Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


Green Is Good: The Nature Conservancy wants to persuade big business to save the environment.” By D. T. Max. New Yorker. May 12, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 3-9, 2014)

Monday, February 10th, 2014


Parks Department Takes a Seat Behind Nonprofit Conservancies.” By Michael Powell. New York Times. February 4, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (December 23-29, 2013)

Monday, December 30th, 2013


Hospice firms draining billions from Medicare.” By Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating. Washington Post. December 27, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (November 11-17, 2013)

Monday, November 18th, 2013


Conservation Group Keeps Buying Land, Helping State Parks Grow.” By Lisa W. Foderaro. New York Times. November 16, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (November 4-10, 2013)

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Sedgwick group hopes to save Caterpillar Hill’s spectacular view, but needs help.” By Nell Gluckman. Bangor Daily News. November 4, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 15-21, 2013)

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


Audubon Society flying high; A balanced budget and a bigger nest egg have recharged the nonprofit.” By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. July 21, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 17-23, 2013)

Monday, June 24th, 2013


Commotion Over the Sale of John Denver’s Sanctuary.” By Jack Healy. New York Times. June 19, 2013.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (April 8-15, 2013)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013


Couple claim wrongful firing by Rockland Institute.” By Stephen Betts. Bangor Daily News. April 12, 2013. A Washington couple has filed a lawsuit claiming they were fired by by a Rockland organization that provides services to islands, after the husband and wife reported alleged illegal activity. The lawsuit comes, however, less than two months after the Maine Human Rights Commission unanimously voted to find there were no reasonable grounds to find that the Island Institute of Rockland or the Port Clyde Community Groundfish Sector retaliated against James and Susan Frank of Washington. The lawsuit on behalf of the Franks was filed Thursday in Knox County Superior Court against the Island Institute and Port Clyde organization — both of which are non-profit corporations. The commission voted 5-0 at its Feb. 25 meeting to clear the organizations after Susan Frank argued her case before the board, according to the minutes of the human rights commission meeting. Island Institute President-Elect Rob Snyder said he welcomes the opportunity to respond to the couple’s claim, but he had not seen the lawsuit which has yet to be served on the Island Institute. He pointed out the ruling by the human rights commission.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (February 6-12, 2012)

Monday, February 13th, 2012


Real-Estate Crash Aids the Green Movement.” By Laura Kusisto. Wall Street Journal. February 10, 2012. The real-estate crash left pockets of the region’s rural areas littered with the remnants of would-be golf courses, shopping centers and luxury subdivisions that never got off the ground. But the market swoon has yielded an unexpected upside for environmentalists. Land trusts—nonprofit organizations that buy open fields, forests and other untamed properties to preserve them as open space—say they’ve received dozens of calls from developers over the past few years willing to sell them properties in upstate New York, Connecticut and New Jersey at discounts of up to 90%. The Scenic Hudson Land Trust Inc. recently bought a 185-acre parcel of land across the river from the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Dutchess County. The trust had coveted the tract for years but balked at the price tag. The developer, Jacob Frydman, chief executive of United Realty Partners, planned to build 175 homes and a shopping center on the site. When Scenic Hudson approached him during the boom years, he offered to sell them the land for $10 million. But after the market crashed, Mr. Frydman said he saw things a bit differently. “By the time 2008 rolled around, it became pretty clear to me that even though I thought this was exceptionally valuable, it was going to be a couple of years before the market caught up,” he said. The trust ultimately bought the majority of the site for just over $2 million. Even more than previous downturns, the recent recession has created unique opportunities for land trusts to grab properties at cheap prices because land values in rural areas once ripe for second-home development and golf courses have taken a steep dive in the housing crisis.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 23-30, 2012)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012


Small non-profit works to reduce massive sewage spills into San Francisco Bay.” By Paul Rogers. San Jose Mercury-News. January 23, 2012. Every year, winter rains like the recent storms that have soaked the Bay Area help fill reservoirs and perk up lawns. But they also carry an ugly downside, causing aging sewage systems to back up, overflow and malfunction, endangering human health and polluting San Francisco Bay. Last year, a staggering 17.5 million gallons of raw or partially treated sewage spilled in the nine Bay Area counties — enough to fill 26 Olympic-size swimming pools — and 95 percent of it flowed to the bay, lakes or streams. But with little fanfare, a small nonprofit group is steadily turning the tide. Over the past five years, San Francisco Baykeeper, with a staff of eight people, has filed 10 lawsuits under the Clean Water Act, seeking to force dramatic reductions in sewage spills. The group has won every one, securing settlements that are forcing 20 cities from the East Bay to Silicon Valley to invest tens of millions of dollars replacing miles of cracked pipes, boosting inspections and cleaning up their operations. “We have the worst polluters on a path to success,” said Deb Self, executive director of the San Francisco-based group. “It’s a quality-of-life issue. There shouldn’t be areas where there is sewage in the streets and playgrounds and flowing into the bay. These are not conditions we should have in this country.” The group took advantage of a 2006 law passed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that requires every public agency running a sewer system in California to file monthly reports showing how many spills their systems suffered and how much was spilled. The reports are tallied up in a database and posted on the Internet. Baykeeper began ranking the roughly 100 cities in the Bay Area by their rate of spills. It hired lawyers and began suing them under the Clean Water Act, one of the nation’s most powerful environmental laws — and one that gives regular citizens, rather than just government agencies, the authority to sue polluters.