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April 25, 2013
Candidates at the Mayoral Forum

Candidates at the Mayoral Forum 2013

The 2013 Mayoral Forum on Sustainability was held on Monday, April 22 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in NYC.

This Forum was brought together by the  New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF)

The following salient points were discussed during the Forum:

  • Does everyone believe as a principle that man made global warming is real? Yes
  • Buildings are responsible for 75% of carbon emissions in NYC. Does everyone agree? Yes
  • Is 30% reduction in emissions a realistic goal?
  • Where and when the trade offs happen for retrofitting of the buildings constructed way back in the 1950s-60s?
  • What is at the heart for the carbon reduction strategy? Mixed views
  • Will you discontinue what Mayor Bloomberg has started? Mixed views
  • Is anyone in the favor of closing of the nuclear power plants? Only C. Quinn
  • Has anyone studied the Stanford’s study on turbines for meeting all the energy needs of NYC? No one.
  • What are your views on fracking? Mixed views
  • What about the flood zoning areas in the wake of latest events, Irene and Sandy?
  • What are the alternatives to the wall construction strategy? Marshlands, Oyster beds, natural environment
  • Does implementing the above mentioned strategy mean ruining the area/development around the banks?
  • What is the take on buying back strategy? Mixed views
  • Does anyone disagree on the natural measures to combat climate change? Yes. Mixed suggestions
  • Does everyone agree that all New Yorkers should live within 10 minutes of their workplaces? Yes
  • What is NYC doing about the air quality and environmental stress in general?
  • What are the future strategies for better solid waste management?

After the question answers session, all the candidates were given two minutes time to wrap up their views on sustainability in NYC’s context.

You can also relive the action by watching the full video of the forum and post-forum interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show by clicking here.

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