Tagged: New York

Is Your State The Greenest In The U.S.?

Greenopia recently released a list ranking the greenest states in the U.S. Topping the list is Washington. Surprise, surprise they’ve been pretty green over there for a long time. Who’s at the bottom of the list? Louisiana.

New York ranks pretty high, maybe it’s all of that mass transit? The criteria green business directory, green rating and green ranking organization Greenopia used was, according to greenbiz.com:

States were evaluated based on their per capita greenhouse gas emissions, per capita energy and water consumption, air and water quality, recycling rate, renewable energy generation, number of LEED certified buildings, number of green businesses and how progressive their legislatures have been on adopting green measures.

They used data from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, American Lung Association and U.S. Green Building Council.

Check out the full list below the jump. Continue reading

Census Numbers For Black Folks Still Inaccurate

I recently filled out my census, albeit late, but I saw something that upset me on the census form. No, it wasn’t the word Negro, that’s the least of my problems here. My issue is in the very first part of the questionnaire where it clearly states “Do not count anyone in a nursing home, jail, prison, detention facility, etc., on April 1, 2010.”

The census form then states these persons may be counted twice so they should be left off your form. My issue here is that persons in prisons are counted as residents where they are incarcerated so they’re not counted where they’re from. Continue reading

Pepsi To Turn Their Products Into Health Foods

We believe that a healthier future for all people and our planet means a more successful future for PepsiCo,” said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chairman and chief executive officer.

PepsiCo Inc is looking to cut salt, sugar and saturated fats levels in its top-selling products.

According to reuters.com: “It also would reduce the average saturated fat per serving by 15% by 2020, and cut the average added sugar per serving in key global beverage brands by 25% by 2020.”

I like how their goals are so far into in the future, but they do have one goal set to take place next year: Last week Pepsi said it would stop peddling sugary soft drinks to primary and secondary schools on a globally by 2012. Continue reading

NY State Parks To Close This Spring

My governor is going through a lot right now. Governor Paterson has been in the news every night lately and there are plenty who want him out of office even though the majority of the people would like him to finish his term. As a New York City resident and former NY State Parks employee it’s distressing to know that the scandal ridden governor still has tough choices to make like reducing funding for parks to balance the budget.

It seems the part of the park I worked at will be closing along long with other whole parks and historic sites on April 1st. This doesn’t seem to be a joke though. Continue reading