If Bloomberg is serious about pushing the greening of NYC I’ve got a few more suggestions for him, starting on a much smaller scale.
1) Fine businesses with their doors open and the A/C blasting. Seriously, maybe this is supposed to entice me to come in and shop in a cooler environment but in reality it just pisses me off. It’s so wasteful and arrogant to throw your doors open like that in the middle of an energy crisis and with a more conservationist public walking by.
2) Ban telephone books. Three different companies plop huge stacks of telephone books in my lobby every year, and the entire stack goes into the recycling a few days later. How long has it been since you used a telephone book?
3) Regulate packaging. My average take out lunch includes 2 paper bags, (one to wrap my drink, and one to contain everything), a plastic food container, 20 napkins, a packaged fork/napkin/salt combo, 1 piece of tinfoil, 2 pieces of waxed paper, a cardboard stiffener at the bottom of the paper bag, and a plastic bag AROUND the paper bag. Even trying to argue with the counter girl who is packing it all up doesn’t seem to lessen it. All I really need is the food container.
4) Ban menuing. I get 8 to 10 takeout menus, usually multiples of the same one, under my door every week. How much of that is necessary? I’d say none.
There you have it, my humble suggestions for greening NYC, what are yours?