New York City only diverts 15 percent of its waste from landfills. But within the next two weeks the city will issue a request for proposals to help New York double its diversion rate by 2015, said Deputy Mayor of Operations Cas Holloway last Thursday at the State of our City event.
Holloway’s announcement was just one of many points made in the panel discussion — presented by City & State and hosted by Baruch College — on how New York City stands in regard to infrastructure, quality of life and higher education, and where it can improve.
In addition to the deputy mayor, panelists included Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Joe Lhota, chairman of the MTA; Richard Anderson, president of New York Building Congress; Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters; Ronda Wist, senior vice president for policy and advocacy at the Municipal Arts Society; John Mogulescu, dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies; David Skobey, executive dean of the New School for Public Engagement and Josh Thomases, deputy chief academic officer at the New York City Department of Education.
WATCH VIDEO: Session 1: Infrastructure and DevelopmentSeth Pinsky, Joe Lhota and Richard Anderson discuss upcoming MTA developments, high speed rails and the problems with financing infrastructure projects.
WATCH VIDEO: Session 2: City LivingCas Holloway, Marcia Bystryn and Ronda Wist discuss historic preservation, waste management, rivately owned publicly operated spaces like Zuccotti Park, affordable spaces for entrepreneurs, sustainability and crime.
WATCH VIDEO: Session 3: Higher EducationJohn Mogelesku, David Skobey and Josh Thomases discuss the state of public and private universities, partnerships with high school students, retention rates, federal funding and internships to prepare highschoolers for the working world.
All videos by MetroFocus/Bijan Rezvani