New York City

Poll: New York’s Earth Day environmental initiatives

Poll: Assessing legislation on plastic and paper bags and new rules for buildings.


Highline Albachiaraa/Shutterstock

To mark Earth Day, politicians have been talking about how to protect the environment – and in some cases, they’ve been passing legislation aimed at doing just that.

In recent weeks, the state Legislature approved a ban on plastic bags, while the New York City Council passed a legislative package that includes a new 5-cent charge on paper bags as well as another law requiring mid-sized and large buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is aiming to “ban inefficient all-glass buildings that waste energy and reduce vehicle emissions.”

The various measures have won both praise and criticism. So in this week’s reader poll, we’re asking you to weigh in.