December 4, 2013
Professor Rebecca Bratspies and student fellows with CUNY Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) have been working closely with parents at PS85 in Astoria, Queens, to address noise from nearby subway tracks that is affecting students’ learning and health.
Together, CUER and parents are asking the Department of Education, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and Community Board 1 in Queens to work together to fund noise dampening measures for the school. Parents are planning a rally on Monday and gathering signatures for a petition to draw attention to the issue.
Read more in “Parents Push to Quiet Roar from Trains Near Queens School” in today’s New York Times.
Professor Bratspies was also interviewed on local channel ABC 7 about this issue.
CUER is dedicated to developing new avenues of participation and new opportunities for citizen empowerment in environmental decision making. The center facilitates important social conversations about the acceptability of environmental risks and the need for equitable distribution.
Professor Rebecca Bratspies is the director of CUER. Her teaching and scholarly research focus on environmental and public international law, with a particular emphasis on how legal systems govern the global commons and how law can further sustainable development. She has published widely on the topics of environmental liability, regulatory uncertainty, regulation of international fisheries, and regulation of genetically modified food crops.