I can't tell how many football fields would be filled with paper, or how many trees were cut down. (The Forest Ethics website is likely a better source for this information.)
The population of New York City is currently estimated to be 8,213,839. If all 350 million catalogues were being delivered here, my neighbors and I would each expect to receive 42.6 catalogues annually.
Which leads me to a local news item. Anticipating growth of the NYC population to 9 million by the year 2030, Mayor Bloomberg recently announced creation of an Office of Sustainability.
"Sustainability" is a word with many uses. From the New York City website, the city's current working definition:
Sustainable development is a concept that is often invoked but difficult to define. The Bruntland Commission memorably defined it in its 1987 report "Our Common Future" as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."The focus of this office appears to be on upgrading the city's aging infrastructure, ensuring housing for the extra 800,000 people, and addressing environmental concerns.
Mayor Bloomberg acknowledges global warming -- apparently supporting Al Gore's belief in the threat of increased flood risks in our boroughs. New York has thus set four environmental goals:
Reducing our city's global warming emissions by more than 30% by 2030, a target we know is achievable even just using technology that exists today.You can read his entire speech at the city's website.
Achieving the cleanest air quality of any big city in America.
Cleaning up all of our contaminated land.
And, finally, opening 90% of our rivers, harbors, and bays for recreation by reducing water pollution and preserving our natural areas.
NYC's current sustainability efforts, and calls for our opinions, are detailed at the PLANYC2030 website.