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INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

by , 04/23/14

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It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were allotted to us at recess and lunch breaks. Fortunately, times have changed, and both parents and educators alike are aware of how important it is for children to spend time out in nature, and to receive a more holistic education. We had the opportunity to interview Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Elea Robinson, founding faculty of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to find out how environmental awareness and a nature-based education can help to nurture our children’s minds and bodies, and create a greener future for everyone.

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Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches the “Citi Bike of Coffee Cups”

by , 04/23/14

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Considering that the average New Yorker can drink several gallons of coffee a day, you can imagine the amount of disposable java cups clogging up our landfills. So could a coffee cup-sharing program, like Citi Bike but for cups, be the solution? Good to Go is a bold new idea that the Brooklyn Roasting Company is currently piloting in partnership with DO School entrepreneurs. The cup-sharing program is the Dumbo coffee company’s attempt to cut down its paper cup waste. Read on to find out how it works.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

by , 04/23/14

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Is a Waterfront Streetcar Line the Future of Transportation for Brooklyn and Queens?

by , 04/23/14

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Would a streetcar line running along the waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens benefit your commute? New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman recently revived the idea, which was originally proposed by urban planner Alex Garvin nearly a decade ago, in a new article entitled Brooklyn to Queens, but Not by Subway. In the piece, Kimmelman proposes a light rail line that would run north to south along the East River through the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria Park and Long Island City before crossing over Newtown Creek on a bridge (which would need to be built) to wind its way through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill with a final destination of IKEA Plaza in Red Hook.

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

by , 04/23/14

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Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change, which we as a society are unequipped to deal with. So how can we improve our children’s health and well-being while also teaching them environmental literacy so that they are able to respond to looming ecological problems? How can classrooms be made less toxic and more environmentally friendly? How can school food be made healthier? With these topics in mind, Inhabitat is hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming NYC Green Festival to tackle the challenges faced by parents today when trying to choose the best education for their kids. Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating the talk and will be joined by Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition For Healthy School Food, Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Teacher and Co-Leader of Go Green Committee at Manhattan Country School; and Elea Robinson, teacher and founding faculty at the new, eco-friendly New Amsterdam School.

WHEN: Saturday April 26th @ 11:30am
WHERE: NYC Green Festival, Community Stage

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

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INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

by , 04/23/14

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For many of us growing up, sustainability wasn’t much of a topic at school (other than maybe planting a tree or two for Earth Day), but that’s changing rapidly. Nowadays, environmental awareness and incorporating social justice and diversity are crucial topics that children need to engage with in order to fully understand what is happening in the world around them – and maybe even to help turn things around. Creating a sustainable learning environment is also critical for children’s health, well-being, and their ability to learn. We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Head Teacher and Co-Leader of the Go Green Committee at the Manhattan Country School, about how to implement an eco-conscious curriculum at your child’s school from an early age starting with just a couple of small steps. Read on for our full interview with Aimee to see her thoughts about what makes a school “green,” the benefits of learning on a farm and how more traditional schools can be more like Manhattan Country School.

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Second Annual NYCxDESIGN Festival Will Be a Celebration of Design from the 5 Boroughs

by , 04/22/14

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NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this May with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May 9th through May 20th, highlighting locally-made products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics, furniture and even buildings. The initiative, along with the Built/NYC program that was launched after the success of last year’s NYCxDESIGN, is aimed towards supporting New York City-based designers and growing the local economy.

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+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

by , 04/22/14
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2014 is turning out to be a very “positive” year for + POOL, a project aiming to bring a floating, water-filtering pool to New York City’s East River. This morning at the new Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the + POOL team announced that they have partnered with Google Drive to create an interactive tool that will keep the public informed about the quality of New York’s waters and how + POOL’s equipment is improving it. Read on for a sneak peek at the new app, which is set to launch on May 6th.

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Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

by , 04/22/14

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It’s no secret that New York’s Citi Bike program is in financial trouble, but the person who could help to save it might come as a bit of a surprise. Bruno Rodi, a Quebec businessman who deals in fine furniture, recently put in a $3.6 million (USD) bid to buy Bixi, which you might remember is the bankrupt company that supplied Citi Bike with its rather problematic equipment. The purchase now seems likely to go through, but what will this mean for the future of Citi Bike?

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10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

by , 04/22/14
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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

by , 04/21/14
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Horseless Electric Carriages Debut at the New York Auto Show

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

by , 04/21/14
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PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

by , 04/20/14

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An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

An anonymous New York City artist has been using discarded materials to hack urban infrastructure into playful and practical installations. Whether it be impromptu scrapwood seating added to bike racks or tarp hammocks strung from construction fencing, the

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Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Swoon has worked on similar environmentally focused projects, such as her “junk rafts” made of salvaged materials that are also included in the Submerged Motherlands installation. The enormous constructed tree that acts as the installation’s focal point rises

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development,

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PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

CCNY originally created the Solar Roofpod as their entry into the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The solar-powered micro dwelling measures 750 square feet and along with providing enough space for a city dweller to live in, can produce

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Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

The underbelly of an elevated train might not be the first place you’d think to spend a Saturday afternoon, but you may reconsider after seeing what’s in store for two reclaimed public spaces in Queens. The Sunnyside Shines BID has teamed up with the NYC Department

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Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

At Inhabitat, we’re all about downsizing to smaller spaces, but for many people, tiny living is less of a choice and more often a painful and necessary part of life. Photographer Annie Ling has captured this unfortunate reality in her photos of 81 Bowery,

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Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

Some of New York’s most resourceful homeless residents are making the Manhattan Bridge their new home. The New York Post reports that several people have been spotted turning the cozy confines between the bridge’s metal beams into coffin-sized living spaces.

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City Harvest is Looking for Volunteers for Their Upcoming Queens Bridge Mobile Produce Market Team

City Harvest is Looking for Volunteers for Their Upcoming Queens Bridge Mobile Produce Market Team

Help City Harvest bring healthy food to neighborhoods that need it by joining their Mobile Market team! The Queens Bridge mobile market will be up and running behind the Jacob Riis Settlement House starting on April 26th, and City Harvest is currently scouting

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Brooklyn’s First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

Brooklyn’s First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

Located at 951 Pacific Street, the R-951 residence is named for its resilience and high R-value along with its address. The relatively narrow rowhouse structure contains three homes, each with about 1,500 sq. ft. of space. The bottom residence is a two-bedroom

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

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When 6,000 Citi Bikes rolled onto the streets Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time nearly a year ago, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted that “we now have an entirely new transportation network without

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