6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer announced the winners of NYC BigApps 2015. The contest, BigApps, which…

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Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

The Guardian is reporting that former NYC Mayor and business magnate, Michael Bloomberg has been chosen to lead a global taskforce on climate change. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank…

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New York City's ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

New York City's ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

Mayor Bill de Blasio's green buildings plan for NYC, One City Built to Last, has won the C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award in Paris. The comprehensive plan,…

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Efficient heating upgrades could save $150 million and 312,000 tons of carbon emissions annually in NYC

Efficient heating upgrades could save $150 million and 312,000 tons of carbon emissions annually in NYC

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says that New York City property owners could save $150 million a year and reduce climate change by doing one simple thing. Environmental…

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NY Attorney General forces world's largest coal company to come clean about false public statements

NY Attorney General forces world's largest coal company to come clean about false public statements

New York’s Attorney General has reached an historic agreement with Peabody Energy Corporation today over the coal giant’s false statements about the environmental impact of its…

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'Cool Globes' eco-spheres bring artful climate change awareness to Battery Park

'Cool Globes' eco-spheres bring artful climate change awareness to Battery Park

If you're walking around Battery Park soon make sure to check out the globe-trotting, eco-conscious art installation, “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cool Plant”. As part of an…

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Mayor de Blasio proposes divestment from coal to step up NYC's fight against climate change

Mayor de Blasio proposes divestment from coal to step up NYC's fight against climate change

Mayor Bill de Blasio http://inhabitat.com/nyc/tag/de-blasio/ announced yesterday his proposal that NYC’s pension funds divest from coal. This marks the most recent development in the…

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NYC announces $100M for Lower Manhattan storm protection infrastructure

NYC announces $100M for Lower Manhattan storm protection infrastructure

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was marked around the country, and the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy is almost upon us, Mayor de Blasio announced a massive $100…

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De Blasio takes major step toward powering NYC with 100% renewable energy

De Blasio takes major step toward powering NYC with 100% renewable energy

“This is a call to the marketplace: the biggest energy customer you’ll find is ready to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to renewable power,” said Mayor de Blasio.…

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How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the effects of climate change

How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the effects of climate change

Many of New York's elite came out to play when the new Whitney Museum was inaugurated on May 1, 2015, but nobody, except John Whitaker, noticed the 15,500 pound door. Part of a…

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Mayor de Blasio opens first rebuilt section of new resilient Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Mayor de Blasio opens first rebuilt section of new resilient Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

TEXT “Today is a great day for the Rockaways and for our city. The boardwalk is central to this community’s history and identity – and the new boardwalk will be a…

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Mayor de Blasio announces winners of the RISE:NYC climate change solution competition

Mayor de Blasio announces winners of the RISE:NYC climate change solution competition

RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy .... Eleven winners have been selected in a global competition to help small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy to prepare…

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NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that the creation of a new $1.8 million program to fund the development of local responses to climate change. The Community Climate…

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Pratt's Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city's sewer problems

Pratt's Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city's sewer problems

Flooding and sewage overflow has been a hot button issue in New York City since Hurricane Sandy, inciting city and private programs to create new systems to help prevent future…

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Mayor de Blasio unveils major solar installations for three NYC public buildings

Mayor de Blasio unveils major solar installations for three NYC public buildings

“We committed to retrofitting every public building as part of our sweeping goal of an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 – because climate change is nothing less than an…

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NYC environmental groups worried about de Blasio's revamp of PlaNYC

NYC environmental groups worried about de Blasio's revamp of PlaNYC

NYC Environmentalists are waiting with bated breath to see if Mayor de Blasio has plans to rebrand PlaNYC, the city's eight-year-old sustainability blueprint designed by the Bloomberg…

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New study finds that breathing polluted air in NY can increase stroke risk

New study finds that breathing polluted air in NY can increase stroke risk

According to new findings from the NYU Langone Medical Center, highly polluted air in parts of New York state could greatly increase the risk of strokes. This is because dirty air can…

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Have you seen the revolutionary

Have you seen the revolutionary "Dryline" flood barrier coming to NYC's East River? (VIDEO)

The Dryline - BIG Teams Vision for Rebuild by Design from BIG on Vimeo. It looks like the Bjarke Ingels Group's BIG U proposal to create a flood barrier along Manhattan's East River…

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New report unveils wet and wild climate future for NYC

New report unveils wet and wild climate future for NYC

According to a new NPCC climate change report released this week, NYC's climate future is going to be increasingly hot and perilously wet. The paper, which is the first of its kind to…

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New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

It's been a busy week for Mayor de Blasio. First he launched the Green Buildings Technical Working Group to up the ante on the city's ambitious carbon emissions reduction plan, and now…

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Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC's 80 by 50 objective

Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC's 80 by 50 objective

Taking a huge step closer to NYC's ambitious 80 by 50 goal, Mayor de Blasio recently announced the launch of the city's green-minded Technical Working Group (TWG). The group is made…

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This is what NYC would look like if sea levels rose 100 feet

This is what NYC would look like if sea levels rose 100 feet

Climate change is scary, people, and here's a map that may give you a little chill down your spine. Jeffrey Linn, a Seattle resident with a background in geography and urban planning,…

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Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Do you think you'd be able to give up steaks and burgers for one day of the week? The latest city-supported health initiative is encouraging New Yorkers join the Meatless Monday…

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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of…

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Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Now some of the details of the plan are surfacing,…

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