2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Dazzles with Philips LED Lights

2012 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Dazzles with Philips LED Lights

The annual New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will once again showcase the dropping of a dazzling green ball, as the iconic sphere will be illuminated by energy efficient…

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NYU Student Proposes Street Lamps Powered by Dog Poop

NYU Student Proposes Street Lamps Powered by Dog Poop

image © Billa via Creative Commons Melody Kelemu, a student at NYU, wants to use the poop from the dogs of New York to power lamps in our parks. The idea dawned on the neuroscience…

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World's First Solar-Powered Menorah Lights Up Woodstock, NY

World's First Solar-Powered Menorah Lights Up Woodstock, NY

Forget the 1969 three-day music festival, Woodstock, New York has a new claim to fame: the world's first solar-powered menorah. Rabbi AB Itkin of the Chabad community in Ulster County…

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Zone Green Amendments by DCP Promote Sustainability for NYC's Buildings

Zone Green Amendments by DCP Promote Sustainability for NYC's Buildings

This week, New York's Department of City Planning released Zone Green, a set of proposed amendments to the city's zoning resolution designed to remove obstacles to erecting green…

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Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

New York public schools are being challenged to save as much energy as possible as part of an initiative with the Green Design Lab program. The thirty participating schools will have…

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Brooklyn's Open Source Gallery Winterizes With Low Cost, Sustainable Design

Brooklyn's Open Source Gallery Winterizes With Low Cost, Sustainable Design

"The original gallery burned down and was severely damaged last year in November," said Monika Wuhrer, founder and curator of the Open Source Gallery. A 5-alarm fire in the gallery’s…

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Fracking Opponents Rally at Manhattan Hearing About New York's Proposed Rules

Fracking Opponents Rally at Manhattan Hearing About New York's Proposed Rules

Fracking opponents made their voices heard loud and clear yesterday at a hearing about New York State's proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing. Hosted at the Borough of Manhattan…

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Net-Zero Shipping Container Energy Center Opens at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Net-Zero Shipping Container Energy Center Opens at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Nearly every piece used to construct the center is seeing its second life. The 40 foot long shipping containers and windows are all recycled, and the steel doors and awnings were cut…

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20 New Green Zoning Laws Will Be Unveiled Next Month

20 New Green Zoning Laws Will Be Unveiled Next Month

It's soon going to be easier for New York City buildings to go green. On December 12, a new set of 20 green zoning rules will be unveiled by the Bloomberg administration. The new set of…

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Heat Things Up With Bicycle-Powered Generators

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Heat Things Up With Bicycle-Powered Generators

As the days get colder, things are heating up at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park -- or at least they will have to soon. After experiencing the year's first snow, protesters have…

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Thomas Phifer and Partners' LED City Lights Hit the Streets of Lower Manhattan

Thomas Phifer and Partners' LED City Lights Hit the Streets of Lower Manhattan

In 2004, Thomas Phifer and Partners beat out 200 other participants from 23 countries with the most innovative and cost effective design for New York City street lights. The competition…

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Universities Vie for $400 Million in City Funding to Build a Green Campus on Roosevelt Island

Universities Vie for $400 Million in City Funding to Build a Green Campus on Roosevelt Island

More than a dozen universities from across the world are vying for the top spot in a competition hosted by the City of New York to build a school of applied science on city land. The…

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Only One More Week to See 200 Solar-Powered LEDs Light Up the Hudson River for 'Reflecting the Stars'

Only One More Week to See 200 Solar-Powered LEDs Light Up the Hudson River for 'Reflecting the Stars'

Reflecting the Stars is a free installation, open to the public from now until October 25. Beginning at sunset each night, the faux stars start to twinkle as the tides conceal and…

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Studies Clash on the Impact of Closing Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Studies Clash on the Impact of Closing Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Since the March earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear power crisis in Japan, nuclear energy policies and plants have come under close scrutiny around the world. Here in…

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Doctors Ask New York to Study the Public Health Risks of Fracking

Doctors Ask New York to Study the Public Health Risks of Fracking

As New York State considers whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing, officials have been conducting a seemingly comprehensive risk assessment, studying the effects of fracking on…

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New York Stock Exchange Goes Green With Installation of Super-Insulating Glass

New York Stock Exchange Goes Green With Installation of Super-Insulating Glass

Joining a growing list of New York City landmarks getting green facelifts, the New York City Stock Exchange has been outfitted with new, super-insulating glass that will increase its…

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Empowerhouse Takes First Place In Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Empowerhouse Takes First Place In Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

photo © Martin Seck courtesy Empowerhouse From the outset, affordability played a major role in every decision the Empowerhouse team made, especially because they were building this…

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Team New Jersey's Concrete ENJOY House Bucks the Tide at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey's Concrete ENJOY House Bucks the Tide at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Turns out concrete is pretty savvy choice for the team who was looking for a high performance shell which was still very affordable—a potential deal breaker if teams exceed a $250k…

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'The Taste of Marcellus' Showcases Local Foods From a Region Threatened by Fracking

'The Taste of Marcellus' Showcases Local Foods From a Region Threatened by Fracking

Head down to historic South Street Seaport and Peck Slip to The New Amsterdam Market today for culinary treats for A Taste of Marcellus. Visitors are invited to enjoy a feast of local…

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City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

With so much recent development, New York City’s rooftops remain one of the most underutilized pieces of real estate. As one Team New York member stated, “Our most abundant energy…

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NYC Has Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12% Since 2005

NYC Has Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12% Since 2005

Good news, New York! We are on track to hit the PlaNYC goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017! Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement yesterday as he kicked off…

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Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Climate Week 2011 Calling World Leaders to Join The Clean Revolution

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Climate Week 2011 Calling World Leaders to Join The Clean Revolution

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off Climate Week 2011 yesterday with the release of the annual PlaNYC Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which reported a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions…

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Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

It's official -- the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Thanks to a massive green overhaul that took more than two years, the landmark is now the tallest…

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Flooding From Hurricane Irene Raises New Concerns About Fracking

Flooding From Hurricane Irene Raises New Concerns About Fracking

New Yorkers were shocked when the state issued guidelines that would allow fracking near decrepit tunnels that supply drinking water to NYC, despite alarming research concerning the…

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MAS & Landmarks Commission to Release Green Manual on Improving Historic Buildings' Efficiency

MAS & Landmarks Commission to Release Green Manual on Improving Historic Buildings' Efficiency

Getting approval to modify buildings that are historical landmarks in New York City can be tough, even if the change is small. But thanks to green initiatives like PlaNYC, city agencies…

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