How Citi Bikes Could Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC

How Citi Bikes Could Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC

An event at Universal Studios powered by people pedaling bikes equipped with ASE generators.

Pedal-powered generators are nothing new. In fact, we’ve featured quite a few examples here on Inhabitat from a pedal-powered music festival in Union Square (which

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NYC Pig Owners Fight to Keep Their Beloved Pets, Wilbur and Petey

NYC Pig Owners Fight to Keep Their Beloved Pets, Wilbur and Petey

Danielle Forgione and her family love their pig Petey, who is named after her brother who perished in a motorcycle crash last year. But the New York Health Department is citing a health code law prohibiting people from keeping pigs as pets and, according

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EPA Says Gowanus Canal Cleanup Could Cost Up to $504 Million

EPA Says Gowanus Canal Cleanup Could Cost Up to $504 Million

The heavily polluted Gowanus Canal was made a Superfund site just two years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency, which will help clean up the body of water once dubbed “the Lavender Lake.” Last week, the EPA announced just how much it will cost

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New Yorkers are Living Longer than Ever Thanks to Public Health Initiatives

New Yorkers are Living Longer than Ever Thanks to Public Health Initiatives

Thanks to public health initiatives and creative urban alternatives, New York City’s life expectancy has increased more than anywhere else in the United States. The death rate is lower than ever before thanks to initiatives to get New Yorkers physically active,

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Bloomberg Passes a Bill Requiring PCB Leaks in Schools to Be Reported to the Public Immediately

Bloomberg Passes a Bill Requiring PCB Leaks in Schools to Be Reported to the Public Immediately

Thanks to a new law, parents of New York City students can be a little less worried about undetected polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) leaking fluorescent light fixtures. The City Council and Mayor Bloomberg passed a law Monday that requires schools to notify

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Steven Rodrig’s Incredible Recycled Circuit Board Sculptures Include a “Data Throne” Toilet

Steven Rodrig’s Incredible Recycled Circuit Board Sculptures Include a “Data Throne” Toilet

After years of being surrounded by computers, Rodrig discovered something beautiful about the old circuit boards constantly being discarded around him. He could no longer stand the disposal of these aesthetically perfect pieces of technology that simply didn’t

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Sponge Park To Start Soaking Up Pollution From the Gowanus Canal this Spring!

Sponge Park To Start Soaking Up Pollution From the Gowanus Canal this Spring!

Designed by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio, The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park is a multifunctional public green space that would run along both sides of the canal, helping to absorb and filter surface water runoff to remediate the waterway.

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Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

The group was divided into teams of two and each was delegated one of the Eight Principles for Managing a Commons from Nobel Prize winning Economist Elinor Ostrom’s work. From each assigned principle, participants formed questions concerning the structure

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SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab Explore NY’s Most Astonishing Post-Natural Landscape

SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab Explore NY’s Most Astonishing Post-Natural Landscape

At the start of our adventure, Inhabitat and several other attendees gathered at the LAB in the East Village, and after two subway rides and a quick trip on the path train to New Jersey, we finally arrived at our destination. Standing on the shore of the

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NYC DOE Failed to Inform Parents that Bronx School’s Air & Soil Contained Cancer-Causing Toxins

NYC DOE Failed to Inform Parents that Bronx School’s Air & Soil Contained Cancer-Causing Toxins

You’d think the Department of Education would’ve learned their lesson after the recent PCB debacle went spiraling out of control as more and more of the City’s negligence was starting to come to light. But at a meeting last week with parents, Chancellor Dennis

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Biologists Studying NYC’s Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

Biologists Studying NYC’s Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

An unfortunate consequence of living in an urban environment is that city folk tend to forget about nature. But for a group of field biologists working with the city parks department, New York City offers some of the most interesting and diverse environmental

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NYC Parents Sue DOE to Speed Up Removal of PCB Tainted Lights From City Schools

NYC Parents Sue DOE to Speed Up Removal of PCB Tainted Lights From City Schools

We haven’t heard much lately about the continuing battle to have PCB-tainted light fixtures removed from city schools, but on Wednesday, NYC parents filed a federal lawsuit in response to the city’s refusal to replace PCB laden light fixtures within a shorter

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Discovery of Asbestos Complicates Removing PCB Leaking Lights from NYC Schools

Discovery of Asbestos Complicates Removing PCB Leaking Lights from NYC Schools

The fact that PCBs have been leaking into New York City’s schools for months is bad enough, but now the situation has been even further complicated with the discovery of asbestos.

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EPA Wants 5-Year Removal Plan for PCB Leaking Lights in NYC Schools

EPA Wants 5-Year Removal Plan for PCB Leaking Lights in NYC Schools

The EPA has rejected the Bloomberg administration’s 10-year removal plan and is pushing for a five-year removal deadline.

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Staten Island’s Freshkills Park Could Be Delayed Due to Sinking Fields

Staten Island’s Freshkills Park Could Be Delayed Due to Sinking Fields

A sinking foundation could delay the opening of the first segment of Freshkills Park in Staten Island.

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EPA to NYC: 10-Year Removal Timeline for PCB Leaking Light Fixtures is Too Long

EPA to NYC: 10-Year Removal Timeline for PCB Leaking Light Fixtures is Too Long

The EPA is pushing New York City to create a faster timeline for removing PCB tainted light fixtures from the city’s schools.

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A Hudson River Fish Has Evolved to Be Immune to PCBs

A Hudson River Fish Has Evolved to Be Immune to PCBs

Mankind’s actions constantly affect the ecosystems around us and just like in The Simpsons where the nuclear power plant produced three-eyed fish, so the Hudson River has spawned a species of bottom-feeding fish that has genetically developed an immunity to

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Highest Possible Levels of PCBs Found at Brooklyn School, EPA Suspends Inspections

Highest Possible Levels of PCBs Found at Brooklyn School, EPA Suspends Inspections

Brooklyn school shows highest levels of PCBs yet; EPA suspends inspections of lighting fixtures.

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NYC Will Replace All School Lighting Fixtures Tainted by PCBs Over the Next Ten Years

NYC Will Replace All School Lighting Fixtures Tainted by PCBs Over the Next Ten Years

New York City officials announced yesterday that they will replace all of the outdated fixtures containing PCBs in 772 schools over the next ten years.

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Toxic PCBs Leaking into NYC Schools

Toxic PCBs Leaking into NYC Schools

Not long after the holiday break, a Staten Island mother received a shocking letter from her children’s school: PCBs had been found on the floor tiles. The culprit was a leaking light fixture.

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