The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

Green tech startups now have a new place to call home in downtown Brooklyn. The Urban Future Lab - which was unveiled last week by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering - will be

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Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

The deadline to apply for NYC’s green roof tax abatement program is approaching fast. The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition recently reminded us that applications must be in by March 15, 2014. New legislation also raised the abatement

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DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

New Yorkers looking to green up their neighborhoods now have a chance to get some serious funding for their ideas. The Department of Environmental Protection is currently accepting applications for new projects that will help absorb rainwater to prevent sewer

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James Corner Field Operations’ Muscota Marsh Restoration Will Help Clean the Harlem River

James Corner Field Operations’ Muscota Marsh Restoration Will Help Clean the Harlem River

The lead firm behind the High Line recently completed their newest riverfront park, a self-sustaining ecosystem located on an acre of land in northern Manhattan. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Muscota Marsh is an ecological gem featuring salt marsh

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NYC’s $92 Million Flood-Resistant Pier 42 Project Moves Forward

NYC’s $92 Million Flood-Resistant Pier 42 Project Moves Forward

“Responding to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the city’s ongoing dedication to resilient design, all aspects of the project are designed to be flood-resistant and environmentally restorative,” reads the press release sent by Mathews Nielsen Landscape

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Bade Stageberg Cox Wins EDGE/ucation Competition to Design Flood-Resistant Outdoor Classroom in Harlem

Bade Stageberg Cox Wins EDGE/ucation Competition to Design Flood-Resistant Outdoor Classroom in Harlem

Located in the traditionally under-resourced region and flood plain zone of Inwood/Washington Heights, the envisioned space highlights and adapts to the area’s floodwater lifecycle. Sited on twin peninsulas at the river’s edge, the “Edge Portals” project

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Steinway & Sons to Transform Parking Lot Into Green Stormwater Solution in Astoria

Steinway & Sons to Transform Parking Lot Into Green Stormwater Solution in Astoria

Famous piano maker Steinway & Sons is giving its massive parking lot a lush green facelift with the help of non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP). The 53,500 square-foot concrete lot will be retrofitted with storm water capture systems, such as

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Landscape Design Alumni Series: Landscape Design Can LEED to Sustainability

Landscape Design Alumni Series: Landscape Design Can LEED to Sustainability

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is transforming the built environment, resulting in projects that meet the highest green standards for energy and water efficiency, environmentally friendly building materials, and healthy communities.

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INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INHABITAT: To start off, can you tell us a bit about ORLI and the 3C competition?

DAN: Operation Resilient Long Island started a global design ideas competition called 3C (short for Comprehensive Costal Communities) and we asked submissions to focus on

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Osborne Association’s Innovative Blue and Green Roof Brings Urban Beekeeping to the South Bronx

Osborne Association’s Innovative Blue and Green Roof Brings Urban Beekeeping to the South Bronx

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection teamed up with the non-profit Osborne Association recently to unveil one of the nation’s first integrated blue and green rooftop systems. Located in the South Bronx, this innovative green infrastructure system

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Designed by the New York-based multidisciplinary design firm WEISS/MANFREDI, the BBG Visitor Center was envisioned as a seamless gateway between city and garden. The building is hailed as a model of energy-efficient design and includes sustainable features

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Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Construction on Bright ‘n Green, the aptly-named net-zero energy building in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach area, is nearly complete. The building is on its way to becoming one of the city’s highest-ranking green buildings, meeting LEED Platinum standards

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The Empire State Building Gets a 9,100 sq. ft. Green Roof by Xero Flor

The Empire State Building Gets a 9,100 sq. ft. Green Roof by Xero Flor

Xero Flor added greenery to the 21st floor east, 21st floor west, 25th floor northwest and the 30th floor west of the Empire State Building. Tenants on the 21st floor can enjoy their own personal sky garden and utilize the patio furniture to take lunch breaks

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NYC City Council Passes 5 Building Resiliency Laws to Protect Against Future Storm Damage

NYC City Council Passes 5 Building Resiliency Laws to Protect Against Future Storm Damage

Yesterday, the City Council of New York City passed important legislation that will promote the resiliency of urban buildings in the face of future hurricanes and extreme weather. The laws enacted were based on five of the recommendations laid out by the

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NYC DEP Unveils Plan to Add Stormwater-Filtering Green Infrastructure to Bed-Stuy Streets

NYC DEP Unveils Plan to Add Stormwater-Filtering Green Infrastructure to Bed-Stuy Streets

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install green infrastructure in eastern Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn as a means to prevent stormwater from polluting Newtown Creek. The proposed green infrastructure would use natural

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Arad’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin Towers, are the center of the memorial. The pools as are large voids, a visible

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Beautiful Field of Flowers Sprouts on Green Roof of Unassuming Maintenance Building

Beautiful Field of Flowers Sprouts on Green Roof of Unassuming Maintenance Building

The green roofed maintenance building is located at 17 Pitt Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, away from the hubbub of Essex Street, which is probably why we never noticed it before. Designed by CTA Architects, the structure is part of a larger cluster

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NYRP Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Storm-Resistant Outdoor Classroom

NYRP Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Storm-Resistant Outdoor Classroom

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) recently launched their EDGE/ucation Pavilion Design Competition to source ideas to protect Sherman Creek Park in Washington Heights against future storms and flooding. Eight young architecture firms have been selected

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Grow Your Own City Proposes a Modular CLT Housing Development for Red Hook, Brooklyn

Grow Your Own City Proposes a Modular CLT Housing Development for Red Hook, Brooklyn

Benjamin Bye, Alex Kenton, and Jason Rood from the University of Oregon won first place for their proposal, Grow Your Own City, in the Timber in the City student design competition. The competition, which was organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools

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Dog-Killing Blue Green Algae Bacteria Found in Parts of Long Island

Dog-Killing Blue Green Algae Bacteria Found in Parts of Long Island

It sounds like the opening scene of a horror movie: a dog in Long Island was playing with its owner and stopped to take a drink from a local pond. A short while later, the poor Jack Russell terrier started convulsing and suddenly died. The cause? A dangerous

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Construction of Water-Filtering Gowanus Canal “Sponge Park” Will Finally Begin in 2014

Construction of Water-Filtering Gowanus Canal “Sponge Park” Will Finally Begin in 2014

The exciting project will attempt to clean up the sewage-laden Gowanus Canal, which has been consistently polluted since the dawn of industrialization in the area. The cleansing park will run along either side of the canal, planted with plants that naturally

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120 Tons of Oyster Shells Dumped Into the Bronx River as Base for New Mollusk Population

120 Tons of Oyster Shells Dumped Into the Bronx River as Base for New Mollusk Population

Great things often come in small packages, and when it comes to cleaning up the Bronx River, environmentalists are turning their attention to oysters—nature’s answer to improved water quality. A crew aboard a 100-foot barge dumped 120 tons of oyster shells

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New South Bronx Green Roof Will Provide Environmental Education and Stormwater Runoff

New South Bronx Green Roof Will Provide Environmental Education and Stormwater Runoff

The Point Community Development Corporation in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx recently installed a new 7,350-square-foot green roof atop its main facility to assist with stormwater run-off and provide a foundation for environmental education. The

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Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

According to an annual progress report released last week, PlaNYC is on track to exceed its greenhouse gas reduction goals by the year 2030. The paper measured progress on more than 100 citywide initiatives launched by the mayor’s office to meet its

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Bronx Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of Stormwater from Entering Sewers

Bronx Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of Stormwater from Entering Sewers

The newly completed installation of a green infrastructure project in the Edenwald section of the Bronx will prevent nearly 2 million gallons of stormwater from entering the sewer system each year. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection invested

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