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 out from the containers themselves. Benches are being built out of massive

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Ford and SHFT Launch New Partnership Giving Consumers the “Power of Choice” in Green Living

Ford and SHFT Launch New Partnership Giving Consumers the “Power of Choice” in Green Living

With each new model, Ford has attempted to lighten their vehicles’ environmental impact. The 2008 Ford Escape was the first model to incorporate 100 percent post-industrial recycled plastic in the car’s interior. Since 2009, all Ford interiors are composed

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A Pop-Up Greenhouse by NY Sun Works Could Provide Cypress Hills With Farm Fresh Produce

A Pop-Up Greenhouse by NY Sun Works Could Provide Cypress Hills With Farm Fresh Produce

A new pop-up greenhouse could make its way to the Cypress Hills neighborhood in eastern Brooklyn. As part of an effort to battle the trend of obesity and diabetes in the low-income neighborhood, the conceptual Greenhouse Project will offer the community healthy

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The Dark Room Recycles Trash for a Spooky Experience Like No Other

The Dark Room Recycles Trash for a Spooky Experience Like No Other

Regular fixtures in the art world, Jonathan and Lori teamed up to create a unique experience fueled entirely by the visitor’s imagination. Those brave enough to enter Dark Room were directed to walk through a pitch-black maze, trusting in only a rope to guide

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The East Village’s Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The East Village’s Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The cute East Village one stop shop, Sustainable NYC, has just won the Green America People’s Choice Award for Best Green Business. The general store meets boutique meets café has been providing sustainable goods and great fair trade coffee to East Villagers

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The DIY-Spirited Art Party Launches Tomorrow at The Boiler in Brooklyn

The DIY-Spirited Art Party Launches Tomorrow at The Boiler in Brooklyn

With so many economic challenges, The Art Party serves to offer peaceful alternatives that support creativity and social programs. A critical component involves incorporating resourcefulness and environmental consciousness into daily life. The group celebrates

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Bivouac New York is a Sky-High Campsite Atop a Brooklyn Warehouse

Bivouac New York is a Sky-High Campsite Atop a Brooklyn Warehouse

The project first came about when Stevenson observed that while New York City’s streets and buildings were densely populated, bustling locations, its rooftops still offered vast quantities of untouched, often serene open space. A large-scale installation artist

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FIT Student Denize Sofia Maaloe’s Sustainable Design Wins Warp & Weft’s Rug Design Competition

FIT Student Denize Sofia Maaloe’s Sustainable Design Wins Warp & Weft’s Rug Design Competition

Twenty-four storyboards and design samples animated the walls of the Warp & Weft showroom for the past few weeks. The result of just over a month of work and the first exposure to carpet design for many, students showcased their first assignments from

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Southampton Plastic Bag Ban is Now in Effect!

Southampton Plastic Bag Ban is Now in Effect!

The Hamptons are often written about because of the lavish summer homes and exclusive beach parties, but this past weekend, Southampton, NY made headlines by being one of the first summer towns to pass an extremely green initiative. As of yesterday, plastic

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Parsons DESIS Lab Explores Social & Sustainable Activism in North Brooklyn

Parsons DESIS Lab Explores Social & Sustainable Activism in North Brooklyn

At Inhabitat, we believe that good design can change the world — and we’re not alone in our quest to make this happen. Parsons the New School for Design was founded on this same idea, and today the institution is at the forefront of design thinking and education.

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Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company Makes Sustainable Local Textiles for Eco Designers

Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company Makes Sustainable Local Textiles for Eco Designers

Godesky bought the land in 1978 and went through a series of agricultural endeavors before establishing the farm and mill. She tried raising cows, rabbits and Dorset sheep for meat, but finally found her niche with Icelandic and Shetland sheep. The sheep’s

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GrowNYC and Pratt Industries Give NYC Schools 40,000 Recycling Bins

GrowNYC and Pratt Industries Give NYC Schools 40,000 Recycling Bins

New York City students can now practice the habit of recycling in their own classrooms. Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island Public Schools will be receiving 40,000 new paper recycling bins. As part of the GrowNYC Recycling Champions program, each school

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New York City Lags Far Behind in Recycling Rates

New York City Lags Far Behind in Recycling Rates

New York City may be at the top of its game when it comes to energy efficiency and working toward a greener future, but there is one crucial area where the Big Apple seriously lags behind: recycling. Legislation was passed last year to overhaul the city’s

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Columbia Univeristy Environmental and Sustainable Development Open House

Columbia Univeristy Environmental and Sustainable Development Open House

Do you want to know how to balance a carbon footprint and a bottom line? Interested in studying the environment or sustainable development? Whether you are interested in global poverty alleviation, sustainable development, sustainability management, ecology

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14 Free Green Places to Visit During Open House New York This Weekend

14 Free Green Places to Visit During Open House New York This Weekend

OHNY was started by Scott Lauer in 2001, who was inspired by his experiences volunteering with Open House London. The first OHNY was attended by about 45,000 people and it has grown exponentially every year since, adding new places and programs each year.

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Friends of 20th Street Park Push for New Green Space in Chelsea

Friends of 20th Street Park Push for New Green Space in Chelsea

Friends of 20th Street Park began as a small group of local citizens concerned about the future of the 10,000 square foot lot at 136 West 20th Street. The movement has recently grown to over 2,000 supporters and is gaining momentum as people draft letters

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

The concept for the Night Bazaar was initiated by Aaron Broudo and made possible in part through a Kickstarter campaign. The one-night experiment is part of a larger dream to make it a regular feature of city markets. Ideally, it would allow people to enjoy

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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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Columbia University Students Design a Composting Public Restroom for the School’s Courtyard

Columbia University Students Design a Composting Public Restroom for the School’s Courtyard

The pavilion, called BOB, sits below an inflatable cloud that floats above the courtyard. The project combined the talents of Columbia art and architecture students, and included a public restroom. The pavilion featured sustainable projects by students, including

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1100 Architect Renovates NYU’s Dept. of Linguistics Into a Vibrant Naturally Lit Space

1100 Architect Renovates NYU’s Dept. of Linguistics Into a Vibrant Naturally Lit Space

NYU’s Department of Linguistics is located in an early 19th century 6-story manufacturing building characterized by exposed brick walls and iron columns. Without diminishing these original qualities, the department wanted to improve interaction between the

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Manhattan Cathedral Examines “The Value of Water” in a New Star-Studded Art Exhibition

Manhattan Cathedral Examines “The Value of Water” in a New Star-Studded Art Exhibition

Water is essential to human life. It has also been at the center of many of the world’s conflicts — disaster, drought, ownership and commodification. The six month exhibition serves as a reminder of social and civic service to better the planet. Reverend

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The Municipal Art Society’s Second Annual Summit Will Present Ideas For Making NYC More Liveable

The Municipal Art Society’s Second Annual Summit Will Present Ideas For Making NYC More Liveable

New York is known as a city of big ideas, big buildings, and even bigger success stories. Next week, the Municipal Art Society will launch its second annual summit, a gathering of development and sustainability movers and shakers with the best and most innovative

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Learn How To Dye Your Clothes With Local Produce at the Mobile Textile Lab

Learn How To Dye Your Clothes With Local Produce at the Mobile Textile Lab

Laura Sansone is an instructor at Parsons The New School for Design and has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. Her Mobile Textile Lab came to life in 2010 thanks in part to a grant from Parsons. What began as a project constricted to the Union Square

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Planters Grove Park Designed by Ken Smith Coming to the Lower East Side

Planters Grove Park Designed by Ken Smith Coming to the Lower East Side

While we’re still daydreaming about the Low Line park proposed for the Lower East Side, the neighborhood will be breaking ground on another new park this Monday, October 3rd. While smaller and less fantastical (it’s above ground like a normal park), the new

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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 resource in the sun and our most underutilized urban space is our rooftops.”

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