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JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

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Mayor de Blasio announces NYC’s new Office of Sustainability

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In a move meant to streamline the city’s climate change policies and sustainability initiatives, Mayor de Blasio has combined the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability with the Office of Environmental Coordination to create New York City’s new Office of Sustainability. The new department will be led by Nilda Mesa, current head of the Office of Environmental Coordination and a well-known proponent of climate change action.

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Steven Holl Architects’ Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

by , 12/05/14

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INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

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It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were allotted to us at recess and lunch breaks. Fortunately, times have changed, and both parents and educators alike are aware of how important it is for children to spend time out in nature, and to receive a more holistic education. We had the opportunity to interview Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Elea Robinson, founding faculty of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to find out how environmental awareness and a nature-based education can help to nurture our children’s minds and bodies, and create a greener future for everyone.

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Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

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The list of things that can be 3D printed keeps growing and growing, and Yuichiro Takeuchi recently added gardens to the tally. The computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo has invented a way to use 3D printing technology to design, print and grow herb and flower gardens in nearly any desired shape. Read on to learn more about Takeuchi’s project, which was unveiled at New York’s Museum of Modern Art during the greener future month at the Sony CSL symposium.

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Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

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RKTB Architects recently announced that its sustainable and affordable housing complex in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court, is now 100% occupied. The 100,000-square-foot structure boasts a host of sustainable features, many of which are not commonly found in low-cost housing. In fact, the complex is one of the first projects to meet the criteria of the Enterprise Green Communities program, which helps make affordable and sustainable architecture more accessible to low-income families.

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NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

by , 12/03/14
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,News

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Bill de Blasio faced a lot of neighsayers when he first vowed to get rid of horse-drawn carriages in the city, and now the mayor is poised to follow through on his words. This past weekend, de Blasio met with City Council members to explain new legislation that aims to prohibit all horse-drawn carriages by 2016. Of course, the proposed bill has sparked fury from the 68 officially licensed carriage drivers in the city.

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Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

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With a population of about 8.4 million people from all kinds of backgrounds, it’s pretty safe to say that New York City has some of the rankest, foulest garbage in the world — but was it enough to overload an entire waste processing facility? The Inhabitat NYC team was overjoyed back in 2013 when Mayor Bloomberg announced a city-wide composting plan to divert 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills each year, but now the program may be in jeopardy due to the closing of the facility tasked with processing all of that organic waste. Peninsula Composting Group in Wilmington, DE was shut down in October after a public hearing where hundreds of area residents gathered to file complaints about putrid odors emanating from the plant.

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

by , 12/02/14
filed under: Food,News

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You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced the bacteria back to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn-based company. Wonton Foods, an Asian food product distributor, has been identified as the source of the sickening sprouts.

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

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After 2012′s Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City’s vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe weather. Although many ideas have been put forth as viable options for protecting the subway from flooding, it looks like one man may be leading the way to a possible solution. In an interview with The Guardian’s Lilah Raptopoulos, long-term MTA employee John O’Grady explained some of the city’s new anti-flooding strategies and how effective they might be at protecting the transportation system during future storms.

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You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

by , 12/01/14

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Who’s hungry? Edible Schoolyard NYC invites you to toast and taste the season at a holiday cocktail party benefiting its efforts to invigorate young New Yorkers through hands-on learning in urban farms and kitchen classrooms. The tastebud-tingling event taking place at Haven’s Kitchen (109 W 17th Street) tonight from 6:30-8:30pm will be hosted by Ali Cayne (Haven’s Kitchen), Sue Chan (Momofuku), Nic Jammet (sweetgreen), Gabe Stulman (Happy Cooking Hospitality), Sophie McNally (Balthazar, Cherche Midi et al) and others, and guests will be able to enjoy food by Chef James McDuffee (Joseph Leonard), Chef Michael Toscano (Jeffrey’s Grocery, Perla, Montmartre), and Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly (Fedora, Bar Sardine), as well as specialty cocktails by Brian Bartels of Happy Cooking Hospitality. Tickets can be purchased for $125 each here with proceeds going to Edible Schoolyard NYC.

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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

by , 11/28/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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While this wasn’t the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of relative luxury at the Prospect Park Zoo. The lucky bird has survived 12 Thanksgivings so far, and seems pretty happy about it, if his energetic strut around the zoo grounds is any indicator.

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

by , 11/26/14
filed under: Animals,News,Queens

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Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park’s Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by the NY Parks Department. Some think that the problem at the lake, which is currently being converted into a nature preserve, might be the result of herbicides being used to kill off invasive plant species in the area.

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

Harlem’s historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it’s back and better than ever. The renovated building, which dates back to 1890 when it was used as a trolley

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6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

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Real Life Church serves up a free Thanksgiving dinner every year in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and thankfully this year, their volunteer registration is now completely full. If you still want to help, you can drop off dessert,

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Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

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East Coasters may want to add good snow tires to their list of things to be thankful for this week. Though it’s still too early to tell for sure, winter storm watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day for

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

There may be a lot of hype surrounding NYC’s swanky new highrises, but what about the buildings that date as far back as 1765? This interactive map by Morphocode pays homage to these time-tested structures by revealing the age of every (and we mean

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification

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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

O’Sullivan purchased the property, which dates back to 1840, in 2009, and has been renovating it with her partner, Mason Brown. The ongoing renovation project is largely funded by the artist’s hand-crafted upcycled sweater creations.

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the Secondary Materials

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Upstate New York’s Farm Sanctuary is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year–and the guests of honor are turkeys! Each year the sanctuary promotes a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, encouraging animal lovers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. The tables

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has big plans for the desolate site of the already demolished Pier 53, and the soon-to-be-destroyed Pier 54. The new space will involve a new pier the size of two football fields that will be elevated on stilts.

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