Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of New York City’s energy-efficiency standards this week right on the heels of the world’s largest climate march this past weekend. The plan focuses most of its initiatives on NYC buildings (both public

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

The implementation and care of a vertical garden, however, does not technically break the agricultural Shabbat, explains Megan Whitman, senior director of arts and ideas at the center. “By not using the ground, we can still give the land a rest,” she explains.

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting

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People’s Climate March 2014

People’s Climate March 2014

Join tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world on September 21st for what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March call on the UN and world leaders to take action to reduce global

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7 Gorgeous Vertical Gardens That Bring Living, Growing Art to the Walls of New York City

7 Gorgeous Vertical Gardens That Bring Living, Growing Art to the Walls of New York City

plant wall design specializes in – you guessed it – planted walls, and they work together with architects and designers to create vegetal art to adorn both public and private areas. Designer Marie Christine Steffanetti and hydraulic systems engineer Laurent

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5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta’s Pizza

5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta’s Pizza

5. They grow their own produce on top of two repurposed shipping containers.
Looking at Roberta’s concrete-heavy facade, you’d never imagine the wealth of tomatoes, eggplants, figs, peaches, berries and greens being grown inside. Made of two repurposed shipping

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Newly Completed Hudson Woods Complex Offers Serene Eco-Living Deep in the Catskills

Newly Completed Hudson Woods Complex Offers Serene Eco-Living Deep in the Catskills

Each home in Hudson Woods is set on a large lot within the development’s expansive 131-acre site, allowing for exquisite views of the surrounding Catskills Mountains. Guided by a sustainable landscape architect and forester, the homes were built into the area’s

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

This Lower East Side apartment makes 432 sq. ft. of space go a long way with a few simple tricks. Clutter-free surfaces, bright pops of color on a neutral background and a mirrored wall that bounces back natural light back all make the studio appear larger

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Randall’s Island Urban Farm Open House

Randall’s Island Urban Farm Open House

Head to Randall’s Island this weekend to join this Urban Farm open house event that includes a free informal tour and a chance to chat with Urban Farm experts! The Urban Farm grows a variety of fruits and vegetables and consists of two greenhouses, four rice

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Explore This Beautiful Underground Eco-Home in East Hampton

Explore This Beautiful Underground Eco-Home in East Hampton

The beautiful modern home uses just 1/5 the amount of energy that a traditionally built home would use, thanks to the convex roof and low-impact materials. Behrooz has long been a fan of the airplane hangar-like design, seeing the building type as one with

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Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

Would you pay $50 to eat food scraps in a dumpster? Grad student Josh Treuhaft’s supper club offered up exquisite culinary creations by chefs from the Natural Gourmet Institute – all made from vegetables bound for the garbage bin. Last month, Treuhaft

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New Chicken Coop Pops Up at Edible Schoolyard NYC

New Chicken Coop Pops Up at Edible Schoolyard NYC

Chickens have come to roost at P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard thanks to a new coop. The green elementary school classroom was already home to a plotted farm and greenhouse + kitchen, and now its flock of fine-feathered friends will help educate children about

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NEW VIEWS 2014 Benefit for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

NEW VIEWS 2014 Benefit for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

Party on the waterfront at NEW VIEWS 2014: Brooklyn Surf & Turf & Earth! The 10th annual movable feast will be held at the phenomenal Duggal Greenhouse, with adjoining waterfront patio, located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard! Devour unlimited

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New York Moves to Revolutionize Power Grid with System That Boosts Solar and Wind Energy

New York Moves to Revolutionize Power Grid with System That Boosts Solar and Wind Energy

New York State is proposing a revolutionary change to how utilities operate that would move away from the 20th century business model of centralized power stations to a 21st century market-based distributed energy system that would give solar and wind a big

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

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

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

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Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

The new Green Loop facilities would be built on top of artificial islands connected to the boroughs via jetties. The concept hub stations would have street level compost centers with elevated public parks planted on top. These composting parks could process

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What Does the Bankruptcy of the Company That Built Citi Bike Mean for Bike Sharing in NYC?

What Does the Bankruptcy of the Company That Built Citi Bike Mean for Bike Sharing in NYC?

Bixi, the Montreal-based non-profit that developed the technology for New York City’s bike sharing program, has filed for bankruptcy. Although the financial crisis isn’t entirely Bixi’s fault, many are concerned about what it means for the future of Citi

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Where Does New NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Stand on Environmental Issues?

Where Does New NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Stand on Environmental Issues?

It’s a new year and New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio was sworn in yesterday as the 109th mayor of NYC, and described the metropolis he inherited as a “tale of two cities” in his inauguration speech. “Big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a

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Gowanus Whole Foods Opens with Super-Green Parking Lot Powered by Urban Green Energy

Gowanus Whole Foods Opens with Super-Green Parking Lot Powered by Urban Green Energy

Earlier this week, the much-anticipated Gowanus Whole Foods finally opened its doors to eager patrons. In addition to the super-green market’s rooftop farm and solar array, the new store boasts one of the most energy-efficient parking lots ever. The technology

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Mayor Bloomberg Transfers 12 Acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell for New Tech Campus

Mayor Bloomberg Transfers 12 Acres of Roosevelt Island to Cornell for New Tech Campus

It’s been some time since we last heard about Cornell’s forthcoming 12.5 acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island, but the plans moved forward today as Mayor Bloomberg officially signed off on a transfer of the prized land to the university. Now that Mayor

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NYC Homeless Man Codes App That Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

NYC Homeless Man Codes App That Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

Leo Grand doesn’t fit the typical archetype of an environmentalist. Despite having unveiled his car-sharing app, Trees for Cars, to the world last Tuesday, Grand has been sleeping on the streets of New York City for over two years. But Leo’s homelessness,

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NYC Food Waste Challenge Announces 2,500 Tons of Trash Diverted from Landfills

NYC Food Waste Challenge Announces 2,500 Tons of Trash Diverted from Landfills

Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Food Waste Challenge reached a major milestone recently with the announcement that the city diverted over 2,500 tons of food from landfills in the past six months. The voluntary composting program, which consists of over 100 participating

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NYC’s Largest Solar Power Installation to Be Built at Freshkills Park in Staten Island

NYC’s Largest Solar Power Installation to Be Built at Freshkills Park in Staten Island

Staten Island is going green in a big way. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the borough’s Freshkills Parks will be home to NYC’s largest solar energy installation. About 47 acres of land will be leased to SunEdison, a global provider of

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Roof Farm-Topped Gowanus Whole Foods Set to Open in December

Roof Farm-Topped Gowanus Whole Foods Set to Open in December

Whole Foods has announced that it will be opening its long-awaited Gowanus store on December 17th this year. In addition to putting the usual organic and artisan products on it shelves, the new location at 214 3rd Street will bring the local food trend to

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