Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC’s 80 by 50 objective

Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC’s 80 by 50 objective

Taking a huge step closer to NYC’s ambitious 80 by 50 goal, Mayor de Blasio recently announced the launch of the city’s green-minded Technical Working Group (TWG). The group is made up of more than 40 industry leaders, experts and advocates who will help

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Stereotank’s giant heart-shaped sculpture drums up the love in Times Square (PHOTOS)

Stereotank’s giant heart-shaped sculpture drums up the love in Times Square (PHOTOS)

Each year, the Times Square Alliance holds a design competition for invited design teams to submit a proposal for a Valentine Heart sculpture, which is judged by the Architectural League of New York. This year’s winners, Stereotank, are based locally but

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CUNY solar program wins $800,000 DOE grant to design resilient emergency solar energy systems

CUNY solar program wins $800,000 DOE grant to design resilient emergency solar energy systems

Exciting solar news, NYC! Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the City University of New York (CUNY) has been awarded $800,000 to support the design and implementation of the university’s resilient solar electric system plan, Smart DG Hub, which

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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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GREENSPACENYC Happy Hour with Sustanability Nerds

GREENSPACENYC Happy Hour with Sustanability Nerds

Join the GreenspaceNYC team for drinks this Saturday to learn more about how you can participate in their 2015 public programming. Whether you are interested in volunteering, teaching or just hanging out with like-minded sustainability geeks, join in on the

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“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

Organic Growth by Madrid and London-based Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

In a surprising move, the jury of the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition has chosen not one, but two entries as this year’s winners. As part of the ever popular FIGMENT festival

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported

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A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

Will Harlem be the next NYC nabe to get a project by BIG? Earlier this month, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels requested a permit to build a 235,000-square-foot, 233-unit residential building in Harlem, which also includes 37,000 square feet of commercial space.

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city’s antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging stations will offer free Wi-Fi as well as free nationwide phone calls

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new

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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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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue for a living. This fall at the Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Located on the seventh floor of the old Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue, the new Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator is an airy and open space characterized by massive windows, the hum of machines and the electricity of creativity in the air. It’s

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Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

You expect your laundry detergent to keep our clothes clean, but with ingredients like 1-4 dioxane, formaldehyde and tetrahydro myrcenol, is it doing more harm than good? The Simply Co., founded by former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental

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Step Inside NYC’s Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Step Inside NYC’s Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Pizza by Certé is New York City’s only 3-star certified pizza restaurant (as awarded by Dine Green). The staff’s commitment to sustainability is apparent from the moment you step inside thanks to visible features like a vertical garden (which grows fresh

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Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn invite you to hear about innovative humanitarian designs directly from designers and architects themselves at their Design Open Mic on Saturday, October 11th. The PechaKucha-powered discussion will

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Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

When the owners of the 414 Hotel decided to renovate their 22-room boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan, they were looking to implement sustainable and energy-efficient features, but also wanted to ensure a healthy environment and positive energy

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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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The Mets’ Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

The Mets’ Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, just hit an environmental home run! The Mets administration recently announced a number of green upgrades for the sports facility and organization, including a 100-percent alternative energy offset for the stadium’s

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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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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed

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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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See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

“Everyone goes to sleep and wakes up, but everything in between those moments is very personal,” said Patty Lobell, Sales Manager, IKEA U.S. “We all have individual needs when it comes to our morning and evening routines. IKEA understands how people live

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Is Manhattan Sustainable? The Impact of Carbon Footprint on City Life

Is Manhattan Sustainable? The Impact of Carbon Footprint on City Life

WePlant.org is hosting an event to discuss the impact of our carbon footprints on city life. Join this event to hear all about the sustainability of Manhattan from keynote speaker Dr. Michael K. Dorsey, the Interim Director of Energy and Environment at the

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NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently released $41 billion affordable housing plan to create or preserve 200,000 units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers over the next ten years contains an important green component – a sustainable retrofit

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