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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PHOTOS: 7 Great Green Gadgets Seen at Engadget Expand NY

PHOTOS: 7 Great Green Gadgets Seen at Engadget Expand NY

Prosthesis

At first glance eatART’s (Energy Awareness Through Art) Prosthesis might not look like it has a single green idea behind it – but it’s actually a zero-emissions robot completely powered by hydraulics and electricity. As its name implies,

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NYC to Save $14 Million a Year by Swapping All Street Lights to LEDs

NYC to Save $14 Million a Year by Swapping All Street Lights to LEDs

New York City is ending the week on a bright note following the news that all of the city’s street lights will be swapped out soon with more energy-efficient versions. The announcement was made yesterday by Mayor Bloomberg and transportation commissioner

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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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Lehman College’s Science Hall Becomes the First NYC University Building to Earn LEED Platinum Certification

Lehman College’s Science Hall Becomes the First NYC University Building to Earn LEED Platinum Certification

Lehman College’s new Science Hall has been awarded top honors for its sustainable, energy-efficient design. The new 69,000 sq. ft. university building in the Bronx recently earned the extremely rare LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building

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Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Say what you want about iconoclast NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – but no one can accuse him of being soft when it comes to the environment. The three-term billionaire technocrat scored numerous environmental victories during his 12 year tenure; from launching

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Climate Change May Actually Steer Future Superstorms Away from NYC But Flooding Remains an Issue

Climate Change May Actually Steer Future Superstorms Away from NYC But Flooding Remains an Issue

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York last October, it was considered a freak occurrence – a “one in 700 year event”. Now weather researchers say that another superstorm hitting the region is actually less likely to happen thanks to, of all things, climate

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Want to See Your Home Featured on Inhabitat NYC? Send Us Photos!

Want to See Your Home Featured on Inhabitat NYC? Send Us Photos!

Are you a green-minded NYC inhabitant with a penchant for sustainable interior design? Inhabitat NYC is looking for cool, forward-thinking New Yorkers who want to share their green homes with the rest of the world. Whether you’re in an apartment, a brownstone

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Did You Know It’s Illegal for New York City Stores to Blast Air Conditioning Outside?

Did You Know It’s Illegal for New York City Stores to Blast Air Conditioning Outside?

We’ve all caught a blast of cool air while walking by the open doors of an air-conditioned store during the summer, but did you know that it’s actually illegal for NYC stores to let AC escape so wantonly? The very common practice among retailers may not

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Today Will Be the Last Day NYPD and Brookhaven Labs Release Perfluorocarbon Gas into NYC Subway

Today Will Be the Last Day NYPD and Brookhaven Labs Release Perfluorocarbon Gas into NYC Subway

Earlier this month, Inhabitat reported that Brookhaven National Laboratory and the NYPD would be releasing trace amounts of perfluorocarbon gas into the subway system as part of the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange program to better evaluate risks caused

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NYPD Releases Perfluorocarbon Gas into NYC Subway System to Better Understand Risks Posed by Airborne Contaminants

NYPD Releases Perfluorocarbon Gas into NYC Subway System to Better Understand Risks Posed by Airborne Contaminants

This morning, the NYPD began the first day of the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange program, an urban airflow study conducted with the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and funded by the Department of Homeland Security Transit Security Grant, which will

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Proposed Floating Power Plant on Hudson River Could Save Hospitals During Outages

Proposed Floating Power Plant on Hudson River Could Save Hospitals During Outages

A floating power plant that could provide vital backup energy in the event of a power outage or natural disaster may soon be coming to the Hudson River (if it can get funded that is). Submitted as a proposal for New York City’s Energy Highway call for ideas,

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Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

The Empire State Building is celebrating a collective $4.7 million in energy savings over the past two years since it received a $500 million energy efficiency retrofit. Five years ago, the famous landmark set out to cut its carbon emissions by installing

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“SURF + TURF + EARTH” Spring Fundraising Gala

“SURF + TURF + EARTH” Spring Fundraising Gala

Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at their annual summer benefit, New Views 2013: South Brooklyn Surf + Turf + Earth. The gala will be held at the spectacular Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn and guest will be able to enjoy unbeatable views of Lady

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Harlem Grown Urban Farm Gives Unemployed Single Moms a Chance to Earn Some Green

Harlem Grown Urban Farm Gives Unemployed Single Moms a Chance to Earn Some Green

Harlem Grown is giving out-of-work, single moms a chance to earn some green while growing greens at their neighborhood urban farm. Four mothers whose children attend P.S. 175 Henry H. Garnet School of Success will serve as trainees for the program, which

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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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The Next NY Mayor Now Has a Roadmap to Greener Buildings

The Next NY Mayor Now Has a Roadmap to Greener Buildings

The next mayor of New York has just been presented with a road map to green the city’s buildings. The built environment account for 75% of carbon emissions, 85% of water use and 95% of electricity consumption in New York, and the Urban Green Council believes

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Climate Change-Related Deaths Are on the Rise in NYC, Says New Report

Climate Change-Related Deaths Are on the Rise in NYC, Says New Report

Enduring a brutally hot summer in New York City may end up killing you. A new study released this week says thanks to global warming and the “urban island” effect, NYC mortality rates due to warming temperatures are likely to increase by 20 percent by

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Mayor Bloomberg Aims to Boost Recycling and Save Taxpayers Money

Mayor Bloomberg Aims to Boost Recycling and Save Taxpayers Money

During his final months in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his sights set on getting the concrete jungle to boost its recycling. Despite the Mayor’s past efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and get New York residents to start thinking more “green”,

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Adam Yauch Park Opens in Brooklyn Heights, Honoring Late Beastie Boys Member

Adam Yauch Park Opens in Brooklyn Heights, Honoring Late Beastie Boys Member

You might have known him as MCA of the Beastie Boys, but before he was a rapper Adam Yauch was just a happy Brooklyn kid playing at his favorite park. The late musician was honored last week when Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights was renamed Adam Yauch

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NYC Installing Solar Panels on Four Rooftops to Power 245 Homes

NYC Installing Solar Panels on Four Rooftops to Power 245 Homes

NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway recently announced plans to outfit the empty rooftop of a Department of Environmental Protection wastewater treatment plant in Staten Island with enough photovoltaic panels to power about 169 homes in the area annually.

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100+ NYC Restaurants Including Momofuku and Le Bernardin to Participate in First Ever Food Waste Challenge

100+ NYC Restaurants Including Momofuku and Le Bernardin to Participate in First Ever Food Waste Challenge

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Mayor Bloomberg announced this morning that more than 100 NYC restaurants have signed up for the first-ever NYC Food Waste Challenge, an initiative that aims to cut down on the amount of organic waste sent to landfills. Some of the

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