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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Upper East Side Residents Fight to Protect Kids From Damaging Health Effects of Planned Trash Station

Upper East Side Residents Fight to Protect Kids From Damaging Health Effects of Planned Trash Station

Residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side are fuming over the Marine Transfer Station that is being planned to transport garbage in and out of a location at East 91st St. Opponents of the facility are mainly concerned about the station’s proximity to a

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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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PHOTOS: MoMA’s “Rain Room” Lets You Walk Through the Rain Without Getting Wet

PHOTOS: MoMA’s “Rain Room” Lets You Walk Through the Rain Without Getting Wet

The sophisticated system is made up of a complex network of pressure regulators, solenoid valves, sensors, and tracking cameras, all controlled by custom software designed by Random International. The grated floor allows for constant water recycling, and collects

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will.i.am and EKOCYCLE Announce $200,000 Grant to Spur Household Recycling in the South Bronx

will.i.am and EKOCYCLE Announce $200,000 Grant to Spur Household Recycling in the South Bronx

Recycling may seem like second nature for some New Yorkers, but for many, it’s a confusing and inconvenient process. “Residents of the South Bronx who live in large apartment buildings face numerous obstacles that make it difficult to recycle on a regular

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Ideas City Festival Livens Up the Bowery With Green Installations and Sustainable Fun

Ideas City Festival Livens Up the Bowery With Green Installations and Sustainable Fun

Inhabitat favorite Kim Holleman was there with her Trailer Park holding court at a prime location right in front of the New Museum’s doors and inviting guests to take a shady break and relax inside the plant-filled pop up park. After taking a load off, many

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New “e-cycleNYC” Program Brings Electronics Recycling Right to Your Doorstep

New “e-cycleNYC” Program Brings Electronics Recycling Right to Your Doorstep

Recycling your old electronics is about to become a lot easier in NYC. This week, New York City Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced the launch of a new residential electronics recycling program called “e-cycleNYC” in partnership with Electronic

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Ideas City Festival and StreetFest Returns to the Bowery This Weekend!

Ideas City Festival and StreetFest Returns to the Bowery This Weekend!

The New Museum’s Ideas City Festival has hit the Bowery again, with a slew of art and culture events lined up for this weekend. This year’s festivities include artistic projections onto the museum’s façade, panel discussions on subjects like innovative

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Green New Yorkers Rejoice! Mayor Bloomberg to Announce Start of Rigid Plastics Recycling in NYC

Green New Yorkers Rejoice! Mayor Bloomberg to Announce Start of Rigid Plastics Recycling in NYC

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New Yorkers who’ve found themselves majorly annoyed that the city would not accept salad containers, plastic fast food boxes and other rigid plastics for recycling are in for some good news today. This afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg

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10 Eco-Tastic Earth Day Activities to Do in New York City!

10 Eco-Tastic Earth Day Activities to Do in New York City!

Eco-Chick.com’s Sustainable Spring Fashion Party
Get a head start on your Earth Day party plans in style! Eco-Chick.com will be hosting a sustainable spring fashion presentation on the 18th featuring an array of local NYC designers. Take a gander at collections

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10 Global Companies Join PlaNYC Carbon Challenge to Cut Greenhouse Emissions

10 Global Companies Join PlaNYC Carbon Challenge to Cut Greenhouse Emissions

New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017 has taken another step in the right direction. At a press conference at Rockefeller University yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the PlaNYC Carbon

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The Junkluggers Makes Millions Hauling Away Your Unwanted Crap

The Junkluggers Makes Millions Hauling Away Your Unwanted Crap

Josh Cohen has turned other people’s trash into a treasure all his own. Before launching his business, The Junkluggers, back in 2004, Cohen was making just over minimum wage as an intern at a commercial real estate firm. After discovering that a friend made

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Pier 57 “Incubox” Shipping Container Mall Approved by City Council

Pier 57 “Incubox” Shipping Container Mall Approved by City Council

The project features sixty shipping container shops that will bring retail appeal to the former shipping industry pier under the unified name “Incubox”. For the first two years of operation (basically until the entire pier makeover is complete), retailers

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The Fancy Fox Thrift Shop Opens Near 5 Pointz and PS1 in Long Island City

The Fancy Fox Thrift Shop Opens Near 5 Pointz and PS1 in Long Island City

Penafiel has had this fox for many years, but it wasn’t until recently that the fellow acquired his fancy haberdashery (thanks to a seamstress friend in the same building).

Even though she obviously has a knack for it, Penafiel wasn’t always in the thrifting

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Recalling 1993: NYC’s New Museum Transforms Old Pay Phones into Portals to the City’s Past

Recalling 1993: NYC’s New Museum Transforms Old Pay Phones into Portals to the City’s Past

The New Museum has hijacked the city’s pay phones and transformed them into time machines that allow city-dwellers to make calls 20 years into New York’s past. Anyone strolling along Manhattan’s streets can now walk up to a pay phone, dial 1-855-FOR-1993,

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WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores Social Inequality Using Recycled Materials

WASTED: Artist Alex White Mazzarella’s New Exhibit Explores Social Inequality Using Recycled Materials

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Get Free Stuff at the Load OUT Repurposing and Recycling Riot!

Get Free Stuff at the Load OUT Repurposing and Recycling Riot!

Enjoy an afternoon of repurposing and recycling activities that showcase creative thinking about sustainability and the arts! Take home all the donated costumes, props, and furniture you can carry—bring bags and carts to transport your findings, if necessary.

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Mayor Bloomberg’s New Legislation Tells Convenience Stores to Hide Their Cigarettes

Mayor Bloomberg’s New Legislation Tells Convenience Stores to Hide Their Cigarettes

Unshaken by his failed attempt to banish large sugary drinks in the city, Mayor Bloomberg is now after a different public health-related issue with a proposed bill that would require stores to conceal cigarettes. Introduced during a speech this week at the

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Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC’s Largest Public Space Recycling Initiative in Times Square

Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC’s Largest Public Space Recycling Initiative in Times Square

Recycling in New York City just got a little easier today with the launch of the city’s largest public space recycling initiative. Mayor Bloomberg joined the Times Square Alliance, BigBelly Solar and the Alcoa Foundation this morning to announce the debut

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NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

The New York City Department of Sanitation is calling on the city’s youth to conceive, design, and implement innovative cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects in their boroughs. Citywide schools (both public and private) from grades K-12 can compete

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E-Waste Recycling in Park Slope

E-Waste Recycling in Park Slope

Have old electronics that you’re not sure what to do with? NYC and the Lower East Side Ecology Center are organizing a recycling event this weekend where you can responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics. Simply bring your used electronics to the

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New York City Students Rally to Ban Plastic Bags

New York City Students Rally to Ban Plastic Bags

A group of children from the Hewitt School’s Earth Committee are making waves in the city, calling for a plastic bag ban and working with leaders to make New York City a greener place to live. Through Change.org, the students have collected 1,616 signatures

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FEMA Implements Go Green Initiative to Reduce Environmental Impact One Paper at a Time

FEMA Implements Go Green Initiative to Reduce Environmental Impact One Paper at a Time

When natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike, reducing the amount of papers printed to brief Federal Emergency Management Agency staff on action plans hardly seems like a top priority. But now that things have calmed down a bit, FEMA’s New York Joint

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Curious Bookshelf Grows Out of Fallen Trees

Curious Bookshelf Grows Out of Fallen Trees

If you feel like this curious bookshelf looks like it’s growing right out of tree trunks, you’re not far off from the truth. Cazenovia, New York-based artist David Harper created the installation, which he calls “STACKS”, by recycling fallen logs. Built

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Mayor Bloomberg Stresses Greening of New York City in Final State of the City Address

Mayor Bloomberg Stresses Greening of New York City in Final State of the City Address

Yesterday Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address, and not surprisingly, the focus of his talk was on making NYC an even greener place than it is now. In the speech, Bloomberg spoke prophetically of a reduced carbon footprint,

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