Bronx School with First City-Approved Green Roof Scoops $100,000 Prize in Abu Dhabi

Bronx School with First City-Approved Green Roof Scoops $100,000 Prize in Abu Dhabi

This is only the second year that the ZFEP has awarded prizes to high schools from five regions. Conceived by the Abu Dhabi leadership as a way to promote green developments across the globe, the $4 million annual prize is divvied up across several categories

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Hevo Power’s Wireless Manhole Cover EV Chargers Arriving Soon in NYC

Hevo Power’s Wireless Manhole Cover EV Chargers Arriving Soon in NYC

Back in October, Hevo Power announced that its new wireless induction EV chargers that look like manhole covers would be arriving in NYC in the first quarter of 2014. Now the company is reporting that they’ve signed a contract with New York University’s

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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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New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Dropped 19 Percent Since 2005

New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Dropped 19 Percent Since 2005

Michael Bloomberg had yet another nice announcement for New Yorkers as he left office this week – citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have dropped a whopping 19 percent since 2005. Major changes in city operations, such as the implementation of cleaner

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One World Trade Center Slated to Open in 2014

One World Trade Center Slated to Open in 2014

After years of anticipation and various types of delays, One World Trade Center is finally poised to open in 2014. Developers have announced that the tower is almost complete, and will soon welcome tenants in the new year. A concrete opening date still has

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Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s First-Ever LED Christmas Light Show Tonight

Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s First-Ever LED Christmas Light Show Tonight

New Yorkers might not be able to see Santa in the night sky this Christmas, but the Empire State Building will be treating us to something just as nice – their first-ever LED Christmas light show. For four nights starting on December 20th, the energy-efficient

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NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips

NYC’s New State-of-the-Art Recycling Facility to Eliminate 150,000 Annual Truck Trips

New York City recently announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn. The waterfront, barge-based recycling center has the capacity to process 1,000 tons of metal, glass and plastic recyclables daily

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Shop for Local Gifts at These 9 Holiday Markets in NYC

Shop for Local Gifts at These 9 Holiday Markets in NYC

Some of these holiday markets will be going strong until the 24th, while others are pop-up events that will only be open for a day or two. If you feel like braving holiday shopping crowds to check them out, you may find some fabulous, unique gifts that are

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Prix Pictet: Power Exhibition

Prix Pictet: Power Exhibition

Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, has chosen Power as the theme for its fourth cycle. As a theme, Power has enormous creative reach, embracing both hope and despair in equal measure. Over two hundred nominators worldwide recommended

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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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MillionTreesNYC Plants Its 800,000th Tree at Governers Island Park

MillionTreesNYC Plants Its 800,000th Tree at Governers Island Park

It seems like just yesterday that MillionTreesNYC reached its halfway point of 500,000 trees planted, but now they’re already up to 800,000! Mayor Bloomberg helped plant the 800,000th tree yesterday on Governors Island in an act that also symbolized the

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Solar-Powered Rooftop Home to Be Raised Atop CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture

Solar-Powered Rooftop Home to Be Raised Atop CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture

The Solar Roofpod is an 800-square-foot, modular one-story structure built with sustainable materials. CCNY students designed the building to take advantage of underutilized rooftops in high-density urban areas such as New York. It can use pure solar energy

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Green New York Ferris Wheel Approved for Construction on Staten Island

Green New York Ferris Wheel Approved for Construction on Staten Island

Similar to a carnival ferris wheel, but much, much larger, the New York Wheel will be a soaring observation opportunity with sky-high views of the nearby Manhattan skyline. Rather than cars, visitors will sit comfortably in glass capsules, allowing for unobstructed

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Leonardo DiCaprio Shows Interest in LEED-Certified Greenwich Village Duplex

Leonardo DiCaprio Shows Interest in LEED-Certified Greenwich Village Duplex

It’s no secret that Leonard DiCaprio is a fan of green initiatives like Citi Bike, and now the Great Gatsby star may be extending his love for sustainability to real estate. The actor was recently seen checking out possible new digs in a LEED-certified apartment

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What Green Initiatives Does New York City’s New Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Have in Store?

What Green Initiatives Does New York City’s New Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Have in Store?

It’s a new day and New York has a new mayor-elect. Bill de Blasio won the 2013 NYC Election by a landslide last night with a solidly liberal campaign focused on ending stop-and-frisk, improving education and fixing economic inequality. But the new mayor

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Bill de Blasio vs. Joe Lhota: Which Candidate Would Make a Greener Mayor?

Bill de Blasio vs. Joe Lhota: Which Candidate Would Make a Greener Mayor?

NYC Election Day 2013 is today! The polls are now open, but if you haven’t voted yet, you might want to consider one last deciding factor before you cast your ballot – which candidate has the best environmental policies. While Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota have

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Sustainable Textile Summit: Textile Lifecycle Management

Sustainable Textile Summit: Textile Lifecycle Management

Manufacture New York is holding their first annual Sustainable Textile Summit focused on Textile Lifecycle Management best practices, strategies and solutions, on November 9th, 2013.

Textiles literally hold together the fashion supply chain, and from seed

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Gensler’s Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler’s Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler has re-imagined NYC with town squares that could protect against flooding and power outages when the next Sandy-like storm strikes. The project is part of the global design firm’s Town Square Initiative, which aims to redesign open spaces in urban

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Practical Utopias: Exploration of Asian Mega-Buildings and Urbanism Comes to NYC’s Center for Architecture

Practical Utopias: Exploration of Asian Mega-Buildings and Urbanism Comes to NYC’s Center for Architecture

If you read Inhabitat on the regular, you’ve probably heard about Archtober, but did you know that the month-long celebration of architecture extends far beyond the borders of New York City? Case in point: The AIA New York Center for Architecture recently

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Green-Roofed Visitor Center Earns LEED Gold Certification

Designed by the New York-based multidisciplinary design firm WEISS/MANFREDI, the BBG Visitor Center was envisioned as a seamless gateway between city and garden. The building is hailed as a model of energy-efficient design and includes sustainable features

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HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline

HWKN Flips Holy Tabernacle 90 Degrees to Fit into Manhattan’s Dense Skyline

When asked to design a building in Manhattan following the plans laid out for the Holy Tabernacle in the Torah, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) faced one major obstacle – space. Unphased by the problem, the firm found a solution and created a glittering design called

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Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Bright ‘n Green Net-Zero Energy Community to Open for House Tours This Weekend

Construction on Bright ‘n Green, the aptly-named net-zero energy building in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach area, is nearly complete. The building is on its way to becoming one of the city’s highest-ranking green buildings, meeting LEED Platinum standards

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NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

NYC EVENT: Get Free Tickets to an Important Panel Discussion with Ford and AIANY on Resilient Design

Hey New Yorkers!
Here’s your chance to meet some of today’s most influential designers and architects, participate in an exciting panel discussion about resilient design and enjoy a free lunch while you’re at it. We’re gearing up for an important webcast and

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New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving quite the environmental legacy.  This week, the mayor’s office announced that this past winter, NYC air quality reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years – a success the administration attributes

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AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

AIANY Cancels Its Controversial Sandy Anniversary Beach Building Tours After Public Outcry

Public outrage has prompted the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter to cancel their controversial tours of the new Rockaway beach buildings that were scheduled on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Originally included as a highlight in the

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