Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Community Foundation officially launched a 3 year, $750,000  green initiative program called Green Spaces yesterday, an exciting new project that promotes and implements sustainability practices and environmental improvements in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg,

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DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Shares Her Vision for NYC’s Future

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Shares Her Vision for NYC’s Future

At some point or another, we’ve all been frustrated by the mean streets of NYC. Whether it’s due to the congested roads, delayed and crowded mass transit, or the lack of sufficient bike lanes, everyone seems to have a different opinion on how to improve transportation

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New York City Council Passes Two Bills to Encourage Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

New York City Council Passes Two Bills to Encourage Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

New Yorkers have been growing urban farms for quite some time, but it finally looks like the city government is officially supporting urban farming efforts. City Council passed two bills last week in an effort to support consumption and production of local

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Today is the Last Day to Submit to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan in NYC

Today is the Last Day to Submit to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan in NYC

Today is the deadline for 16,000 building owners — which represent about 1/2 of all of the city’s interior space — in New York City to hand in data on their building’s energy and water use as a part of Local Law 84, NYC’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

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Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn is home to almost 50 percent of New York City’s community gardens, and it looks like that number is about to go up! The Brooklyn Community Foundation, in support of Brooklyn gardeners and environmentalists, is offering micro grants to fund the creation

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9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

While New Yorkers struggle to install solar panels because of our city’s complex bureaucracy, our neighbors across the Hudson River are upping the ante in the solar power game. New Jersey has broken the record, which was set by itself, for the largest solar

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New York City Adds 70 Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet

New York City Adds 70 Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the official New York City transportation fleet. The addition is made up of 50 Chevy Volts, 10 Ford Transit Connect Electric cargo vans and 10 Navi-star “E-star”

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New Social Networking Site ‘Change by Us NYC’ Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

New Social Networking Site ‘Change by Us NYC’ Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

Have any green ideas that you think would help improve the city? Change by Us NYC, an innovative website created by Local Projects, is exactly what you need to get your voice heard. The site, dubbed “a social network for civic activity,” officially launched

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Closing Down New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Closing Down New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Back in March, we reported that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, a mere 24 miles away from NYC, houses one of the most dangerous reactors in the country. Closing it down, however, might be a double edged sword. The DEP released a report stating that shutting

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NYC Named Third Greenest City in New Environmental Sustainability Survey

NYC Named Third Greenest City in New Environmental Sustainability Survey

Eco-friendly New Yorkers, take a moment and pat yourselves on the back. In a new survey on the sustainability practices and policies of American and Canadian cities, New York was named the third greenest city, just behind the historically top ranked cities

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NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

The Trust for Public Land, in an exciting effort to promote a greener city, is turning over one of the largest network of community gardens in the nation to local residents across the five boroughs. In total, 69 parcels of land, encompassing about eight acres

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East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

It’s no secret that stormwater runoff is a serious contributor to pollution in NYC waterways, especially in areas in southern Brooklyn and Queens. In East New York, a lower-income neighborhood in Brooklyn, old and overburdened sewers release foul odors and

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New York Solar Jobs Act of 2011 to be Voted on Today

New York Solar Jobs Act of 2011 to be Voted on Today

The New York Solar Jobs Act of 2011, a bill that aims to bring huge environmental and economic benefits to New York, is set to be voted on in the State Assembly today. In New York politics, the Anthony Weiner scandal and the hotly debated Gay Marriage Bill

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Seeing Green To Conduct First Ever Research on Stormwater Management Benefits of Urban Farms

Seeing Green To Conduct First Ever Research on Stormwater Management Benefits of Urban Farms

It’s no secret that we love urban farming and green roofs, and while there are plenty of well-known benefits to greening up roof tops, there is still a lot that is misunderstood. Seeing Green: The Value of Urban Farms has set out on a research mission to better

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Massive Fuel Cell Could Put NYC’s City Hall Off the Grid

Massive Fuel Cell Could Put NYC’s City Hall Off the Grid

City Hall may be getting a green makeover. Officials are currently finalizing plans for a massive fuel cell for the landmark building after a proposal to build rooftop solar panels was rejected. Housed in a large, green box on City Hall’s north side, the

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NYC & Other C40 Cities Announce Partnership with World Bank to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NYC & Other C40 Cities Announce Partnership with World Bank to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the World Bank announced a new partnership that will help cities speed up reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and become more energy efficient. The C40, headed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, signed

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New York City Stops Central Park Car Ban Despite Overwhelming Support

New York City Stops Central Park Car Ban Despite Overwhelming Support

We’ve recently reported on Councilwoman Gale Brewer’s proposal to ban cars from the Central Park “loop,” as part of an overall effort to promote a safer and greener NYC. The city, however, doesn’t seem to agree. Despite overwhelming support by surrounding Community Boards and New Yorkers in general, the city has slammed the breaks on a proposed 2-month trial ban to study the effects of the proposed legislation on overall traffic.

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City College NY Students Unveil Penthouse Solar Roof Pod for the Solar Decathlon

City College NY Students Unveil Penthouse Solar Roof Pod for the Solar Decathlon

You’ve probably noticed that nearly every roof in New York City is flat, but do you know why? The roofs were designed this way to allow for additional floors to be added as the city expanded, and New Yorkers have taken advantage of the flat space in an endless

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1000 NYC Superintendents Graduate From Energy Efficiency Training Program

1000 NYC Superintendents Graduate From Energy Efficiency Training Program

One thousand new superintendents graduated yesterday from “One Year, One Thousand Green Supers,” another exciting green initiative sponsored by the city. Now in its second year of operation, the program has been a huge success so far. The program is a 40-hour class that trains supers in the latest practices for energy efficient operations. The class also trains workers to tackle wasted energy problems and helps them create a green operating plan along with performing cost-benefit analysis for building owners and managers.

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ConEd and Columbia Study Shows Green Roofs Retain More Water Than Expected

ConEd and Columbia Study Shows Green Roofs Retain More Water Than Expected

Water is one of the most fantastic and essential resource this plant has to offer and New York City is beginning to better understand water’s urban benefits, especially in the fight to clean-up its waterways. Back in 2008, ConEdison, NYC’s electric company,

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Manhattan Community Board Backs Plan to Remove Cars from Central Park

Manhattan Community Board Backs Plan to Remove Cars from Central Park

New York City has really been working hard to turn its infamous concrete jungle image into something greener and more sustainable. Last month, updates to PlaNYC 2030 were released with some pretty substantial goals set for 2013, including increased public

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New Fordham University Dormitories Obtain LEED Gold With Help From NYSERDA

New Fordham University Dormitories Obtain LEED Gold With Help From NYSERDA

More and more New York colleges are jumping on the green building bandwagon. Last week, Fordham University obtained LEED Gold certification for its recently built Rose Hill Dormitories, supported by $555,000 in NYSERDA incentives. The funding will also allow

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The Municipal Art Society Presents PlaNYC 2.0: A Conversation with David Bragdon

The Municipal Art Society Presents PlaNYC 2.0: A Conversation with David Bragdon

The Municipal Art Society is hosting an exciting opportunity to hear about what’s new in the city’s efforts to make NYC a greener city. The event, PlaNYC 2.0 will feature speaker David Bragdon, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

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Seward Park Co-op Launches EV Sharing Program with the Nissan Leaf

Seward Park Co-op Launches EV Sharing Program with the Nissan Leaf

The Seward Park Cooperative in the Lower East Side has just launched an electric vehicle sharing program for its residents. The co-op, located on Grand Street, installed four electric charge stations earlier in the year, and on Friday, they officially unveiled

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Fiat’s Faux 500C Cars Pop Up On Manhattan Streets and Come Bearing Fruit (Trees)

Fiat’s Faux 500C Cars Pop Up On Manhattan Streets and Come Bearing Fruit (Trees)

NYC has always been know for its awesome parks, and even more recently, for some rather interesting urban forest projects. It looks like it won’t be stopping there either. As part of the MillionTreesNYC project, Fiat North America is donating and installing

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