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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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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Urban Chandy’s Cool Recycled Chandeliers to Light up BKLYN Designs 2013

Urban Chandy’s Cool Recycled Chandeliers to Light up BKLYN Designs 2013

Urban Chandy uses Edison bulbs to complement the majority of their chandeliers – sometimes up to 18 of them – which dangle at varying lengths from a ceiling mounted base. Most of the bases are made with reclaimed wood such as black walnut or Merbau, as well

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NYC Getting More Micro-Units, Sends Out Another Request for Proposals for Tiny Apartments

NYC Getting More Micro-Units, Sends Out Another Request for Proposals for Tiny Apartments

It seems that NYC’s new micro-apartment trend has already taken off before the first unit has even been built. The Department of Housing Preservation, the Citizens Housing Planning Council and NYC Development Commissioner Matthew Wambua just announced a new

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New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens

New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens

Slated to open as early as late fall of this year, the Gowanus Whole Foods location will employ Gotham Greens to grow high-quality, pesticide-free produce year round. The new greenhouse will integrate advanced irrigation systems using recycled and mineral-enhanced

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DIY: How to Trick Begonias into Blooming Early Using a Terrarium

DIY: How to Trick Begonias into Blooming Early Using a Terrarium

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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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Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Private Golf Green and Rooftop Oasis Redefine Work and Play at a Midtown Office Building

Created as a contemporary garden terrace for Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices, the green roof features a plant collection consisting of several grasses, shrubs and perennials integrated with ipe decking. The rooftop also boasts a 3-hole putting

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Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three New Green Bills That Address Climate Change

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Three New Green Bills That Address Climate Change

Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t wasting any time on combating climate change and greening the Big Apple as his third term comes to a close. Recently, he signed three new critical pieces of green legislation authored by Councilmember James F. Gennaro (D-Fresh

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Mayor Bloomberg Unveils World’s First Green Food Truck Powered by Compressed Natural Gas

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils World’s First Green Food Truck Powered by Compressed Natural Gas

Yesterday, mayor Michael Bloomberg and Oklahoma clean energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens unveiled New York City’s first green mobile food truck powered by compressed natural gas. The Neapolitan Express Pizza truck serves up its slices with the help of Clean

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New Report Shows How NYC Could Cut 90% of Its Carbon Footprint by 2050

New Report Shows How NYC Could Cut 90% of Its Carbon Footprint by 2050

With all the dire predictions about climate change in the news, it’s easy to start thinking that the problem is too large to even begin to untangle. But a new report released by the Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, says

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Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Calls for Storm Preparation, Clean Tech Innovation and Tougher Assault Weapon Legislation

Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Calls for Storm Preparation, Clean Tech Innovation and Tougher Assault Weapon Legislation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State address, entitled “New York Rising”, earlier this afternoon. As expected, some of the main points the governor touched upon included plans to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, how we can proactively prepare for further extreme weather events and tightening up New York State’s assault-weapon ban. Read on for a summary of Gov. Cuomo’s agenda for the year, which also includes an aggressive move towards innovation, clean tech and green initiatives.

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