6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer announced the winners of NYC BigApps 2015. The contest, BigApps, which is the nation’s largest civic innovation competition, challenged New

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Guerrilla compost bins disguised as newspaper boxes hit the streets of NYC

Guerrilla compost bins disguised as newspaper boxes hit the streets of NYC

Master composter and graphic designer, Debbie Ullman, thinks NYC is addicted to throwing away organic food waste. Therefore, in order to put residents on the right composting path, the former tabloid newspaper designer has created the New York Compost

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Project Farmhouse to bring new sustainable culinary education center to the heart of Manhattan

Project Farmhouse to bring new sustainable culinary education center to the heart of Manhattan

designed by Interbrand and ShiftSpace

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Project Farmhouse, Project Farmhouse Arch Installation, Interbrand, ShiftSpace, urban gardening, gardening nyc, urban gardens nyc, GROW NYC, GrowNYC’s Union Square

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Compost your Halloween jack-o’-lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2015

Compost your Halloween jack-o’-lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2015

Ray Villafane’s zombie pumpkin at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012.

Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are over? Bring them to the Pumpkin Smash! Hosted by the NYC Compost Project,

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Art of Board’s recycled skateboard tiles enliven Macy’s Herald Square

Art of Board’s recycled skateboard tiles enliven Macy’s Herald Square

A colorful installation of eco-interior design has taken residence at Macy’s on 34th Street in Herald Square. Sustainable design company Art of Board has installed their signature recycled skateboard tiles, adorning Macy’s Young Men’s shop. The of

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9 can’t-miss Archtober events to check out this October in NYC

9 can’t-miss Archtober events to check out this October in NYC

Archtober is here!

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Fall Celebration with Lower East Side Ecology Center

Fall Celebration with Lower East Side Ecology Center

Monday, September 28th, 6 – 8 pm
with renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia from the NYC Department of Sanitation
Sims Municipal Recycling Facility (google map link here)
Bike and car parking available, free shuttles

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Have a sustainable stay at NYC’s swanky Ink48 hotel

Have a sustainable stay at NYC’s swanky Ink48 hotel

Kimpton’s Ink48 hotel has a strong sustainability portfolio that goes hand in hand with the brand’s cool luxurious vibe.

Related: New eco-friendly hotel with massive herb garden wall set to open at Central Park next month

The hotel’s green policy caught the attention of the HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design Awards, who named Ink48 Corporate

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Have you noticed NYC’s new WiFi hotspot garbage cans?

Have you noticed NYC’s new WiFi hotspot garbage cans?

From smelly nuisance to public hotspot? Sure, why not? Massachusetts-based company Big Belly has found a way to make NYC Garbage pull double duty as public Wifi Spots.

Cities wanted to offer public wifi face quite a few logistical problems. it

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Treehaus encourages a sort of “urban foraging” at its woodsy Midtown eatery

Treehaus encourages a sort of “urban foraging” at its woodsy Midtown eatery

More businesses are understanding that excellent design and sustainable decisions go hand-in-hand. The Midtown East Eatery, Treehaus, exemplifies that award-winning design can improve human, ecological, and business health. Designers from UnSpace in the

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Brooklyn’s green sewing camp for aspiring designers is eco-fabulous!

Brooklyn’s green sewing camp for aspiring designers is eco-fabulous!

Summer camp attendees will work on DIY projects based on their own suggestions, restyle old clothes and create reusable shopping bags.

“I try to help children understand that not only is sewing a fun thing you can do, but you can also turn it into

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New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet
Food wholesalers with

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Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

“I just carry a 50-foot extension cord in a storage box on board. I frequent restaurants and cafes that have parking in front or nearby and ‘top off’ charge at various waypoints. It frees one from the anxiety of planning a trip around where 220v ,

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Nearly 3 million pounds of clothing recycled by the UWVC in NY last year

Nearly 3 million pounds of clothing recycled by the UWVC in NY last year

New York City’s United War Veterans Council Recycling Program has announced its triumph of recycling a whopping 2.9 million pounds of clothing and household goods in 2014. The incredible feat saved the tax payers $100 per tone, totaling a savings of a

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Cloud Farms’ mini greenhouses let you grow fresh produce right out of your window

Cloud Farms’ mini greenhouses let you grow fresh produce right out of your window

Cloud Farms, the brain child of designer Bradley Ferrada, can bring an easy-to-use vegetable farm to any small apartment. The graduate of Pratt Institute’s Master of Industrial Design program has created to ways to grow fresh veggies in a small space;

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will.i.am launches roll-out of EKOCYCLE recycled bottle sheets across W Hotel rooms around the world

will.i.am launches roll-out of EKOCYCLE recycled bottle sheets across W Hotel rooms around the world

W Hotels Worldwide, will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company Introduce the EKOCYCLE™ Brand to W Hotel Guest Rooms across the Globe Stylish Sustainability Initiative Launches Tonight in New York City; W Hotel Guest Rooms around the World to Have Sheets and

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Free e-waste collection event: Bay Ridge

Free e-waste collection event: Bay Ridge

“Bring your unwanted and broken electronics to our e-waste collection event! For our FAQs including a list of accepted electronics, please click the link below. This collection event runs from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine.

Please help us spread the by

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Free e-waste collection event: Fort Greene

Free e-waste collection event: Fort Greene

“Bring your unwanted and broken electronics to our e-waste collection event! For our FAQs including a list of accepted electronics, please click the link below. This collection event runs from 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine.

Please help us spread the by

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Help a colorful pavilion made of recycled materials bloom this summer on Governors Island

Help a colorful pavilion made of recycled materials bloom this summer on Governors Island

This summer, visitors to Governors Island will get to enjoy not one, but two City of Dreams Pavilions made from recycled materials. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ gorgeous Organic Growth will be joining BanG’s Billion Oyster Pavilion on the grassy knoll

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GrowNYC Stop n Swap – Staten Island

GrowNYC Stop n Swap – Staten Island

GrowNYC will be hosting a Stop n Swap on Saturday, March 28 at Staten Island’s Christ Church New Brighton from 12-3 PM. Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books,  and toys that you no longer need, and take home something

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Load OUT! 2015

Load OUT! 2015

FABnyc is hosting Load OUT! on April 11 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Load OUT is a creative recycling and repurposing riot during which brings together gently used materials from arts organizations throughout the East Village and LES. Take home costumes, and

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Paula Hayes’ intriguing ‘Gazing Globes’ take over Madison Square Park (PHOTOS)

Paula Hayes’ intriguing ‘Gazing Globes’ take over Madison Square Park (PHOTOS)

Scattered across the northwest promenade in the park, Hayes’ Gazing Globes emerge from the ground atop white opaque pedestals that, in recent weather, appear like fingers of ice, each balancing a crystal orb. Hayes, whose lush plant terrariums delighted

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IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

The highlight of SEKTION is its stackable soft-close drawer system, which discreetly stows everything from kitchen tools, linens, pots and pans, to recycling bins, in easy to pull-out “drawers within drawers” – so there’s no reaching, bending or crawling through

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Paula Hayes’ glittering terrarium gazing globes take over Madison Square Park

Paula Hayes’ glittering terrarium gazing globes take over Madison Square Park

Paula Hayes, “Gazing Globes”, 2015 (installation view in Madison Square Park, New York). Polycarbonate spheres and mixed media, 3 feet to 6 feet high. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photograph by Yasunori Matsui

For the next two months, Madison

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Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam containers and plastic bags

Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam containers and plastic bags

New York City’s recent decision to ban single-use styrofoam containers (which will go into effect on July 1st) was celebrated by many as a major step towards eliminating the ubiquitous but unrecyclable product. However, a small NY municipality has one-upped

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