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Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

Michael Bloomberg

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has been chosen to lead a global task force on climate change. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England and FSB chair, told the Guardian that more information would be provided at the ongoing COP21 Paris climate change forum, but that the task force would be used to assess the growing risks to international financial systems due to climate change.

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Gov. Cuomo mandates 50 percent renewable energy for New York by 2030

by , 12/04/15

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As predicted, Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially mandated that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 come from clean and renewable energy sources. This new Clean Energy Standard will ensure that utility companies provide 50 percent of customers’ power from solar, wind, hydroelectric, or other renewable sources within 15 years. The announcement came Wednesday when the governor directed the Department of Public Service to begin carrying out the new plan, which Cuomo feels is urgent. “Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and we must act now,” Cuomo said during his announcement. “As discussions continue in Paris, we are taking real, enforceable actions in New York to lay the foundation for a thriving clean energy economy. With one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals of any state in the nation, we are leading by example to ensure the possibility of a bright future for generations to come.”

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New York City’s ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s green buildings plan for NYC, One City Built to Last, has won the C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award in Paris. The comprehensive plan, which aims to reduce building-based emissions 30 percent by 2025, won the prestigious award during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) this week.

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Green Girls program teaches city kids how to study NYC’s environment

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The importance of teaching the next generation about protecting the environment is clearer now more than ever, and a new program run by the City Parks Foundation is doing just that by showing students how to study and evaluate the state of New York City’s precious natural resources. The program, called Green Girls, works with young girls in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades to provide hands-on environmental experience through science, technology, interactive games and field trips.

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NYC announces plan for largest electric fleet of municipal vehicles by 2025

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New York City’s sustainability plan reached a new milestone this week as Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out NYC Clean Fleet, a comprehensive initiative to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city and cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 and by 80 percent by 2035. Replacing nearly half of the city’s non-emergency vehicle fleet with green cars, and creating a network of charging stations to support them, the ambitious project is expected to cost the city between $50 million and $80 million over 10 years and translate to a greenhouse gas savings equivalent to planting 6,000 trees.

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Freshkills Park could be home to hot air ballooning or a golf course in its future

by , 12/01/15

Freshkills Park

It looks like Staten Island’s Freshkills Park may be getting a recreational makeover some time in the near future. As reported by SILive, the Parks Department has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the former landfill area. If a private investor shows interest, it could mean that the reclaimed park could be used for more organized recreational activities such as golfing or even hot air ballooning.

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Prince St. luxury condos to feature original fireplaces and gabled ceilings from former school building

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The ongoing condo conversion of the former St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School at Prince and Mott Streets in Nolita has already caught the eye of many in the NYC real estate market. Now, thanks to Curbed NY, we have learned that every single condo in the swanky complex known as the Residences at Prince will be completely unique, and many will feature original architectural elements from the historic building.

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Generous Airbnb hosts donate percentage of each reservation to charity

by , 11/30/15
filed under: Brooklyn

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Airbnb is known for spreading good vibes and togetherness through its home-sharing site, and some of its hosts are taking that spirit to the next level by giving back to their communities. Case in point: This generous couple in Williamsburg is not only offering a spacious room in their gorgeous apartment, but is also donating money from each booking to charity. Now, that’s what we call hipster living at its most altruistic!

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Governor Cuomo eyes 50-percent renewable energy goal for New York

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Governor Cuomo is hoping to push New York towards 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to CleanTechnica. With the imminent closing of two nuclear power plants in the NY, common sense would dictate that the state will look to fill the gap by increasing its clean energy production.

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New renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ swanky High Line condos unveiled

by , 11/28/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

Bjarke Ingels Group High Line Tower

Thanks to New York YIMBY, we now have a sneak peak at the newly-released renderings of Bjarke Ingles Group‘s massive $870 million residential project adjacent to the High Line at 17th Street. The preliminary renderings show two asymmetrical towers splitting from the structure’s first floors, creating the illusion of two separate buildings. The design calls for approximately 300 sure-to-be swanky apartments as well as retail space and a hotel.

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Efficient heating upgrades could save $150 million and 312,000 tons of carbon emissions annually in NYC

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says that New York City property owners could save $150 million a year and reduce the effects of climate change by doing one simple thing. Environmental experts and financial analysts agree that making energy-efficiency upgrades to steam heating systems, which warm the majority of apartments in the city, could make a huge difference. By battling banging pipes and sealing up drafts, individual property owners can hit two birds with one stone: reducing carbon emissions to help the city meet its sustainability goals while drastically cutting utility costs by increasing efficiency.

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An entire Brooklyn street has been wiped off the map and it’s a good thing

by , 11/24/15
filed under: Brooklyn,Green Space,Parks

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Thanks to North Brooklyn’s Open Space Alliance organization, Union Avenue in Williamsburg has been completely wiped off the map – in a good way. As reported by NY1, the organization came up with $50,000 to have the street turned into community park land. And the even better news is that their green space mission isn’t over yet.

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Mayor de Blasio breaks ground on phase II of Hunter’s Point South affordable housing project and 11-acre waterfront park

by , 11/24/15
filed under: Architecture,Queens

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This week Mayor de Blasio broke ground on the second phase of the Hunter’s Point South project located along Long Island City’s much-coveted waterfront. Phase Two of the mixed-used complex will see the construction of nearly 3,000 new apartments, 60 percent of which will be affordable housing. Phase One of HPS is well underway and upon completion, the massive Hunter’s Point South development will include 5,000 apartments, making it the largest affordable housing development built in NYC since the 1970s.

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Anthony Bourdain’s giant Asian-inspired food market slated to open at SuperPier in 2018

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REX tapped to design World Trade Center performing arts building

by , 11/23/15

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Brooklyn-based architecture firm REX was selected last Friday to design a new performing arts center for the World Trade Center site (PACWTC). Led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, a former protégé of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the firm will replace Frank Gehry’s controversial stacked-box design. The PACWTC committee chose REX over finalists Henning Larsen and UNStudio.

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NYC becomes first city to plant 1 million trees

NYC becomes first city to plant 1 million trees

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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation millionth tree of the MillionTreesNYC initiative at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx first city

ew York Restoration Project (NYRP) is driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers

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Oil spill fines to fund new environmental education program for Greenpoint schools

Oil spill fines to fund new environmental education program for Greenpoint schools

Related: Greenpoint Residents Choose Environmental Projects to get $7M in State Funds

“We are creating the next generation of environmental stewards out of one of the worst industrial disasters in our city’s history,” Schneiderman said.

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Mirrored ring of golden hearts to spread love in Times Square this Valentine’s Day

Mirrored ring of golden hearts to spread love in Times Square this Valentine’s Day

The romance will return to Times Square in February with Collective-LOK’s gorgeous Heart to Heart installation. The winner of the annual 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design, the installation will encircle visitors with kaleidoscopic golden hearts

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Abandoned lot could become new revamped park for Gowanus

Abandoned lot could become new revamped park for Gowanus

Looks like we could have another revamped-train-track park on our hands. The newest member to the High Line club could be the abandoned Gowanus playground on 10th Street and Third Avenue. The plot, which is located under subway tracks, used to be used a

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You may soon be able to email your favorite tree in NYC

You may soon be able to email your favorite tree in NYC

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