MOMA PS1 Erects Temporary Geodesic Dome in Rockaways to Discuss Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

MOMA PS1 Erects Temporary Geodesic Dome in Rockaways to Discuss Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 – the temporary cultural center created after Hurricane Sandy left Rockaway Beach severely damaged – opened last Friday with a performance by singer and Rockaways resident Patti Smith. The geodesic dome structure will be up for the

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November C2C Innovation Celebration

November C2C Innovation Celebration

The purpose of the Innovation Celebration is to create an ongoing event to recognize the leaders in product design innovation, as they create better products for our world using the Cradle to Cradle design principles and the CertifiedCM Cradle to Cradle mark.

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Miele Brings a Green-Walled Kitchen and Massive Herb Garden to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Miele Brings a Green-Walled Kitchen and Massive Herb Garden to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

EcoWalls and Miele worked together to design the verdant booth, which was centered around a giant tabletop-style herb garden. Miele also took the opportunity to show how their appliances can be made to blend almost undetectably into the background thanks to

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Get Free Stuff at the Load OUT Repurposing and Recycling Riot!

Get Free Stuff at the Load OUT Repurposing and Recycling Riot!

Enjoy an afternoon of repurposing and recycling activities that showcase creative thinking about sustainability and the arts! Take home all the donated costumes, props, and furniture you can carry—bring bags and carts to transport your findings, if necessary.

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NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

The 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queens has begun using a revolutionary biofuel process that employs glycerol (an ingredient that can be found in many soaps and perfumes) to remove nitrogen from our waterways. The first green water treatment facility

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NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

The New York City Department of Sanitation is calling on the city’s youth to conceive, design, and implement innovative cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects in their boroughs. Citywide schools (both public and private) from grades K-12 can compete

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Starving Artists Project Turns Cardboard Signs From NYC’s Homeless into Art for Social Change

Starving Artists Project Turns Cardboard Signs From NYC’s Homeless into Art for Social Change

The creators of the project, Nick Zafonte and Thompson Harrell, worked with world-renowned, award-winning photographer and film director Andrew Zuckerman to capture homeless men and women adjacent to their makeshift cardboard signs, and turn the images into

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New York City Students Rally to Ban Plastic Bags

New York City Students Rally to Ban Plastic Bags

A group of children from the Hewitt School’s Earth Committee are making waves in the city, calling for a plastic bag ban and working with leaders to make New York City a greener place to live. Through Change.org, the students have collected 1,616 signatures

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The New York Times Disbands Its Green Blog

The New York Times Disbands Its Green Blog

After posting 5,364 environmental news articles and becoming a major portal for the world to connect to sustainable ideas, the New York Times has said farewell to its Green Blog. All that remains of a once leading news source is a simple twitter feed of

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“Green” Dry Cleaners May Signify Neighborhood Gentrification in NYC but Buyer Beware

“Green” Dry Cleaners May Signify Neighborhood Gentrification in NYC but Buyer Beware

A natural dry cleaner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

If you’ve noticed “natural”, “green” or “organic” dry cleaners popping up in your neighborhood, it may be a sign that the area is moving up in the world. But while they may be good for property values, not all of these businesses live up to the eco-friendliness they advertise. Many of these green cleaners are simply regular dry cleaners that noticed the demand for greener products and services and retooled their operations in a way that is not entirely up to snuff with the sustainability customers are looking for.

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Get Your Free Tree at the New York Restoration Project’s Upcoming Tree Giveaways

Get Your Free Tree at the New York Restoration Project’s Upcoming Tree Giveaways

Beginning on March 9th, the New York Restoration Project – a nonprofit organization founded by actress and environmentalist Bette Midler – will kick off their annual spring tree giveaways. Thanks to a sponsorship by Toyota, 4,500 trees will be free for the

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One World Trade Center’s Bomb-Proof Base Gets New “Green Tech” Glass Panels

One World Trade Center’s Bomb-Proof Base Gets New “Green Tech” Glass Panels

We’ve been following the progress of One World Trade Center closely, and this weekend we were excited to see some of the first signs of sustainability pop up at the construction site. More than 2,000 state-of-the-art, “green technology” glass panels are being installed on the street level podium wall of 1 WTC, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. These high-performance panels are double-paned and made with a frosted coating for absorbing sunlight and minimizing heat gain.

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Leafy Greenwich Art Barn is Completely Wrapped With Living Plants!

Leafy Greenwich Art Barn is Completely Wrapped With Living Plants!

This multi-purpose home in Greenwich was created by Robert Young Architecture for a pair of artists. At 10,000 sq. ft. this is certainly no micro home – in fact, the house contains two large multipurpose galleries with 16-foot ceilings and ancillary rooms

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596 Acres Launches “I’m So Lucky You Found Me” Art Book About NYC Vacant Land

596 Acres Launches “I’m So Lucky You Found Me” Art Book About NYC Vacant Land

Eizirik, an illustrator from Brazil, spent a month sketching and interacting with Brooklyn’s vacant public land and residents, creating a series of drawings and collages that trace the debates and challenges surrounding public space in the city. Clips of

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NYC Considers Banning Styrofoam at All Food-Service Facilities

NYC Considers Banning Styrofoam at All Food-Service Facilities

Photo credit: Flickr/dotpolka

New York City is continuing its war against trash, this time with a possible styrofoam ban. The legislation is being proposed by Ron Gonen, the city’s Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability and it would prohibit

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Low-Impact Bluff House is a Modern Dream Vacation Home in Montauk

Low-Impact Bluff House is a Modern Dream Vacation Home in Montauk

The Bluff House was completed in 2012 and is a vacation house with amenities that make it comfortable year-round. Located at the end of a new subdivision in Montauk on a flag-shaped parcel, the home is appropriately positioned to take in the sights of the

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NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants NYC Schools to Swap Textbooks for Tablets

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants NYC Schools to Swap Textbooks for Tablets

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an undeclared candidate in the 2013 mayoral race, recently shared her proposal to swap textbooks for tablets in NYC public schools. Quinn reasons that the $100 million that normally goes towards buying new and updated

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Jonathan Rose’s Micro-Apartment Complex Balances Tiny Living Spaces with Ample Communal Areas

Jonathan Rose’s Micro-Apartment Complex Balances Tiny Living Spaces with Ample Communal Areas

Designed by a team led by developer Jonathan Rose Companies, this proposed a modern apartment building features three unit options of 303 square feet for small space city living. Each apartment comes with a bathroom, kitchen, convertible bed, and a balcony.

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Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Porcelanosa, a premiere European manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile, has announced its plans to renovate its flagship showroom in the Commodore Criterion building in Midtown Manhattan. To complete the job, they brought in Foster + Partners to conceptualize

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CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with “Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps

CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with “Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps

The renderings for Party Wall show a series of steel poles clad in a woven skin of waste wood. Polyester bags filled with water will be suspended within the structure and, rather than build another canopy, CODA made sure that the height and spatial position

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NY Restoration Project’s Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

NY Restoration Project’s Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

If you’ve been dreaming about a community garden for your neighborhood, don’t miss your chance to have the New York Restoration Project boost your project with building materials, construction help and educational support. NYRP is looking for worthy applicants

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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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The People’s Recovery Summit Invites New Yorkers to Support Sustainable Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

The People’s Recovery Summit Invites New Yorkers to Support Sustainable Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

The People’s Recovery is a 3-day summit in February that invites New Yorkers to learn about and support equitable and sustainable rebuilding efforts in Hurricane Sandy-affected communities. From Friday to Sunday (Feb 1st-3rd), attendees will gather for workshops,

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Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Sunrise Yard consolidates the DOT’s maintenance programs into one facility located in a residential area of Queens. Designed by Gruzen Samton • IBI Group, the 27,000 sq. ft. building provides a home base for the carpenters, electricians, and plumbers who

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New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

Built in 1929 by Warren & Wetmore, the Helmsley Building is owned by Monday Properties and is one of the only buildings in Manhattan that you can drive through. The spectacular new display covering the whole 34-story tower’s facade is crowned by its

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