New York City Triples Solar Power Production

New York City Triples Solar Power Production

Thanks to new solar arrays atop ten city buildings, including three police stations, two schools, a fire station, and sanitation department garages, New York City has tripled its solar power production. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement yesterday during

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Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost

Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost

Habana Outpost is hosting its annual Earth Day Expo to celebrate the re-opening of the cafe and the 2012 season on Saturday, April 14. This year’s Earth Day Expo, sponsored by Habana founder Sean Meenan’s non-profit, Habana Works, will host a wide array

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6 Egg-citing NYC Easter Activities for Kids and Adults!

6 Egg-citing NYC Easter Activities for Kids and Adults!

© Rob Maguire
NYC Easter Parade
This New York City pastime draws in a huge crowd each year. Located along 5th Ave., a number of nearby cathedrals, including Saint Patrick’s and St. Thomas, open their Easter services to the public. Come to enjoy the procession

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Eco-Easter Craft Workshop at Film Biz Recycling

Eco-Easter Craft Workshop at Film Biz Recycling

Stop by Film Biz Recycling 2 -5pm Sunday, April 8th for an Eco-Easter event!  Join local artist/educator Kat Roberts for a DIY Craft Workshop (ages 5+); the whole family will have fun on a Scavenger Hunt throughout FBR’s wonderland of reclaimed film detritus.

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New York City’s Recycling Rate Plummets

New York City’s Recycling Rate Plummets

Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s many new sustainable practices that have been implemented through the PlaNYC initiatve, new data reveals that the city’s recycling rate has dropped over the last five years. New York City’s recycling rate slipped to just 15 percent

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eWaste Recycling Event on Smith Street

eWaste Recycling Event on Smith Street

Tekserve & Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC through May 20th. Recyclable items include computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players,

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eWaste Recycling Event at Manhattan Plaza

eWaste Recycling Event at Manhattan Plaza

Tekserve & Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC thru May 20th. Recyclable items include computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players, radios,

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eWaste Recycling Event at E-Waste Warehouse

eWaste Recycling Event at E-Waste Warehouse

Tekserve & Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC through May 20th. Recyclable items include computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players,

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eWaste Recycling Event at PS 126

eWaste Recycling Event at PS 126

Tekserve & Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC through May 20th. Recyclable items include computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players,

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eWaste Recycling Event at Van Cortlandt Park

eWaste Recycling Event at Van Cortlandt Park

Tekserve and Lower East Side Ecology Center offer free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC thru May 20th. Recyclable items: computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players, radios, telephones,

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eWaste Recycling Event at Habana Outpost

eWaste Recycling Event at Habana Outpost

Tekserve and the Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC thru May 20th.

Recyclable items: computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players, radios,

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FABnyc’s LoadOUT!

FABnyc’s LoadOUT!

Join FABnyc as we bring together gently used materials of all sorts from arts organizations throughout the East Village/LES for a one of a kind re-use & repurposing event. Take home all the costumes, props, and furniture you need for your next artistic

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Mayor Bloomberg Calls for RFP on Solid Waste to Energy Facility for NYC

Mayor Bloomberg Calls for RFP on Solid Waste to Energy Facility for NYC

New York City makes a lot of waste – 3 million tons to be exact — and it costs the city $300 million to export it away from our lovely city streets. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a roll trying to divert that waste from the landfill and has now put out a

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Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

The U.S. Green Building Council has just declared Manhattan’s Hearst Tower as the city’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Gold for its new construction and LEED Platinum certification for its existing building. The tower serves as the Hearst

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EPA Offers Grants to Schools In Exchange for Help Monitoring NYC’s Air and Water Pollution

EPA Offers Grants to Schools In Exchange for Help Monitoring NYC’s Air and Water Pollution

New York area schools, hospitals, organizations and community groups may soon be helping to monitor pollution in our water and air. The Environmental Protection Agency is offering local groups incredible incentives grants of $12,500 to $25,000, in exchange

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Charles Spurrier Creates Patterned 3D Paintings From Thousands of Pieces of Reclaimed Plastic

Charles Spurrier Creates Patterned 3D Paintings From Thousands of Pieces of Reclaimed Plastic

A canvas surface is usually off limits for viewers to ever touch, leaving the artist’s process a mystery. The tactile nature of Spurrier’s works brings art to a more engaging level, encouraging discovery and concentration of the materials used. He even occasionally

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Textile Recycling is on the Rise Thanks to Re-FashioNYC Apartment Building Collection Bins

Textile Recycling is on the Rise Thanks to Re-FashioNYC Apartment Building Collection Bins

New Yorkers throw away nearly 200,000 tons of clothing a year. But thanks to a recent spurt of recycling programs throughout New York City, collecting and reusing textiles is becoming easier than ever. One program called Re-fashionNYC was just launched last

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Artist Gwyneth Leech Draws on 800 Used Coffee Cups to Create a Playful Hanging Art Installation

Artist Gwyneth Leech Draws on 800 Used Coffee Cups to Create a Playful Hanging Art Installation

At the base of the Flatiron Building, a glass enclosed prow comes to a point, creating an awkward interior space, visible from both sides of the street. Inside, Leech sits on work days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with art supplies and markers fanned out before

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HWKN’s Spiky-Armed Bright Blue “Wendy” Wins the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

HWKN’s Spiky-Armed Bright Blue “Wendy” Wins the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

The temporary MoMA PS1 outdoor installations are expected to provide shade, seating, and water, and designs are judged based on their creative attention to sustainability, recycling, and space and material management. YAP jurors picked the project submitted

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OLIN Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

OLIN Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are one of the most grand and iconic landmarks in the city, but the plaza surround the massive staircase is anything but: the sidewalk is crumbling, the fountains barely work, and the trees are dying. At

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The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

The Giants’ Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

As Giants fans crowd the streets today to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win, the confetti that will sprinkle down upon fans and players will be made of 100 precent recycled paper! Offices and recycling companies around the city have donated over 50 tons

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Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

The warehouse, located at 469 President Street, accepts computers, televisions, monitors, radios, printers, cell phones, and most other electronics. The facility, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s recycling program in general, does not accept media,

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First World Trash Makes Stylish Handbags From New York’s Discarded Billboards

First World Trash Makes Stylish Handbags From New York’s Discarded Billboards

What began as a personal fascination for creating hand made objects from found materials was largely inspired by Malbrough’s upbringing. “All the furniture in our house, my Paw Paw made. My grandma would reupholster things or make our clothes. Making things

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Community Reception at New E-Waste Warehouse

Community Reception at New E-Waste Warehouse

Come celebrate the opening of the Ecology Center’s E-waste Warehouse in Gowanus! You’ll have a chance to drop off your e-waste, tour the space, and learn about why we are going to go beyond recycling and start reusing. Light refreshments will be served. More

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Lower East Side Ecology Center Opens Permanent E-Waste Drop-Off Depot in Gowanus

Lower East Side Ecology Center Opens Permanent E-Waste Drop-Off Depot in Gowanus

The days of planning your weekend so you can finally lug that hefty old computer to the occasional e-waste drop off are over. The Lower East Side Ecology Center, host of many electronic waste collections, has just opened a permanent drop-off site in Brooklyn.

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