Lower East Side’s Creative Little Garden Wins Daily News Best Community Garden Title

Lower East Side’s Creative Little Garden Wins Daily News Best Community Garden Title

The Daily News has awarded its prize for best community garden in NYC, and we’re excited to say it’s one that’s near and dear to our hearts – the Lower East Side’s Creative Little Garden. Located on Sixth St. between avenues A and B, the tranquil space beat

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Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC’s Recycling Rate

Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC’s Recycling Rate

Since the word got out that New York’s recycling rate has plummeted to embarrassing numbers, the Department of Sanitation has brought in a new leader with the hope of doubling the city’s rate by 2017. Ron Gonen will take on the dauting task of transforming

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Henry Street Settlement to be a Model for Green Landmarked Buildings in NYC

Henry Street Settlement to be a Model for Green Landmarked Buildings in NYC

Henry Street launched its green renovation last year, working with the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) to create a plan that would allow the Settlement to upgrade its aging buildings, built in 1827, on a budget. The goal is to create a model, complete with a

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Hayseed’s Urban Farming Supply Store Opens in North Brooklyn

Hayseed’s Urban Farming Supply Store Opens in North Brooklyn

When Inhabitat stopped for a visit, Meg Paska, aka the Brooklyn Homesteader, was tending to seedlings. What started as a love for homebrewing and gardening in Baltimore quickly evolved into a beekeeping enterprise after taking a course in 2004. For those

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Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

New York Cares Day
Spend Earth Day giving back to nature, New York, and your fellow citizens. Join 5,000 other New Yorkers for the annual New York Cares Day to beautify and clean our city’s parks and get them ready for the 2012 season. You can sign up with

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The Green Festival Lands in New York City for Earth Day

The Green Festival Lands in New York City for Earth Day

The Green Festival hits the Big Apple for the first time this weekend, April 21-22 at the new LEED-certified North Wing of the Jacob Javits Center. The eco-conscious event is perfectly timed for Earth Day festivities and will feature talks from 125 authors,

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NYU Annual Earth Day Street Fair

NYU Annual Earth Day Street Fair

For the 13th year, New York University is closing off the street for its annual Earth Day Fair. Come out and celebrate Earth Day in the middle of NYU’s campus at the Street Fair, where we’ve brought together local artists, musicians, green organizations and

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How Conscientious Shoppers Change Business

How Conscientious Shoppers Change Business

Join ethikus & GreenspaceNYC this Friday at the Wix Lounge for an evening of free food, drink & networking to celebrate you, the ethical shopper!

Everyday people are the new brand managers. What an individual chooses to buy or say can change the

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Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

Sections of the Coney Island Boardwalk to be Replaced With Concrete and Plastic

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To the horror of many, some of the wood in the famous Coney Island Boardwalk will soon be replaced by a mix of plastic and concrete. The Public Design Commission has approved a plan to remove the boards from Brighton

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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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New Cupcake ATMs In Manhattan Will Make Sugary Indulgences Hard to Resist

New Cupcake ATMs In Manhattan Will Make Sugary Indulgences Hard to Resist

Cupcake lovers in Manhattan will be happy to hear that their sugar cravings can soon be satisfied 24 hours a day with new cupcake ATMs by Sprinkles Cupcakes. Set to be installed around Manhattan by this summer, the ATMs will dispense the irresistible treats

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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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Second Annual New York Vegetarian Food Festival Happening in Manhattan Right Now!

Second Annual New York Vegetarian Food Festival Happening in Manhattan Right Now!

The New York Vegetarian Food Festival is kicking off its 2012 edition this weekend (March 3rd and 4th) at The Metropolitan Pavilion.  The festival will be enticing vegetarians, vegans, and healthy eaters for the second year in a row, with a bevy of restaurants,

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Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell University has announced its shortlist of names that could design the core building of their new School of Applied Sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was no surprise when Cornell was chosen as the lucky educational institution to get

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2nd Annual Vegetarian Food Festival

2nd Annual Vegetarian Food Festival

The New York Vegetarian Food Festival is kicking off its 2012 edition on March 3rd and 4th at The Metropolitan Pavilion.  The festival will be enticing vegetarians, vegans, and healthy eaters for the second year in a row, with a bevy of restaurants,

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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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New York City Has Passed 29 Green Building Laws In the Last Two Years

New York City Has Passed 29 Green Building Laws In the Last Two Years

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced last week 25 percent of the proposed green building laws have been drafted into law over the last two years. The proposals were part of a green building report originally published

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New Interactive Map Shows How Much Energy Every Building in NYC Uses

New Interactive Map Shows How Much Energy Every Building in NYC Uses

New York City urban planners now have an important tool to help create energy reduction plans. An interactive map of New York has been developed by the Columbia University Engineering School to show the energy consumption of individual buildings across the

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New York International Gift Fair Showcases Hot Sustainable Designs Made With Natural Materials

New York International Gift Fair Showcases Hot Sustainable Designs Made With Natural Materials

One company of note at the New York International Gift Fair, Colors Tokyo operated by MSY Inc., blends traditional craftsmanship with natural materials to create unique designs. A series of bamboo, redwood, and zebra wood iPhone cases are sure to be a sustainable

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New Zoning Proposal Could Bring 1,200 Acres of Rooftop Farms to NYC

New Zoning Proposal Could Bring 1,200 Acres of Rooftop Farms to NYC

A new proposal by the Department of City Planning would allow commercial buildings throughout the city to be topped with rooftop farms or greenhouses without increasing the building’s floor area ratio and height restrictions. According to a study by the Urban

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The New York Hospital Queens Goes Green

The New York Hospital Queens Goes Green

The New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), located in Flushing and serving a community of  about 115,000 people each year, is upgrading its 55-year-old infrastructure as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC ‘s green energy initiative. The hospital aims to

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CleanWeb Hackathon

CleanWeb Hackathon

The Cleanweb Hackathon is a gathering to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints. Join the crew January 20th through the 22nd in New York City as they bring together developers, designers and business professionals

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12×12 Design Competition Calls for Entrants to Upcycle Historic NYC Buildings Into Contemporary Furniture

12×12 Design Competition Calls for Entrants to Upcycle Historic NYC Buildings Into Contemporary Furniture

Calling all New York furniture designers! Third Ward, Build it Green NYC and Sawkill Lumber Company have launched the 12 x 12 design contest, a unique opportunity to repurpose a piece of New York’s past. Twelve lucky designers will be chosen to recycle

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Five Queens Public Libraries to Receive Energy Retrofits and Create Green Education Programs

Five Queens Public Libraries to Receive Energy Retrofits and Create Green Education Programs

The Queens Library Foundation announced this week that it is partnering with the Community Environmental Center (CEC) of Long Island City to retrofit five branches of the Queens Library and create green education programs for the community. The $250,000 project

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Will the Next NYC Mayor Embrace PlaNYC?

Will the Next NYC Mayor Embrace PlaNYC?

As Mayor Bloomberg’s tenure approaches its end, many are discussing what his long-lasting legacy will be. Education and economic development have been pillars of his administration, but no doubt Bloomberg will also be remembered for PlaNYC. The 30 year sustainability

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