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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Top 6 Green Skyscrapers in New York City!

Top 6 Green Skyscrapers in New York City!

Bank of America Building (One Bryant Park)
The most sustainable skyscraper in New York City, the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is LEED Platinum certified, and it was the first tower in the world designed to achieve that rating. Designed by Cook+Fox

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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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Bakeri Brings Freshly Baked Bread and a Warm Vintage Cafe to Williamsburg

Bakeri Brings Freshly Baked Bread and a Warm Vintage Cafe to Williamsburg

Upon entering Bakeri, customers are welcomed by staff members outfitted in blue jumpsuits and a large case filled with freshly made breads, quiches, scones and cookies. The wood and glass case that holds the beautiful baked delights came from a neighboring

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Give the Gift of Philanthropy with an Ioby New York Gift Card

Give the Gift of Philanthropy with an Ioby New York Gift Card

What do you get the discerning eco-conscious, community-involved New Yorker who has everything for the holidays? Help them help others by buying them an ioby New York giving card. Your selfless loved ones can choose one of ioby’s sustainable neighborhood

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City Grow Encourages New Yorkers to Build Their Own Urban Gardens Through Free Workshops

City Grow Encourages New Yorkers to Build Their Own Urban Gardens Through Free Workshops

City Grow’s mission is not just to be a retail store, but to cultivate a community of passionate urban farmers that will influence the habit and diets of New Yorkers in the five boroughs. Each Saturday, City Grow’s Greenpoint location offers classes on

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Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

New York public schools are being challenged to save as much energy as possible as part of an initiative with the Green Design Lab program. The thirty participating schools will have the chance to win grants totaling $30,000, sponsored by non-profit Solar

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Brooklyn’s Open Source Gallery Winterizes With Low Cost, Sustainable Design

Brooklyn’s Open Source Gallery Winterizes With Low Cost, Sustainable Design

“The original gallery burned down and was severely damaged last year in November,” said Monika Wuhrer, founder and curator of the Open Source Gallery. A 5-alarm fire in the gallery’s neighboring building destroyed it completely. Six months later, Wuhrer

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BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens its LEED Platinum-Seeking Doors to the Public

BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens its LEED Platinum-Seeking Doors to the Public

BLDG 92 was originally constructed in 1857 by T.U. Walter, the same architect who designed the cast iron dome of the Capitol building. It served as domestic quarters within the Navy Yard. While much of the inside of the building was gutted, the original shell

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The East Village’s Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The East Village’s Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The cute East Village one stop shop, Sustainable NYC, has just won the Green America People’s Choice Award for Best Green Business. The general store meets boutique meets café has been providing sustainable goods and great fair trade coffee to East Villagers

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Materials For The Arts Upcycles Art Supplies for New York’s Non-Profits

Materials For The Arts Upcycles Art Supplies for New York’s Non-Profits

A bevy of materials are found and given away through MFTA. The warehouse includes aisles of craft supplies, a fabric center, a paint room, lumber, furniture, paper, and props donated by designer fashion houses, offices, lumber yards, retail stores and leading

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Southampton Plastic Bag Ban is Now in Effect!

Southampton Plastic Bag Ban is Now in Effect!

The Hamptons are often written about because of the lavish summer homes and exclusive beach parties, but this past weekend, Southampton, NY made headlines by being one of the first summer towns to pass an extremely green initiative. As of yesterday, plastic

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Occupy Wall Street Establishes a Sustainability Working Group to Find Green Solutions

Occupy Wall Street Establishes a Sustainability Working Group to Find Green Solutions

The Sustainability group now has a table and sign officially signalling their approval by the General Assembly to operate as part of the Occupy Wall Street ecosystem. Established about three weeks ago, the team is in charge of operations such as recycling,

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Liberty Island’s Retail Pavilion is NYC’s Fifth LEED Platinum Building

Liberty Island’s Retail Pavilion is NYC’s Fifth LEED Platinum Building

The sleek pavilion is encased in a sturdy steel frame, designed to withstand the weather elements and the heavy visitor traffic on the small island environment. The frame can also be easily disassembled and recycled should the building be deemed obsolete.

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Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Understanding Occupy Wall Street as an Ecosystem With SPURSE & the BMW Guggenheim Lab

The group was divided into teams of two and each was delegated one of the Eight Principles for Managing a Commons from Nobel Prize winning Economist Elinor Ostrom’s work. From each assigned principle, participants formed questions concerning the structure

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New Green City Takes Over Union Square with a Host of Eco-Minded Organizations

New Green City Takes Over Union Square with a Host of Eco-Minded Organizations

Among the various offerings on display, a particularly unique project was the Bed-Stuy CommUnity Quilt Project for Peace. Initiated thanks in part to a grant from the Davis Projects for Peace, organizer Kioka Williams has mobilized her local community to get

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WTC Complex Aiming for LEED Gold, Will Be The Largest Green Project in NYC

WTC Complex Aiming for LEED Gold, Will Be The Largest Green Project in NYC

The WTC complex will be the first building of its size to be awarded LEED Gold certification. “Now, there are some other projects in New York City that have achieved a Platinum certification, which is the highest—but not on this scale,” said Eduardo

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The NEW New York Block Party Celebrates Green Design Today!

The NEW New York Block Party Celebrates Green Design Today!

Get ready, design geeks. The NEW New York block party is happening TODAY! The festival, now in its second year, is a green street festival hosted by GreenHomeNYC that celebrates sustainable building and green design. Basically, a little slice of heaven on

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The NEW New York Block Party

The NEW New York Block Party

The NEW New York block party is happening this Saturday! The festival, now in its second year, is a green street festival hosted by GreenHomeNYC that celebrates sustainable building and green design. The interactive festival will be a hands-on experience

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Learn How To Dye Your Clothes With Local Produce at the Mobile Textile Lab

Learn How To Dye Your Clothes With Local Produce at the Mobile Textile Lab

Laura Sansone is an instructor at Parsons The New School for Design and has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. Her Mobile Textile Lab came to life in 2010 thanks in part to a grant from Parsons. What began as a project constricted to the Union Square

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Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

It’s official — the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Thanks to a massive green overhaul that took more than two years, the landmark is now the tallest building in the United States to receive LEED certification. The groundbreaking

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Recycle Last Season’s Fashions at GrowNYC Textile Collection Centers

Recycle Last Season’s Fashions at GrowNYC Textile Collection Centers

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, you may be wondering what to do with last year’s looks. Thanks to GrowNYC, you can clean out your closet and recycle those extra clothes at one of their special textile collection spots in each of the five boroughs.

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6 Important Facts You May Not Know About One World Trade Center

6 Important Facts You May Not Know About One World Trade Center

My first day of school as a freshman at Stuyvesant High School with the Twin Towers in the background. You can tell my little sister was super enthused about it. A common myth told to freshman at the time (since from Stuy, only the North Tower was visible)

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U.S. Tennis Association Will Recycle 94 Tons of Waste During the 2011 U.S. Open

U.S. Tennis Association Will Recycle 94 Tons of Waste During the 2011 U.S. Open

Tennis balls, rackets, and Nike sweatbands are staples when you think about tennis. But ever wonder what happens to all those tennis ball cans once the games are over? Or how about all the garbage left around after the events? During the 2011 U.S. Open, approximately

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Brooklyn Rockwerks: Modern Sculptures Made From Massive Granite Boulders Dug Up in NYC

Brooklyn Rockwerks: Modern Sculptures Made From Massive Granite Boulders Dug Up in NYC

Distenfeld, a lifelong New Yorker, born and raised in the Lower East Side, works in a 2,800 square foot studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His rock of preference, granite gneiss, is a banded metamorphic rock found beneath much of New York City. The 48-year-old

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