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New York Senate Confirms Joseph Martens as Environmental Chief

New York Senate Confirms Joseph Martens as Environmental Chief

The New York Senate has confirmed Joseph Martens at NY’s commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Jagged Chunks of Sidewalk Reused to Create Unique Median for Queens Plaza

Jagged Chunks of Sidewalk Reused to Create Unique Median for Queens Plaza

Rather than scrap all of the sidewalks demolished during the clearing of the area for a new streetscape and park, WRT opted to reuse it to create a functional form that doubles as an art installation. According to Horton, “the design application conserves

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Self-Sustaining Earthship Home Proposed for New York City’s Lower East Side

Self-Sustaining Earthship Home Proposed for New York City’s Lower East Side

An Earthship home may soon be landing in New York City’s Lower East Side — according to The Low Down NY, last night resident Ken Ruck proposed plans for the construction of a completely self-sustaining residence on Pitt Street, designed by architect Michael

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A Hudson River Fish Has Evolved to Be Immune to PCBs

A Hudson River Fish Has Evolved to Be Immune to PCBs

Mankind’s actions constantly affect the ecosystems around us and just like in The Simpsons where the nuclear power plant produced three-eyed fish, so the Hudson River has spawned a species of bottom-feeding fish that has genetically developed an immunity to

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Cigarette Filter Recycling Program Will Significantly Reduce Pollutants In NYC Landfills

Cigarette Filter Recycling Program Will Significantly Reduce Pollutants In NYC Landfills

While we usually think about premature deaths and second hand smoke when we think about the detrimental effects of cigarettes, one consequence that often gets overlooked is the toxic effect they have on the environment. New York City alone boasts a smoking

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Phase 2 of the New York City High Line Now Under Construction

Phase 2 of the New York City High Line Now Under Construction

At the northern terminus of Section 2, construction crews recently hoisted a 15-by-35-foot steel frame into place. The frame is a key component of the Viewing Platform, an area where the High Line’s concrete decking has been removed, revealing the steel

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SOM Redesigns NYC’s Penn Station to Include Light-Filled Moynihan Station

SOM Redesigns NYC’s Penn Station to Include Light-Filled Moynihan Station

The redevelopment of the Farley Post Office building into the new Moynihan Station will restore an important historical building in Midtown Manhattan while expanding and improving Penn Station.

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New York City’s 34th Street Pedestrian Plaza Rejected By DOT

New York City’s 34th Street Pedestrian Plaza Rejected By DOT

At any given time, New York City’s 34th Street is bustling with residents, vendors, tourists, buses, bikes and, above all, cars. To ease some of the traffic, increase the safety and add a bit more public space to this often stressful area, the city had proposed

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NYC Launches “Green House” Program to Help Owners Green Apartment Buildings

NYC Launches “Green House” Program to Help Owners Green Apartment Buildings

NYC Green House is an educational program to help apartment building owners green their properties.

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NYC’s Carnegie Hall Reveals Detailed Green Roofed Renovation Plans

NYC’s Carnegie Hall Reveals Detailed Green Roofed Renovation Plans

The remodel will focus on a 12 story tower and a 10 story tower that were both added to the site soon after the main building. The upper spaces of the two buildings, which were formerly used as apartments and offices, will be transformed into much-needed music

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Brooklyn Cleans Up Trash With Big Belly Solar Powered Cans

Brooklyn Cleans Up Trash With Big Belly Solar Powered Cans

Two Brooklyn Business Improvement Districts bring 26 Big Belly solar-powered trash cans to the borough.

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Highest Possible Levels of PCBs Found at Brooklyn School, EPA Suspends Inspections

Highest Possible Levels of PCBs Found at Brooklyn School, EPA Suspends Inspections

Brooklyn school shows highest levels of PCBs yet; EPA suspends inspections of lighting fixtures.

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New York’s Push For Hybrid Cabs Gets Struck Down By Supreme Court

New York’s Push For Hybrid Cabs Gets Struck Down By Supreme Court

Despite a worthy push from the city, the Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal made by New York to mandate fuel emission standards on the city’s cabs. According to Mayor Bloomberg’s plan, taxi owners who did not use fuel-efficient cars would have

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Proposed Heating Oil Rules Would Reduce Soot Pollution in NYC, But Do They Go Far Enough?

Proposed Heating Oil Rules Would Reduce Soot Pollution in NYC, But Do They Go Far Enough?

Bloomberg’s proposed rules for heating oils would reduce soot pollution, but the Institute for Policy Integrity at the NYU School of Law argues that exemptions in the rules would allow for the oils to be burned through 2030.

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NYC Will Replace All School Lighting Fixtures Tainted by PCBs Over the Next Ten Years

NYC Will Replace All School Lighting Fixtures Tainted by PCBs Over the Next Ten Years

New York City officials announced yesterday that they will replace all of the outdated fixtures containing PCBs in 772 schools over the next ten years.

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Rebaroque Invites Fine Artists to Create Upcycled Speaker Frames for Scope New York

Rebaroque Invites Fine Artists to Create Upcycled Speaker Frames for Scope New York

Rebaroque’s Rebecca Paul and Mikal Hameed have teamed up with curator Lori Zimmer to create the Rebaroque Artist Series.

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New York City Doubled Its Solar Power Generation in 2010

New York City Doubled Its Solar Power Generation in 2010

Solar power generation in private homes and businesses doubled in 2010 in New York City and the surrounding area.

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New York’s Chinatown Set to Get Its Own Mini High Line Park

New York’s Chinatown Set to Get Its Own Mini High Line Park

An unused gravel lot at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge is poised to become the New York’s next High Line Park, albeit a much smaller version.

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Brooklyn Based Interboro Partners Wins MoMA PS1′s Young Architects Program

Brooklyn Based Interboro Partners Wins MoMA PS1′s Young Architects Program

The Brooklyn based firm Interboro Partners won MoMA PS1’s 2011 Young Architects Program.

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GrowNYC to Expand Composting Program to 6 More Greenmarkets

GrowNYC to Expand Composting Program to 6 More Greenmarkets

GrowNYC will launch a pilot program on March 5 that will expand composting collection to six more Greenmarkets.

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Solar 2 Will Be a Carbon Neutral Eco-Center on New York’s East River

Solar 2 Will Be a Carbon Neutral Eco-Center on New York’s East River

Despite being delayed by the economic downturn, green community group Solar One has raised more than half of the funds it needs to begin construction on Solar 2, its planned 8,000 square foot carbon neutral visitor center.

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Frank Gehry’s NYC Tower Has Green Features, Rent Stabilized Apartments

Frank Gehry’s NYC Tower Has Green Features, Rent Stabilized Apartments

Luxury building New York by Gehry is not seeking LEED certification, but the residential building does has a few green features, plus rent stabilized apartments.

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New Rules for Heating Oil Could Reduce Air Pollution by 63% in NYC

New Rules for Heating Oil Could Reduce Air Pollution by 63% in NYC

Under new rules proposed last Friday, the dirtiest types of heating oils — used by 10,000 New York City buildings — would be completely phased out by 2015, resulting in a 63 percent reduction of soot pollution.

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NYC Parks Dept. Unveils New Sustainable Design Guidlines

NYC Parks Dept. Unveils New Sustainable Design Guidlines

New York City Parks Department partnered with the Design Trust to create “High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC,” a comprehensive, municipal design primer for building sustainable parks and open spaces — the first guideline of its kind in the nation.

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New York Uses Giant Sponges to Clean Coal Tar from the Hudson River

New York Uses Giant Sponges to Clean Coal Tar from the Hudson River

For the last 18 months, engineers have been testing a new way to removed coal tar from the Hudson River — by placing mattress-sized “sponges” on the riverbed to absorb toxins.

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Toxic PCBs Leaking into NYC Schools

Toxic PCBs Leaking into NYC Schools

Not long after the holiday break, a Staten Island mother received a shocking letter from her children’s school: PCBs had been found on the floor tiles. The culprit was a leaking light fixture.

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NYU’s New $125 Million Power Plant is 90% Efficient, Cuts CO2 Output by 23%

NYU’s New $125 Million Power Plant is 90% Efficient, Cuts CO2 Output by 23%

New York University (NYU) just announced that their brand new super efficient CoGeneration power plant is now fully operational. NYU has been making their own power since the ’70s — the university is one of the largest groups in Manhattan to do so — and

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NYC Launches Urban Technology Innovation Center for Green Buildings

NYC Launches Urban Technology Innovation Center for Green Buildings

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced the launch of the Urban Technology Innovation Center which will help fast track sustainable building practices by connecting building owners looking to be more eco-friendly with companies developing cutting

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The Greenest Points from Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City Address

The Greenest Points from Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City Address

Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out his vision for New York during the annual State of the City Address. He discussed the cost-cutting goals, economic growth, and the on-going physical transformation, which largely consists of greening our fair city and moving towards a more sustainable future.

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National Grid to Turn Excess Methane from Brooklyn Wastewater Plant into Energy

National Grid to Turn Excess Methane from Brooklyn Wastewater Plant into Energy

National Grid has teamed up with the city to build a gas processing facility that will convert excess methane from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant into utility-grade natural gas. In other words, they want to turn your farts into fuel and sell it back to you.

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Element Hotels Introduces EV Charging Stations in Times Square

Element Hotels Introduces EV Charging Stations in Times Square

Starwood Hotels’ eco-minded brand, Element, is adding EV charging stations to its new landmark Times Square hotel in addition to five other locations in New York City.

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

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

Last fall, New York State awarded Greenpoint $7 million dollars because the city royally polluted local waters during its upgrade of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Over the last few months, the City Parks Foundation polled residents on what

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Pratt Institute Opens Gorgeous LEED Gold Certified Myrtle Hall

Pratt Institute Opens Gorgeous LEED Gold Certified Myrtle Hall

The Pratt Institute, long a leader in sustainable design education, officially opened its new ecotastic digital arts building, complete with a green roof and solar panels. The six-story, 120,000 square foot Myrtle Hall is expected to meet the LEED Gold standard, which would make it the first every higher education building in Brooklyn to receive any LEED certification.

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January Pop-Up Park at OpenHouse Gallery in New York’s Nolita

January Pop-Up Park at OpenHouse Gallery in New York’s Nolita

If you need a reprieve from the snow mounds and salt trucks, you’re in luck! OpenHouse Gallery on Mulberry Street in Nolita has converted its 4,500 square foot space into an indoor pop-up park, aptly titled Park Here.

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New York High Speed Rail Routes Score Top Marks in New Study

New York High Speed Rail Routes Score Top Marks in New Study

This morning, America 2050, the nation’s pro-high-speed rail group, released the first ever comparative study of nearly 8,000 potential high speed rail corridors. The analysis revealed which routes are most suited to high-speed rail, based on factors that

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Survey Shows Majority of NYC Community Gardens Grow Food, Compost

Survey Shows Majority of NYC Community Gardens Grow Food, Compost

New York City’s gardeners are helping to lead the way in creating more sustainable communities. Of those surveyed, 80 percent of the city’s community gardens produce food for their neighborhood, 65 percent compost, and 43 partner with at least one school.

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‘Plastic Planet’ Documentary Opens in NYC on Jan. 14

‘Plastic Planet’ Documentary Opens in NYC on Jan. 14

In his call-to-action documentary ‘Plastic Planet,’ Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote seeks to the serious risks posed by plastic and why we can’t seem to change our consumer habits. In 2009, the film opened to much acclaim during the Middle East International Film Festival, and it is set to hit theaters in New York City on Friday, January 14, 2011.

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New Yorkers, Recycle Your Gadgets at LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collections

New Yorkers, Recycle Your Gadgets at LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collections

Electronics are complicated to recycle, but there are dozens of resources out there that simplify the process for you. Throughout January, the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting used or broken electronics at different locations in the city during their annual “After the Holidays” E-waste Events.

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Brooklyn Sewing Clubs Encourage Repair and Reuse of Clothing

Brooklyn Sewing Clubs Encourage Repair and Reuse of Clothing

Instead of running to Macy’s the next time your favorite sweater gets a snag or your jeans rip in the knee, maker a greener choice and take the time to mend your clothing before buying something new. Sewing clubs are popping up all over Brooklyn, giving New Yorkers the opportunity to learn how to sew and fix worn clothing even if they don’t own a sewing machine.

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Empire State Building to Use 100% Green Energy

Empire State Building to Use 100% Green Energy

New York City’s most recognizable building is fast becoming the city’s greenest building. As part of the Empire State Building’s $520 million makeover, the city has spent the last couple of years upgrading the art-deco building to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Today, the landmark’s supervisor, Malkin Holdings, announced that the building is now the largest purchaser of renewable power in the state.

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