Innovative solar, geothermal, microhydro projects win New York 'Energy to Lead' competition

Innovative solar, geothermal, microhydro projects win New York 'Energy to Lead' competition

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) just announced that Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College are the winners of the…

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New York launches climate science data website

New York launches climate science data website

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched a new website to help communities with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Climate Change…

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NYC adopts controversial 5-cent plastic bag fee to support city's zero waste goal

NYC adopts controversial 5-cent plastic bag fee to support city's zero waste goal

Just a few days after gaining Mayor Bill de Blasio’s support, a five-cent fee on single-use plastic bags has been approved by the NYC City Council. The law will require business…

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Bill de Blasio says he'll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

Bill de Blasio says he'll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

New York City could be the next American city in line to institute a plastic bag ‘tax’ on single-use grocery bags. Mayor Bill de Blasio suggest this week that he’d support a…

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AeroFarms is building the world's largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan

AeroFarms is building the world's largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan

AeroFarms broke ground last summer in Newark on what they are planning to be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm, as well as the company’s new headquarters. Using large scale…

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Mayor de Blasio announces that NYC solar power usage has tripled since 2014

Mayor de Blasio announces that NYC solar power usage has tripled since 2014

Talk about sunny news! Mayor de Blasio has announced that solar power in NYC has tripled since early 2014. Specifically, over the last two years, the solar capacity installed in NYC has…

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NYC launches Raised Shorelines project to protect low-lying neighborhoods from flooding

NYC launches Raised Shorelines project to protect low-lying neighborhoods from flooding

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that new progress is being made toward protecting vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change. As part of the city’s OneNYC plan…

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Is NYC's sustainability plan hurting the people it should be helping the most?

Is NYC's sustainability plan hurting the people it should be helping the most?

The Environmental Justice Alliance is getting tough with its criticism against Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying his OneNYC sustainability plan hurts the people who need it the most. Rather…

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NYC's iconic MetLife building becomes a vertical farm in quirky architecture comic

NYC's iconic MetLife building becomes a vertical farm in quirky architecture comic

Metals in Construction magazine recently sponsored a design contest for the renovation of one of NYC’s most iconic landmarks, the 50+ story MetLife Building at 200 Park Avenue. Among…

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New laws will require NYC-owned building projects to slash energy usage in half

New laws will require NYC-owned building projects to slash energy usage in half

New York is strengthening its position as a leading city in green architecture and construction, marked by the passage of two new laws that up the ante for new buildings and major…

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Will NYC finally implement a plastic bag surcharge by Earth Day?

Will NYC finally implement a plastic bag surcharge by Earth Day?

“Last year, we said bag fees by Earth Day,” Council Member Brad Lander told Gotham Gazette, shortly before an unrelated committee hearing at City Hall. “I’m saying it again. Bag…

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Gotham Greens opens 60,000-sq-ft rooftop farm atop former toy company in Hollis, Queens

Gotham Greens opens 60,000-sq-ft rooftop farm atop former toy company in Hollis, Queens

Related: New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens “Opening this new state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in the middle of winter underscores the…

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NYCEDC launches UrbanTech NYC to support companies creating smart and sustainable cities

NYCEDC launches UrbanTech NYC to support companies creating smart and sustainable cities

Related: “Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges to our city, which is why we’ve committed to an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,”…

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Mayor de Blasio announces that all NYC buildings have discontinued burning harmful No. 6 heating oil

Mayor de Blasio announces that all NYC buildings have discontinued burning harmful No. 6 heating oil

Mayor de Blasio and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd have announced that all 5,300 NYC buildings that were previously burning No.6 heating oil, which…

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49 New York schools adopt vegetarian program that makes learning about food choices fun

49 New York schools adopt vegetarian program that makes learning about food choices fun

Nearly 50 New York schools are adopting a plant-based nutrition program to help kids learn to make healthy choices. The program - called the Daily Scoop - is led by Lean and Green Kids…

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NYC breaks ground on its first off-grid affordable housing development at Hallets Point

NYC breaks ground on its first off-grid affordable housing development at Hallets Point

*** The project will include a number of state-of-art green features including onsite power generation and a waste water, or Black water, recycling system which will repurpose more…

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16 major NYC hotels pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more by 2025

16 major NYC hotels pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more by 2025

It’s not quite a Christmas miracle, but we’ll take it. A number of big name hotels in the city have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent over the next…

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How a parking lot makeover can reduce flooding, nourish native plants, and keep waterways clean

How a parking lot makeover can reduce flooding, nourish native plants, and keep waterways clean

The Brooklyn-based team at thread collective is working on a project in the city that will reduce flooding, eliminate sewer outfalls to open waters, and even keep nearby plants lush…

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6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer announced the winners of NYC BigApps 2015. The contest, BigApps, which…

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Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

The Guardian is reporting that former NYC Mayor and business magnate, Michael Bloomberg has been chosen to lead a global taskforce on climate change. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank…

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New York City's ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

New York City's ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

Mayor Bill de Blasio's green buildings plan for NYC, One City Built to Last, has won the C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award in Paris. The comprehensive plan,…

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NYC announces plan for largest electric fleet of municipal vehicles by 2025

NYC announces plan for largest electric fleet of municipal vehicles by 2025

New York’s sustainability plan is fleshed out a little more this week, as Mayor Bill de Blasio rolls out NYC Clean Fleet, a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle…

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Governor Cuomo eyes 50-percent renewable energy goal for New York

Governor Cuomo eyes 50-percent renewable energy goal for New York

Related: “A 50 percent RPS is a significant milestone toward addressing New York’s climate goals, and reaffirms the state as a leader in seizing the economic advantages of clean…

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Efficient heating upgrades could save $150 million and 312,000 tons of carbon emissions annually in NYC

Efficient heating upgrades could save $150 million and 312,000 tons of carbon emissions annually in NYC

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says that New York City property owners could save $150 million a year and reduce climate change by doing one simple thing. Environmental…

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JetBlue's blue potato farm sprouts at JFK airport

JetBlue's blue potato farm sprouts at JFK airport

JetBlue Airways is opening its own farm, just outside Terminal 5. The 24,000-square-foot farm will feature 3,000 crates of blue potato plants as well as 2,000 herbs and a variety of…

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