A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency.…

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5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

Building green isn’t just helpful to the environment - it could also put some Benjamins back in your pocket. In the last few years, New York City kickbacks for buying hybrid cars and…

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Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

Lawmakers in Albany have passed a bill that would extend tax breaks for New York City properties that install solar panels. If the legislation is signed into law by Governor Andrew…

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Bridgeport, Connecticut Plans to Convert a Landfill into New England's Largest Solar Power Array

Bridgeport, Connecticut Plans to Convert a Landfill into New England's Largest Solar Power Array

Garbage dumps don't exactly have the greenest reputation, but one former landfill in Bridgeport, Connecticut is changing that with an exciting new solar venture. A recent City…

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Plans for Greenest Apartment Building in Manhattan Move Forward in Harlem

Plans for Greenest Apartment Building in Manhattan Move Forward in Harlem

The planned construction site for the new passive building. If all goes as planned, Harlem will soon be home to the greenest residential building in all of Manhattan. Synapse…

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New NJ Solar Plant Expected to Reduce 13,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Each Year

New NJ Solar Plant Expected to Reduce 13,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Each Year

South New Jersey's Lopatcong Township will soon become home to one of the largest net-metered solar PV plants in the United States. The new plant is a three-company collaboration led…

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Solarize Brooklyn Aims to Bring Affordable Solar Power to Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush

Solarize Brooklyn Aims to Bring Affordable Solar Power to Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush

The Solarize movement that swept across the nation from Oregon in 2009 has spread all the way to Brooklyn. Solarize Brooklyn is a project started by two local groups, Sustainable…

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How to See the Solar Impulse Solar-Powered Plane In Person in New York City (PHOTOS)

How to See the Solar Impulse Solar-Powered Plane In Person in New York City (PHOTOS)

A photo of the tear in the Solar Impulse's left wing. The reason for the gash is still being investigated by the flight team. "For the plane that never sleeps, what other destination…

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Despite Technical Difficulties, Solar Impulse Completes Cross-America Flight in NYC

Despite Technical Difficulties, Solar Impulse Completes Cross-America Flight in NYC

Inhabitat has been eagerly following the Solar Impulse closely on its flight across the United States, and we were excited to learn that the solar-powered plane successfully landed in…

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Harlem Grown Urban Farm Gives Unemployed Single Moms a Chance to Earn Some Green

Harlem Grown Urban Farm Gives Unemployed Single Moms a Chance to Earn Some Green

Harlem Grown is giving out-of-work, single moms a chance to earn some green while growing greens at their neighborhood urban farm. Four mothers whose children attend P.S. 175 Henry H.…

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NYC Installing Solar Panels on Four Rooftops to Power 245 Homes

NYC Installing Solar Panels on Four Rooftops to Power 245 Homes

NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway recently announced plans to outfit the empty rooftop of a Department of Environmental Protection wastewater treatment plant in Staten Island with…

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New Study Finds NYC Could be Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

New Study Finds NYC Could be Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

New York state may be a lot closer to completely running on renewable energy than we once thought. A new study led by researchers at Stanford and Cornell Universities reveals that New…

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New Tree-Lined Solar Streetscape Could Be Coming Soon to Manhattan's Upper West Side

New Tree-Lined Solar Streetscape Could Be Coming Soon to Manhattan's Upper West Side

Upper West Siders rejoice! A stretch of Columbus Ave. is about to get a green makeover with solar technology infusing the sidewalks. The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District…

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Solar Panels Will Help F/G Train Straphangers Experience a Smoother Ride in Brooklyn

Solar Panels Will Help F/G Train Straphangers Experience a Smoother Ride in Brooklyn

photo © Elvert Barnes via Creative Commons The MTA has turned to green energy to help make subway rides a little more pleasant for riders. A system of solar panels has been…

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Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit Now Open at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit Now Open at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

A few years ago, when Ramsey of Raad Studio learned about a huge, unused space below Delancey Street, he began thinking of how to create what could potentially be deemed the world's…

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Wants to Install Solar Panels on NYC School Roofs

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Wants to Install Solar Panels on NYC School Roofs

On Thursday, January 27, the Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer spoke in front of a 3 KW set of solar panels on Hunter College of the City University to promote his “Rooftop…

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SnackBox Reinvents the Street Food Stand With a Recycled Shipping Container in Times Square

SnackBox Reinvents the Street Food Stand With a Recycled Shipping Container in Times Square

The 20-foot long black and white box in Times Square is the first of its kind in the U.S. Thanks to the design direction of Aedifica, it stands out amidst the overwhelming visual…

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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…

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20 New Green Zoning Laws Will Be Unveiled Next Month

20 New Green Zoning Laws Will Be Unveiled Next Month

It's soon going to be easier for New York City buildings to go green. On December 12, a new set of 20 green zoning rules will be unveiled by the Bloomberg administration. The new set of…

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Oppenheim's LEED Platinum Williamsburg Hotel Will Rise 440 Feet in North Brooklyn

Oppenheim's LEED Platinum Williamsburg Hotel Will Rise 440 Feet in North Brooklyn

Each vertical layer of the 440 foot tower is meant to echo one element of the neighborhood. The shortest portion blends with the architecture of the area, the second is matched with the…

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Team New York's Solar Decathlon House is a Sun-Powered Roofpod for City Living

Team New York's Solar Decathlon House is a Sun-Powered Roofpod for City Living

In a city of tall buildings, New York’s rooftops are a hidden treasure of undeveloped real estate -- approximately 1.6 billion feet to be exact! CCNY’s Solar Roofpod takes advantage…

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Empowerhouse Takes First Place In Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Empowerhouse Takes First Place In Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

photo © Martin Seck courtesy Empowerhouse From the outset, affordability played a major role in every decision the Empowerhouse team made, especially because they were building this…

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City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

With so much recent development, New York City’s rooftops remain one of the most underutilized pieces of real estate. As one Team New York member stated, “Our most abundant energy…

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Blesso Properties Creates Innovative Eco-Urban Designs for NYC Real Estate

Blesso Properties Creates Innovative Eco-Urban Designs for NYC Real Estate

Blesso Properties projects strictly follow Building Green Inc.’s guidelines to sustainable construction, and one green method that they are particularly committed to is recycling.…

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PHOTOS: We Take a Stroll Up the Queens Botanical Garden's Sloping Green Roof

PHOTOS: We Take a Stroll Up the Queens Botanical Garden's Sloping Green Roof

Walking through the gates of the QBG, the first thing you notice is what looks like a sloping green meadow. It usually takes a little head-craning (or a glimpse at one of the…

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