Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
On Friday from 11am - 6pm, there will be both a Free Market and a Green Market hosted on the campus. Vendors from various local organizations selling green and sustainable foods. Adjacent to that event will be a Free Market co-hosted by In Our Hearts. This event will include free services, entertainment, and lots of clothing, canned goods, art supplies, etc. In the spirit of sustainability, we hope to lengthen the life span of some materials that were prepared to be discarded by their owners from lack of use. All participants should feel free to bring items of their own, and expect to find some treasures to take home with them.
For more detailed and comprehensive information about events click here!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
About World Water Day
The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. Learn More.
Friday, March 20, 2009
First Prize: Sustainable Technology
Air Conditioner Fights Global Warming
Though it may not seem like the most glamorously green invention, this redesign of the common air conditioner could save a quadrillion BTUs a year in the United States alone.
Replacing the conditioner's piston compressor and expansion valve with scroll compressors--more commonly used in automobile superchargers--and updating the power supply yielded power savings of 30 percent, wrote Create the Future contest winner Lindsay Meek of Australia.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that two-thirds of U.S. homes have air conditioners, producing a hundred million tons of carbon dioxide annually and consuming 5 percent of the energy produced in the United States -- which costs consumers more than $11 billion.
Check out the rest.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
For those of you who are trying to inspire the next generation of stewards, NYC Wasteless will help you with the waste and recycling part. Click here to find lots of great resources including lessons for the classroom. Speaking of ways teachers can learn more about greening their schools, CUE is hosting an event this thursday afterschool on that very subject. Here are the details:
Join CUE's crash course on greening your school from the issues you’ll encounter installing a green roof, to creative ways of incorporating sustainability themes into the classroom. Join local experts to discuss easy to implement projects, ways of getting environmental projects funded, opportunities for nonprofit partnerships, and what has (and hasn’t) worked in local schools.
United Federation of Teachers, Green Committee - a great group for teachers to join!
Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Where: Center for the Urban Environment 168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (btw 2nd and 3rd Aves) 718-788-8500
When: Tomorrow, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
How: Train: Take F train to 4th Avenue or R train to 9th Street. Walk over 2 blocks north to 7th Street and 1st Avenue west to 3rd Avenue. $10 Suggested Donation
On-site recycling: CFL lightbulbs, cell phones, and alkaline batteries.
Limited Seating. REGISTER NOW!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuna is one of the world’s favorite fish. It provides a critical part of the diet for millions of people, as well as being at the core of the world’s luxury sashimi markets. But, did you know that globally tuna stocks are under threat?
Stocks of the most iconic and valuable tuna, like bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin and albacore are on the brink of collapse. Our appetite for tuna is pushing the fish closer and closer to extinction. As more and more people consume tuna there has been a surge in the number and capacity of tuna-fishing vessels across the world. As tuna becomes scarcer, the fishing fleets are fishing further and further from their home ports and are squeezing the last remaining tuna out of the ocean. Bycatch from tuna includes hammerhead sharks, marine turtles, skate, and trigger fish. WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT? EAT LESS TUNA and check out sushi/fish guides that tell you what fish are not under threat. TAKE ACTION with Greenpeace to save tuna.
Check out Greenpeace's Tuna BrochureOther Resources: Pew Charitable Trust's Ocean Division
Environmental Defense Fund - read the Oceans of Abundance Report
Wasted Food is Jonathan's blog and he says it's not just a blog but also a call to action. After working at a homeless shelter that rescues unused food from restaurants and supermarkets, he began researching the topic and is writing a book on wasted food in America.
check out this great blog that's packed with lots of information about what you can do to prevent food waste both in and out of the home.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Good luck BGI!
Volunteer with these guys! Fufill the YES WE CAN Volunteer pledge!
The place to learn is through the NYC Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI). Work with the Department of Sanitation to educate yourself and your building's tenants about the three R's.
When you sign up with ABRI, you'll be invited to a training session on how to improve recycling conditions in apartment buildings (there are several upcoming sessions in April and June). Then, sanitation outreach coordinators will visit your building to see how recycling is set up and to give you free recycling decals, posters, checklists, and other materials to make recycling easier for residents. Throughout your training, you'll have access to sanitation experts for support.
For more info, including a sign-up sheet, visit this site.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
What is the Sustainable Streets Index? Enhancing transportation choices and encouraging the use of sustainable forms of transportation are core goals of both PlaNYC, New York City's long-term sustainability plan, and Sustainable Streets, DOT's strategic plan. Achieving these goals means facilitating walking, cycling and mass transit through a set of varied and mutually supportive measures. These include making streets and squares into more people-friendly places; providing fast, reliable and comfortable bus and train service; better managing curbside parking and delivery regulations; and ensuring the safety of all users of city streets and sidewalks.
Some General Stats
9% growth in bus and subway ridership in New York City from 2003 to 2007, while traffic volumes citywide were unchanged.
560 miles of bike lanes and paths in NYC, compared to 119 lane-miles in 1997.
44% of NYC households own a car, compared to 90% nationwide.
61% reduction in traffic fatalities in NYC since 1990.
Some Brooklyn Stats
flat traffic levels since 2003.
5% less traffic enters the Central Business District (of Manhattan) from Brooklyn than in the late 1990's, reflecting that lower Manhattan employment never returned to its pre 9/11 levels.
14% more bike riders than in 2003.
22% more bus riders than in 1998.
BGT: What is the BPI Logo program?
SM: The BPI symbol shows that products meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 (for plastic and paper products) and will disintegrate and biodegrade swiftly and safely in a professionally managed composting facility.
BGT: How long have you been in the business, and how much have you seen the demand for this type of product grow?
SM: The program started in 1999. The program has been growing rapidly as of late, as more communities get actively involved in food scrap diversion efforts.
BGT: Is there much competition for your logo program? ie - are other groups competitng to have their logo be industry standard?
SM: The BPI is the leading certifier for compostables. In Europe, this task is done by either DIN Certco or OK Compost. All of use similar standards and processes to approve the products.
BGT: Totes vs. biodegradable: how do you see them comparing, particularly in light of the almost disposable way this country is using totes?
SM: I don’t see much overlap. Reusable shopping bags make a great deal of sense. The BPI does not approve “biodegradable” products/bags. Rather we approve ‘compostable’ ones. These have value in situations where the bags can have a second life as liners for food waste kitchen catchers in diversion programs, such as SF and Seattle. See the article . On the East Coast we have yet to understand and embrace the benefits of food scrap diversion vs. sending them to the landfill, where they contribute to fugitive ghg emissions.
BGT: What's next in terms of innovation?
SM: I fully expect to see materials with better properties, resulting in more products or ones with lower costs.
About BPI: The Biodegradable Products Institute is a multi-stakeholder association of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia, which promotes the use, and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting). The BPI is open to any materials and products that demonstrate that they meet the requirements in ASTM D6400 or D6868, based on testing in a approved laboratory. Learn more about BPI.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Just go to Facebook Marketplace and list your item, how much you'd like to sell it for, and for which organization you'd like the proceeds to go to. Facebook helps by providing a list of organizations; just click on "causes".
Just think, if every person on Facebook posted just one item for $10, more than $1 billion would be raised! Celebrities are getting involved as well. Thursday, March 12, Seal will sell five autographed CDs to benefit the Sierra Club Foundation.
Reselling and reusing keeps stuff out of landfills and casts an important vote for how you spend your dollars.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Food and Water watch is having a call-in day to Congress to ask our representatives to support artificial hormone-free milk in schools. So far, they've collected over 10,000 petition signatures and over 100 groups are supporting the campaign. And now you can help too, because March 11, 2009 is the first national "Know Your Milk" Day.
You can sign the petition by visiting the Food and Water Watch website. While you're there, take some time to look around. They are a wealth of information on everything from food labels to which fish are the safest to eat and easiest on the environment.
You can help make "Know Your Milk" Day a success by calling your congressman/woman and asking your representative to support rbgh free milk in schools. You can host an event by inviting ten friends over for cookies, rbgh-free milk, and congress calling!
Monday, March 9, 2009
You've seen the signs! For nearly twenty years, the Adopt-a-Highway program has publicly recognized those companies that feel it's important to keep the roads clean.
Learn more and stay tuned for more interesting information on the topic of litter...
Saturday, March 7, 2009
We all know that trees are great for the environment and beautiful to look at, but there are health advantages as well. Several neighborhoods in New York have fewer than average trees AND higher than average rates of asthsma among children. For this reason, One Million Tree NYC is specifically targeting neighborhoods like Hunts Point, East New York, and Far Rockaway.
And the best news is, One Million Trees has volunteer opportunities! Fulfill your three hours for the Brooklyn Green Team's Volunteer Challenge!
Learn more at www.milliontreesnyc.org
Friday, March 6, 2009
Information from local agencies and stores about greening your life
Raffles of environmentally-friendly products and services
A Clothing Swap - bring a bag and take a bag, or pay to shop
The Compost Master from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with his worms and indoor composting demonstration
A 1-pm sing-along with Lloyd Miller (from Tuesdays at the Moxie Spot)
Eco-friendly crafts projects to make
A planting activity
A Green Bake Sale (after all, it will almost be St. Patrick's Day)
What You Can Do
To sign up, contact Julia Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 718-237-1862.
Friday, March 13th
Setup: 11am-12pm, 12pm - 1pm
Sunday, March 15th:
Fair workers (lobby, information tables, crafts area, balloons, floater, etc.) 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm,
Bring Us Your Clothes! Sizes Newborn - 5. Drop them off at our office and we'll sort them before the event. You can drop them off on the day of the event but we prefer if you do it sooner.
Can you bake something green (be it in color or source of ingredients)? Let us know first, then bring it by on Friday the 13th between 9am and 1pm or before 10am on the 15th.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
March 3 marked the national launch of the 2009 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Great American Cleanup. Focusing on the message that “Green Starts Here,” KAB will be hosting events around the country until the end of the program on May 31.
KAB is expecting over three million volunteers in 30,000 community improvement activities and educational workshops to get involved in this year’s Great American Cleanup. These volunteers will rid streets, waterways and public spaces of litter and illegal dump sites, hold recycling drives and educational events, paint out graffiti and much more.
The Great American Cleanup is not a small project. Last year, 86 million pounds of litter and debris were collected for proper disposal, reuse and recycling. Also, the program:
Removed 15,200 junk cars, recycled 10.2 million pounds of aluminum and steel and recycled 1.4 million tires
Recycled 5.3 million pounds of electronics and 137,000 batteries
Improved over 144,000 miles of roadway
Recycled 186 million plastic (PET) bottles
Improved and maintained 91,000 acres of parks and public lands; 7,000 miles of rivers, lakes and shorelines; and 6,000 miles of hiking, biking and nature trails
Recycled 37.1 million pounds of newsprint
Recycled 5.2 million pounds of clothing
Attend the Great American Cleanup New York City Kickoff in Times Square!
Wednesday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST)
Kickoff Rally at Times Square's Military Triangle
The Keep New York City Beautiful Coalition will rally volunteers with a multi-media extravaganza in Times Square and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's challenge to communities in New York City to join in the GAC activities.
Great idea for a volunteer project as part of the YES WE CAN Volunteer Challenge
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Kale is in the same family of vegetables as cabbage. (Italians call black kale cavolo nero, or black cabbage.) Like its cousins, kale is packed with health-promoting sulfur compounds, and it has been found to have the greatest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables. It’s an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, as well as manganese, and a very good source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron and potassium. All of this nutritional value comes in a low-calorie package.
Supermarkets generally stock curly kale, the variety with the sturdy, silvery green, ruffled leaves. At farmers’ markets you’ll find several other varieties, including the dark green cavolo nero, plum-red Redbor kale and red Russian kale, which has purplish leaves and red veins. They can be used interchangeably unless otherwise specified.
Kale can be simmered for long periods, or it can be blanched and then quickly pan-cooked in olive oil. Long-simmered kale yields a sweet, nourishing “pot liquor” that you will want to sop up with bread or even sip with a spoon. Kale loses its bright color as it simmers and the flavor of the leaves is strong, but the overall effect is sweet and comforting. The pan-cooked kale is brighter, both in color and flavor, but it will yield much less to serve, because kale loses volume when it’s blanched. Simmered kale, on the other hand, first collapses in the pan, then swells as it cooks.
Read on at NYTimes