Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This project aims to mobilize volunteers to coat the rooftops of participating buildings with reflective, white coating to reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse emissions.
Bloomberg and Gore helped NYC Service volunteers coat the rooftop of the Long Island City YMCA in Queens to jumpstart a pilot program through October 9.
During the pilot, teams of volunteers are working to coat 100,000 square feet of rooftop in Long Island City, a neighborhood that endures higher temperatures than the citywide average due to the number of industrial rooftops in the area.
"It's such a simple concept - anyone who has ever gotten dressed in the summer knows it - light-colored surfaces absorb less heat than darker surfaces do," said Mayor Bloomberg.
"Coating rooftops with reflective, white paint can reduce roof temperatures by as much as 60 degrees and indoor temperatures by 10 to 20 degrees," the mayor said. "That means substantial energy savings for the building owner and a big reduction in energy usage and greenhouse emissions."
Learn More at Environment News Service.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Bridy Crawford has been a regular throughout Artisan-Market’s 2009 Season, exemplifying our goal of featuring Artists/Designers with an eco-friendly point of view. A master silver-smith, who generously shares her extensive technical knowledge with others, she is also a semi-abstract painter. Her latest creation is a miniaturized silver pendant version of her shadow art designs combining left over sterling with bamboo.
A new addition to Artisan-Market, rBags from EcoStreet –“reduce, reuse, rebag”. All rBags are cute and durable for any activity. Designed and produced locally, Nadia Miller’s bags make a fashion statement. Her bags can be used on their own for even the most formal occasions or stowed neatly in your favorite hadbag as an eco-viable alternative to disposable shopping bags. Buy two and store one inside the other as a back-up.
While you're there, check out the Fort Greene Greenmarket.
Monday, September 21, 2009
For inspiration as you tackle the Unplug Your Life Challenge (which you should join by emailing us)
"Electricity use from power-hungry gadgets is rising fast all over the world. The fancy new flat-panel televisions everyone has been buying in recent years have turned out to be bigger power hogs than some refrigerators.
The proliferation of personal computers, iPods, cellphones, game consoles and all the rest amounts to the fastest-growing source of power demand in the world. Americans now have about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980. . .
The biggest offender is the flat-screen television. As liquid crystal displays and plasma technologies replace the old cathode ray tubes, and as screen sizes increase, the new televisions need more power than older models do. And with all those gorgeous new televisions in their living rooms, Americans are spending more time than ever watching TV, averaging five hours a day...
Noah Horowitz, at the Natural Resources Defense Council, calculated that the nation’s gaming consoles, like the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and theSony PlayStation 3, now use about the same amount of electricity each year as San Diego, the ninth-largest city in country. . ."
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Friday, September 11, 2009
Join CENYC at Green Brooklyn…Green City, a city-wide event attracting residents from all 5 boroughs to a full day fair and symposium, where attendees can learn first-hand from local experts about the many ways New York City is creating a more sustainable future.
The State of the Climate (12pm – 1pm) Featuring
Dr. Radley Horton, Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Hugh Hough, The Climate Project
Dr. William Solecki, Hunter College
Green Your Business (1:30pm-2:30pm) Featuring
Andrew Kimball, President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Representative from Green Depot
Vanessa Knight, Director of Sustainable Business Network of New York City
Local vs. Organic: And Why We Care (3pm-4pm) Featuring
Michael Hurwitz, Director of Greenmarket
Anna Lappe, bestselling author of Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
Justone Bossert, Red Jacket Orchards.
Don’t forget to bring your textiles for recycling and reuse! They might even get turned into artwork during a day-long interactive art project by Derick Melander. The event is sponsored by National Grid, TD Bank, Waste Management and Village Voice, official media sponsor. Learn More.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
10:00am - 4:00pm
Tekserve, 119 West 23rd St New York, NY 10011
Bring your unwanted or broken electronics to this Lower East Side Ecology Center's organized collection event in front of Tekserve to have them recycled responsibly. Sponsored by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and ConEdison for sponsoring this event and Tekserve for hosting the event.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Found atop the Morgan mail processing building, a 2.2 million-square-foot facility, the green roof spans nearly 2.5 acres and overlooks Midtown Manhattan.
Fourteen Ipe Brazilian wood benches made from Forest Stewardship Council sustainable certified lumber are found among native plants and trees, including Calamagrostis grass on the roof.
“The Morgan green roof is the largest in New York and one of the largest in the country,” said Sam Pulcrano, vice president of Sustainability with the Postal Service. “Not only does it provide employees with a beautiful, serene outdoor environment, the green roof will help us meet our goal to reduce energy usage 30 percent by 2015.”