Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Quick, do-it-yourself weatherization solutions:
-Asbestos-free, draft-sealing peel-and-press rope caulk, for example, is great for sealing up gaps around your windows and doors.
-Door and Window Adhesive, V-Type Weatherstrip – ideal for windows and doors
-Nail-On Wood Doorstop Combination with Q-Ion –a Niagara best-seller, finger-jointed with coped ends and primed
-Shrink-Fit Window Kit, 62” by 210” – provides an added thermal barrier for windows and doors
-Clear, Universal Glass Patch Poly Tape – ideal for quick, draft-preventing window repair
-Foam Door and Window Closed-Cell Weatherstrip – for easy use sealing out drafts
-Draft Stopper Gaskets for Switches and Outlets –an excellent way to keep out energy-depleting drafts
-Air Filter Whistle – lets you know when it’s time to change your furnace filter for more efficient use.
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Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
World's First Eco-Educational Pop Up Shop
BoHo Bodega, the world’s first pop up shop focused on bringing easily accessible environmentally-sound products to consumers, is open for five days starting this morning in New York City.
This temporary bodega-style store is based on New York’s SoHo/NoLita border, offering the foods, beverages and household products found in typical bodegas across New York City, yet all with an eco-focus. In addition, goods will be offered at a greatly reduced price to encourage shoppers who believe green is beyond their budget to try healthier, eco-friendly alternatives to regular purchases. Goods in-store have been donated by eco-conscious brands including Vita Coco, Green Forest, Organic India, Planet Inc, Kiss My Face, Simply Organic and Sambazon, and proceeds will benefit Council on the Environment of NYC (Greenmarket, Recycling, Community Gardens, Education...).
Wednesday, October 21 - Sunday October 25, 2009
Times Wed - Sat 10am - 10pm; Sun 11am - 6pm
220 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
CENYC Workshops at BoHo
Eco-Friendly Home Gardening presented by the Open Space Greening Program
Thurs 10/22 from 2:30 – 3:30
There are many alternatives to nasty chemicals when treating your indoor houseplants. Learn about the various biological, cultural and natural controls you can use to keep those critters and pests away from your favorite African violets and kitchen windowsill herb garden.
Fresh, Healthy, Local presented by Greenmarket
Thurs 10/22 from 6:00 – 7:00
CENYC’s Greenmarket program is one of the premiere farmers’ market programs in the United States, operating 49 farmers’ markets in New York City’s five boroughs. Join Greenmarket staff and farmers as they demonstrate the joys of eating seasonally during harvest time while describing the environmental benefits of supporting local farmers and sustainable agriculture.
Rev Up Your Recycling presented by the Office of Recycling Outreach & Education
Fri 10/23 from 4:30 – 5:30
Did you know you can recycle more than 50% of your waste in NYC? Council on the Environment of NYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education will show you how. Find out all that can be recycled at the curbside and beyond and learn how to turn your food scraps into beneficial compost for gardens and houseplants.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
The report, entitled The Energy and Climate CHange Impacts of Different Music Delivery Methods, looks at energy and CO2 emissions associated with how we get our music - either delivery of an album of music in the traditional way or via the Internet. While we can guess that just in materials and fuel for delivery of CDs to your house, online would be more efficient, the degree to which it is an improvement is surprising. Online purchases show a 40% and 80% savings.
The scenarios the researchers looked at are:
1) Album published on CD and delivered via traditional retail methods
2) Album published on CD and delivered by light-duty truck through an online e-tail provider
3) Album published on CD and delivered by express air through an online e-tail provider
4) Album downloaded as mp3/mp4 files from an online music service and used digitally
5) Album downloaded as mp3/mp4 files from an online music service and burned to CD-R for digital and CD use (no CD packaging)
6) Album downloaded as mp3/mp4 files from an online music service and burned to CD-R for digital and CD use, stored in individual CD packaging, i.e., slimline jewel cases
As Gizmag points out, there is one situation where online music is no more efficient than printed discs, and it's all in how you get to the store. This is interesting: Whether or not a consumer walks rather than drives to a store, when compared to the file-size of a downloaded album, could equate to the same CO2 output due to the energy it takes for your computer to connect to the Internet and download the file.
But the report is conclusive: "Based on our assumptions, online delivery is clearly superior from an energy and CO2 perspective when compared to traditional CD distribution."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Join us this Fall while we clean out our closets and swap children and maternity clothing and gear. Kid grow so fast and outfitting them can be expensive so let's all get together and trade goods. New parents with nothing to swap are welcome as all items will be on sale and proceeds will go to the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign.
Date: Sunday, October 25th
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Location: YMCA Prospect Park Branch
357 Ninth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 - map
Directions: F train to 4th Avenue or the B75 down 9th Street
Date: October 19 - 24
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Front desk of YMCA Prospect Park Branch
357 Ninth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 - map
For more info on how to participate visit www.brooklynswap.weebly.com
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Host a costume swap with the neighbors (or friends).
Choose natural decorations: Bails of straw, colorful mums and a handful of gourds are great seasonal decorations that can be composted on November 1st. If scary witches hanging from the oak tree and plastic pumpkins on the front step are a must-have, scour secondhand stores.
and we humbly suggest, you spend some quality halloween time outdoors on Saturday, really what's greener than just being outside?
Learn more about the author at www.green-year.com.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Exhibition to Feature Wall-Sized Photographic Prints, Providing Visitors With Immersive Experience of Parks Throughout Five Boroughs Joel Meyerowitz’s expansive study of New York City’s parks—throughout all five boroughs—will be on view at the Museum of the City of New York in an installation to include unusually large photographic prints, some as large as the gallery walls themselves; the images document the untamed and wild nature of the city’s cherished and hard-won open spaces, as well as bucolic and pastoral landscapes. Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks, which will be on view October 9, 2009 through March 7, 2010, is the result of a unique commission Meyerowitz received from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in 2006, and it constitutes the first photographic survey of the parks since the 1930s.
The first official New York City park was Bowling Green, a mere half-acre leased to a group of citizens by a Common Council at an annual rent of one peppercorn. The 1811 Manhattan grid plan designated a few more areas, such as Union Square, Tompkins Square, and Madison Square, as open spaces for downtown recreation, and the 1830s and ‘40s saw the creation of a handful of parks in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The mid 19th century saw a major period of park expansion in the city, with the creation of Central Park, Prospect Parks, Van Cortlandt Park, and others. The New York Park Association, the city’s first open-space advocacy organization, spearheaded by John Mullaly in 1881, developed a system comprising six large parks and three parkways in the Bronx; one of these, Pelham Bay Park, is the largest in the city at 2,765.5 acres. When the New York Park Association vested these parks to the City of New York in 1888, the City’s green space quintupled. Beginning in the 1930s, Robert Moses focused on the recreational use of parkland with the addition of hundreds of playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts, skating rinks, and swimming pools, more than doubling the amount of park acreage in the five boroughs of New York City.
Today, there are approximately 29,000 acres of land under the jurisdiction of the Parks Department, of which 12,000 acres are wilderness areas consisting of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Hundreds of rare plant species and native creatures—for example, foxes, coyotes, deer, and even turkeys—have been sighted in city parks. In recent years, the Parks Department has created nature preserves out of vacant tracts, initiated reforestation programs, and played a proactive role in conservation and sustainability.
Monday, October 5, 2009
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