Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A lawyer from the Brooklyn Food Coalition has drafted a bill which would make fall leaf compost collection required by law in NYC!
In order to present this proposed bill to City Council, organizations throughout the city are voicing support. So far, Added Value, the Lower East Side EcologyCenter, East New York Farms, Just Food, Earth Matter NY and the North Brooklyn Compost Project have added a vote of approval.
Nice Work Project Leaf Drop!
get involved here: http://www.brooklynfoodcoalition.org/forum/topics/leaf-compost-law-you-can-help
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Beginning this week, the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) is placing collection boxes to recycle old rechargeable batteries and cell phones at select Greenmarket farmers markets across the city.
CENYC has joined the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s (RBRC) national Call2Recycle™ program which will help NYC residents conveniently recycle their cell phones and portable rechargeable batteries. All of the materials collected through the Call2Recycle program are recycled and used to create other types of materials, including new batteries and scrap metal. None of the material broken down from the recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones makes its ways into landfills.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Court & Montague
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Court & Montague
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
NW Entrance to Prospect Park
Fort Greene Park Greenmarket
Washington Park at DeKalb
McCarren Park Greenmarket
Driggs & Union
Monday, November 16, 2009
Residents and businesses in Brooklyn now have a new option for choosing renewable energy. Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading provider of cleaner energy, is now available in the Con Edison service territory and offers Brooklyn customers a choice of competitively-priced renewable energy products. With the company’s entrance into the market, Green Mountain becomes the first and only electric services company in New York City that is focused solely on providing cleaner electricity products to customers.
You can opt to get your power from them. Check them out and see for yourself.
Learn More at www.greenmountain.com/newyork
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Although only a tiny fraction of Big Apple parks recycle, a new one now under construction along the Brooklyn waterfront is set to take being green to another level.
The planned 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is set to partially open this winter after two decades of planning, is being partially built with recycled materials. This includes scraps from former pier sheds that were torn down to make way for the park.
The park will also feature an irrigation system relying on recycled rainwater and an on-site recycling system for its waste. . .
Friday, November 13, 2009
Evidence continues to mount that the simple acts of buying wisely and choosing the recycling bin over the garbage container can go a long way towards keeping the planet cooler. Two recent studies suggest that 37-44% of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from products and packaging. The reports, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Product Policy Institute (PPI), examine the lifecycle of products from extraction of raw materials through transport and disposal. While just 5% of U.S. GHG emissions come from residential energy use, 29% are created by the provision of goods that we buy and throw away (excluding food). In 2006 U.S. municipal recycling programs resulted in the avoidance of 183 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2E) in GHG emissions. The report estimates that a 50-100% increase in recycling would avoid another 70-300 MMTCO2E. Changes in packaging and product stewardship by manufacturers would further reduce emissions.
Click here to learn what you can recycle in NYC.
Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Through Land and Materials Management, US EPA
Products, Packaging and US Greenhouse Gas Emissions, PPI
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
This Sunday recycling pandemonium will sweep streets across the U.S. Don't miss out!
America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Through America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) support local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteer America Recycles Day coordinators are positioned throughout the country and work to organize recycling awareness events in their schools and communities, and in conjunction with their local municipalities.
On November 15 each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment.
What does it mean for you?
You can also find out how to increase your recycling by learning about composting (which you can drop off at the Union Square Greenmarket), textile recycling collection sites around the city, plastic recycling, and cool recycled products here in BK. You can also take the official pledge!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Brazilian environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica says the campaign, running on several television stations, uses humor to persuade people to reduce flushes.
The group says if a household avoids one flush a day, it can save up to 4,380 liters (1,157 gallons) of water annually.
Just something to think about...
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 10 @ 11am-7pm
Church of the Heavenly Rest, 90th Street and Fifth Avenue
Contact: Carnegie Hill Neighbors, 212-996-5520
Sponsored by: Carnegie Hill Neighbors, The Brick Presbyterian Church, The Church of the Heavenly Rest, Carnegie Hill/Yorkville CSA, Grass-roots
Bring cell phones, computers, laptops, copiers, fax machines, IPods and PDAs, modems, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, stereo and radio equipment, telephones and telephone equipment, televisions, typewriters, speakers, digital cameras, VCRs, DVD players. All E-Waste collected will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner in the U.S.
Keep electronic waste out of landfills. Spread the word; hang up this flyer in your home, school and workplace!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
In an effort to combat its looming $3 billion deficit, the state passed its Refundable Container Act (Bottle Bill) earlier this year. The law was dubbed a “Bigger, Better Bottle Bill.”
While the law was due to take effect in June, the beverage industry filed a lawsuit, calling the bill “unconstitutional” because it excluded beverages with sugar added. This move put the law on hold until April 2010 in order to give time for manufacturers to make the necessary adjustments. . .
Nationally, Americans buy an estimated 28 billion plastic water bottles every year. An estimated eight out of every 10 bottles will end up in a landfill. Other states, such as California, Connecticut, Oregon and Delaware, have adopted bottle bills to increase recycling while supplying extra cash for state budgets.
Source: Earth 911
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
No pun intended, cough cough...
NYCLeaves: Project LeafDrop, a new coalition of community gardens and greening groups dedicated to moving fallen leaves from the trash bin to the compost bin, is building a growing network of community gardens that will take in some of the 20,000 tons of residential leaves that would otherwise go to landfills and turn them into beautiful, rich compost or mulch for garden beds and street trees. Community gardens participating in “Project LeafDrop”, welcome neighborhood residents to bring their bagged leaves (in clear plastic or paper bags without twigs or trash) to their gardens on specific dates in November.
Until 2007, NYC had collected and composted residential leaves, but since that program was discontinued due to budget cuts, some community gardens are inviting neighbors to bring their leaves to their gardens where the leaves will nourish our urban oases and be kept out of the wastestream.
Garden groups wishing to join Project LeafDrop and register as a drop-off site, to find specific drop-off dates at a participating garden near you, or for more information about the project, see the group’s website: www.nycleaves.org or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information will be available at many of the participating gardens about how to make compost in your own garden or apartment and about efforts to encourage the City to reinstate its municipal leaf collection and composting program.