Monday, February 22, 2010

Support Environmental Education for Just 20 bucks!

Council on the Environment of NYC is kicking off it's 40th anniversary with Rock N Grow which supports great education programs like: teens managing their own farm stand; farmer visits in schools and tours of the Greenmarket; kids building solar ovens and planting trees, you get the point.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Special Event from Our Friends at GreenEdge

BCL Supper Club and
bk farmyards
Support Youth Farm

Monday, February 22, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Creative League (BCL)
540 President Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(M, N, R to Union Street), 718-576-2104.

WHAT: Green Edge NYC is thrilled to partner with bk farmyards for our monthly BCL Supper Club to raise funds for the Youth Farm developed by bk farmyards and the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights / East Flatbush to start the 1-Acre Farmyard!

Come and enjoy a delicious meal, topped off with cocktails from Sister Liqueurs.
In addition there will be a live auction of goodie baskets filled with gift certificates to local restaurants and shops, artisan liqueurs, homebrews and more! There will be a short presentation on the new Farm at the high school followed by discussion on the future of urban agriculture and school farms.

COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
All the proceeds will go toward the Youth Farm bk farmyards has developed in partnership with the High School for Public Service.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Antibiotics & Food Animal Production

This past Tuesday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 10th, CBS New Anchor Katie Couric presented a report on the use of antibiotics in food animal production. This report investigates the use of antibiotics within the cattle and livestock industries. It also explores the effects these drug-fed animals can have on humans.

Watch the Report.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Great Appliance Swap Out! Feb. 12 - 21

NYC residents doing so between February 12th and 21st are eligible for state rebates for purchasing Energy Star rated replacements. Those who ensure their appliances are properly recycled are eligible for even bigger rebates. Recycling metal appliances is easy since the NYC Dept of Sanitation will take up to 6 bulk metal items per week on your regular recycling day. Be sure to call 311 first for items requiring Freon/CFC removal.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

2010 Green Heroes Grant

The makers of Green Works natural cleaners is launching 2010 Green Heroes Grant Program to recognize and support those individuals or organizations that are making their communities a greener place to live. I’ve included some information below about the nomination process and those who are eligible to win.

People can nominate green community projects and their leaders for a Green Heroes grant by submitting a photo and short essay about the project or person at Nominations will be accepted between January 19 and February 18, 2010. A $15,000 first prize and a $5,000 runner-up grant will be awarded in each of the following three categories:

    • Youth Leader/Organization: Individual youth leaders – aged 13 to 17– and youth-led non-profit organizations.
    • Adult Leader/Organization: Individual leaders – aged 18 and over – and non-profit organizations.
    • School Organization: This category will recognize innovative environmental programs that are coordinated by a school or a teacher. These programs can receive grants to help further develop their projects along with a special educational experience from Roots & Shoots for their school

Monday, February 8, 2010

Get Your Kids Outside!

How can you foster a love for the natural world that will last a lifetime? By sending a child to a DEC camp for a week! Campers learn about the environment through hands-on, outdoor activities and build friendships that last forever. Contact with environmental professionals
throughout the week enriches the learning and encourages career exploration.

Four camps, Colby (Northern Adirondacks), Pack Forest (Southern Adirondacks), DeBruce (Catskills) and Rushford (Western NY), host youth 12 to 14 years old. DEC also offers week-long Ecology Workshops for teens 15 to 17 years old at Pack Forest and Rushford.

Complete information about the camps is available at We begin accepting applications postmarked no earlier than February 6 for campers sponsored by an organization and February 27 for campers whose parents pay the $325 fee. Application forms are available on the website or by calling DEC Camps

For more info:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Calling all Kensington and Windsor Terrace Environmentalists!

This comes from our friends at Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace...

There's Power in Community. At least that's our theory!

We all conserve more energy when we know our neighbors are making efforts to reduce their energy use and we have an idea of how much we are using as well as the average consumption of the people around us.

To test this theory, we invite you to compete in a neighborhood energy saving competition which will make it incredibly easy to track your energy use, compare it to how much you used last year and show you how you are doing compared to your neighbors.

Neighbors will compete to reduce their energy consumption and there will be winners in two categories – biggest loser and smallest footprint. We're piloting this experimental competition in Kensington & Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn and after we work out the kinks, we want to scale it up to the rest of the city (think about which neighborhood you want to challenge next!)

You are eligible to compete if you pay your own energy bill and have lived in the same place for at least 12 months. Coops and Condos are encouraged to enter!

Visit this link for everything you need to know to enter:

Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace is a little group formed last year. We are all residents of Kensington or Windsor Terrace and our mission is: Building community through education and actions that reduce our environmental impact.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Green Films at Sundance

Three green films from Sundance:

Read the full article on Grist.