Swing into Spring with the Central Park Conservancy Tonight

The Central Park Conservancy exists to restore, maintain, and preserve the beauty and wonder that is New York City's Central Park. Since 1980 their efforts have continually provided 75% of the park's annual multi-million dollar budget. The Greenwald Circle is a branch of the Conservancy made of young professionals and philanthropists who work tirelessly to fundraise and further bolster these efforts. Tonight, these groups host their annual Swing into Spring party complete with drinking, dining and dancing all in the name of preserving one of the city's best treasures. From 7 to 11pm the Loeb Boathouse will be alit with the good spirit of charity and the clinking of glasses to the fruitful spring to come.

The African Rainforest Conservancy's 23rd Annual Artists for Africa Gala

Did you know that the world has already lost half of its rainforests? JoonBug wants to do its part and support efforts to protect what remains of the rainforests, which shelter half of the word’s species. On Wednesday, January 29th, at the Bowery Hotel, the African Rainforest Conservancy is sponsoring its 23rd Annual Artists for Africa Gala. The much anticipated event raises both awareness and funds to support the Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains, which are among the oldest and most biodiverse in the world and under constant threat of illegal logging, forest fires, and clear cutting.

Going Green without Going Gaga

When you think of a lifestyle change, the imagination tends to picture a cataclysmic upheaval topped off with a hefty amount of hard work and struggle. That's when, all of a sudden, you change your mind and find peace with the static way things are. However, lifestyle changes can actually be extremely simple. Furthermore, they can make a big difference--if you know how to bite off the right sized modifications, that is.

“Going green” is all the rave right now, and yes, you can be a part of this movement without having to devote too much time or mental energy into your actions. Let's tackle the basics first: what does “going green” even mean? Well green newbies, or Greenbies, rather, “going green” is a term used to describe the process of changing our lifestyles in order to secure the safety of our environment. If you were to go green you would make decisions affecting your quotidian habits that could have an impact on the environment (i.e. global warming, pollution, destruction of animal habitats, and other environmental concerns). It's hard to see any setbacks now, huh?

Farm Aid 2013 Announces Stellar Lineup

Farm Aid is a non-profit organization that has fought to keep family farmers on their land and promote people to buy food from family farms for 28 years. Initiated by a huge benefit concert in 1985, Farm Aid has continued to throw annual concerts to help raise money for their cause. In order to help localize America's food sources, this organization devotes its efforts in raising money to keep family farms afloat and re-establish them as the backbone of American agriculture.

Farm Aid board members include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, all of whom will be returning to the stage at this year's festival. Scheduled for Saturday, September 21st at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, NY, Farm Aid 2013 looks to be yet another year of popular newcomers playing along side long time veterans. These include such recognizable names as Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter, and Pegi Young & The Survivors.

Woody Harrelson Promotes Straw-Based Paper to Fight Deforestation

Woody's taking his love for trees a step forward.

Step Forward Paper is a new brand of straw-based paper launched by 51-year-old actor Woody Harrelson and his business partner Jeff Golfman to help fight deforestation. Using 80 percent wheat-straw waste and 20 percent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood fiber, this paper will revolutionize the way people produce paper and significantly reduce the number of trees that are cut down to produce it.

Gudrun Sjoden Opens SoHo Greene Store With Eco-Friendly Home Ware

Swedish designer Gudrun Sjoden has always gotten her inspiration from the earth. Whether it's using all natural materials for her colorful home wares and chic clothing line or promoting eco-friendly business practices, such as shipping her products by sea, Gudrun is always finding new ways of using and giving back to the earth. With a new store in SoHo she now has her heart set on introducing America to her stylish and eco-conscious products. The boutique is even on Greene Street, what a business model!

Urban Repurposing and the Pop-Up Revolution

Out with the old and in with the new.

This often used statement may seem like the motto of 21st century NYC and it has never been more true in terms of New York's recent surge of urban re-purposing. By utilizing vacant and derelict spaces around the city, New York businesses and organizations have utilized and benefited from the large amounts of real estate that these spaces have provided them with.

One prime example of this is the emergence of pop-up shops. Pop-up shops are any temporary shops set up in a vacant or unused space. Pop-up shops are mostly used by big name brands to provide consumers with unique and convenient alternatives to larger outlets. This strategy has been particularly successful for a number of companies which include Target and Adidas as well as many luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton. Yet pop-up shops have not been exclusive to big name companies like Adidas nor are they exclusively utilized as consumer retail outlets. In New York and many other cities around the world, the pop-up shop concept has been used to provide people with unique alternatives to bars, art installations, and in the case of SyFy at the SXSW Festival even pop-up hotel rooms.

CUNY Helps NYC Reevaluate the Importance of Solar Energy

On Tuesday, June 4, the City University of New York will help promote the utilization of solar energy as the key to a more efficient and economically reliable future by hosting the 2013 NYC Solar Summit at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue). This event will focus on a number of moderated conversations on the benefits, promotion, and implementation of solar energy in NYC. Registration for the event is open to the public and is free of charge to students, faculty, speakers, sponsors, and members of the media.

Making a Greener Footprint

Breaking the normal routine and starting to think eco-friendly might be difficult to do. In a society where there is constant traveling in cars and planes, the amount of pollution the average individual produces daily is alarming. However, for people that find themselves reducing as much as they can but are still polluting, they can get involved with

CarbonFund is a non-profit organization that aims to tackle global warming by making it affordable for individuals and businesses to reduce and offset their impact on the environment. People can donate to the foundation, whose goals are to increase climate change education and increase carbon offsets and reductions.