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.
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.org.
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.
Spring is officially here and it is time to clean out your closet and think of becoming environmentally friendly. Going green has never been easier to do since international fashion giant H&M unveiled their new clothing line and service, entitled H&M CONSCIOUS. Customers can bring their old clothes into an H&M location to have them reused, reworn, or recycled. In return for their old clothes, customers receive a voucher for 15% off an item of their choice for each bag they bring. Customers are only allowed to bring in two bags of clothing per day.
This week Manhattan Lincoln and Chef Wolfgang Ban of Seasonal and Edi & The Wolf hosted a special Dine and Drive event, showcasing the all new Lincoln 2012 MKZ Hybrid. Guests enjoyed delicious hand-picked wine paired with small appetizers by Chef Ban upon arrival and were able to walk around and car-gaze at Manhattan Automobile Company.
Appetizers included porkbelly, beef tartar, king crab, oysters, tomato bread with basil, and beet gazpacho. Some of the wines accompanying the dishes include Steininger Riesling Sekt, Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner Grand Reserve 2010, and Wieninger Pinot Noir Select 2008, just to name a few.
If you recycle and carry your groceries in a tote bag, keep in mind that reducing meat consumption is an essential part a sustainable lifestyle, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As much as recycling helps, it is meat consumption that is doing the most damage. Here are three BIG reasons to quit meat for good:
As the weather warms up and summer approaches, be sure to heed these tips on keeping cool and saving energy this summer.
Fix Your Leaks/Seal Your House
Air leakage wastes about 30% of the energy consumed within a home throughout the day. The good news is you can easily find services to audit your house and reduce carbon consumption through improved efficiency, seal windows and doors to keep the cool air in.
In addition, installing dense insulation, especially in households with attics also helps reduce waste.
As conditions worsen across the globe due to climate change and its effects on the world's ecosystems, the clamor to find new ways to lessen our carbon footprint and slow the ever-worsening crisis of global warming has brought a unique sense of enthusiasm to architecture and building design. New York City in particular boasts an ever-expanding market for so-called “green buildings,” which are becoming all the rage, at least for NYC's environmentally conscious urban-dwellers.
Peruse these spring-themed and year-round green tips for ways to make even a small difference in helping to save our environment.
This year, consider opting for recycled papers and green cleaning supplies while you start on your spring cleaning. Avoid cleaners containing phosphates, which are extremely toxic to the environment, as well as cleaners containing bleach or chlorine, which tend to be harmful for similar reasons. Vegetable-based cleaners have become increasingly popular and available to consumers across the country. You can also use vinegar as a completely natural way to clean almost anything.
Drink Local Beer, Order Beers on Tap.
Yes it’s even possible to adopt a green stance towards going out on the town. One easy way to do this is to order beers from local breweries- they have lower costs of production and their products travel shorter distances than larger, more well-known breweries.
Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S. Save some trees and give your friends and family gifts in the bag that keeps on giving with The Give Bag™.
All Give Bags are made from a vegetable fiber called 'jute' which is durable yet fully biodegradable. Bag sizes and designs are created based on the actual textile roll width to ensure minimal fabric waste. There's a cover flap so your recipient can't see what's inside and the bright colored designs are created with vegetable-based dyes.