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Articles about "Green living"

  • A Greener Future: OneNYC By Samantha Martinez | April 30, 2015

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently announced his OneNYC plan, but what does this mean for NYC? How will this green movement affect our city's future?

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  • Old and New Fixtures of NYC Rooftops: For Use or For Show? By Kamini Ramdeen | June 15, 2014

    The rooftops of NYC are crowded with all sorts of gizmos, gadgets, and amenities. Newer rooftop functions include, pools, bars, and even farms. NYC rooftops are doing much more than covering our heads. The installations that are found on our rooftops are sometimes necessary and are sometimes just for show. Here are two installations that will have you looking at NYC rooftops differently.  

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  • Contest Challenges Young NYC Minds to Think Green By Olivia Smedley | November 21, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief, New York is actually a very energy efficient city. No longer can it be said that it is the dirtiest place in the US, and it is only becoming cleaner. Many buildings being built in Manhattan and the outer boroughs now reach LEED certification for sustainability, which makes both homeowners and building owners very happy.

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  • All Is Well: Dicaprio's New Wellness Pad By Peter Black | November 15, 2013

    Apparently the only thing more important to Leonardo Dicaprio than “going green” is “going well.” The environmentally conscious superstar—who has been probing NYC’s luxury condo-scape for the last several months—recently purchased a home at 66 East 11th Street in Greenwich Village.

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  • Citi Bike and the Urban Trend Towards Green and Clean By Peter Black | September 11, 2013

    New York is frequently ranked among the nation’s filthiest cities. Scurrying through a monstrous maze of concrete and glass, throwing Chinese takeout boxes aimlessly into overflowing trash cans, filing like desperate rats into underground metal tubes—these are New Yorkers, and they’re not exactly the embodiment of environmental consciousness.

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  • Adopt the Wellness Vibe in NYC By Clemence Fontaine | August 07, 2013

    After the LEED certification that is better for energy-savings and the environment, here comes the “Well Building Standard”, a certification that focuses exclusively on wellness. Delos is the real estate developer that has come up with this innovative idea and with the philosophy that a building should do no harm. As the wellness industry is burgeoning, the firm has thought of expanding the feel good vibe to housing and is today the pioneer of a standard for homes that is most likely to spread soon. 

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  • Fossil Fuel Free by 2050? By Thomas Faddegon | March 13, 2013

    New York City is striving to put itself on the cutting edge of energy efficiency. Green buildings and green apartments are sprouting up all over the city. A multi-pronged attack on carbon emissions and energy costs is already underway with Mayor Bloomberg at the helm.

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  • An Overview of NYC Green Initiatives By Thomas Faddegon | February 20, 2013

    Last week, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the latest of his environmental initiatives. A new wave of efforts has begun, signaling an infrastructural overhaul.

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  • More LEED Certified Space Makes New York Greener By Aby Thomas | January 28, 2013

    New York has put its weight behind dozens of environment-friendly initiatives in the past few years, with the city determined to make itself known as a green metropolis. One such effort has been the push for new buildings in the city to get themselves one of the four LEED certifications, a rating system that grades structures for their adherence to green building design, construction, operation and maintenance. New York has been doing especially well in this regard—a recent survey had it placed third on the list of states that had the most amount of LEED certified space, with California and Texas taking the first two places.

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  • An Eco-friendly Midtown East Gets Greener By Laura Simmons | December 04, 2012

    Mother Nature can sometimes get lost in the overcrowding, multiple constructions, and waste--it’s the hustle and bustle of an industrial city.  However, New York City is striving to become greener by the second. First, an increase of green buildings and apartments across the city has infiltrated Manhattan’s real estate market. Well, it seems like residential buildings aren’t the only ones going green. Midtown East has launched a street recycling program as a way of creating an eco-friendly presence to replace the overflowing trash cans in the neighborhood. The local business improvement district (BID) and the city’s Department of Sanitation has formed an East Midtown Partnership to install 21 paper-only recycling bins in high traffic areas such as subway entrances and other areas with high amounts of overflow.

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