Thanks to the team at SaveOnEnergy.com for getting in touch after reading The Power of Wind for a Greener New York. Take a look at this great infograph they made which explains how wind turbines work.

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Sustainable Business Spotlight: Algramo

A company based in Santiago, Chile is revolutionizing the way we package, distribute, and buy our staple foods. Algramo, (Spanish for 1 gram), was founded by José Manuel Moller in 2012 after a period of time spent living and working in one of Chile’s poorest communities. Moller realized that much of the cost attached to the food we buy is the result of a convoluted means of distribution and a general lack of access to food in bulk. The increase in cost amounts to a “poverty tax” as people with low incomes and […]

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Tesla: A Lot has Happened in the Last Year

Since I last wrote about the unveiling of the Powerwall Home Battery in May, a lot has happened over at Tesla. Shortly after an April Fool’s Day press release poking fun at recent smartwatch announcements from competitors, Tesla introduced the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive car with a 250 mile range at 65mph. With a starting price of $75,000, the 70D is a slightly more affordable version of the Model S for those who don’t wish to give up features such as access to Tesla’s Supercharger network (which, by the way, […]

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How Tech is Changing Food Production

According to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, there are 795 million people worldwide who don’t have adequate access to food and proper nutrition. One of the major causes of hunger is the increasing drought, flooding, and changes in weather patterns due to global warming. Sub-Saharan Africa, especially the countries of Somalia, Ethopia, Kenya, and Uganda, have been hit particularly hard by food shortages in recent years. As the human population continues to grow, we can only expect to feel more pressure on the food supply. By 2050, we will need […]

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Urban Beekeeping 101

20 years ago, if I had written about beekeeping in the city, it may have been a light-hearted piece of informative fluff. These days, the situation is a bit too dire for that. Honey bee populations around the world are being threatened with extinction by a constellation of old and new environmental stressors and the mysterious disappearance of adult bee populations in hives, which scientists have dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Since 2007, when the disorder was first publicly identified, honey bee populations have seen a dramatic decrease in their numbers. While […]

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping Guide

If you’re looking for sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly gifts to give this holiday season, here are some local vendors that offer unique options for men, women, kids, babies, and everyone in between. Magpie 488 Amsterdam Ave Upper West Side, Manhattan Offering gifts that are locally made and constructed from recycled materials (or handcrafted by fair trade cooperatives), Magpie is the place to go for stylish, sustainable gifts for everyone on your list, with a selection including jewelry, stylish men’s accessories,  and goods for babies and children. Té Company 163 West 10th Street […]

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Sustainable Design: 20 Beautiful Objects Made out of Waste

From recycled denim sunglass frames to breathtaking bottlecap tapestries, designers and artists are constantly finding innovative ways to turn waste into eco-friendly works of art and high-end products. Anything we can do to divert trash from landfills is a step in the right direction towards living a more sustainable life, so I often share the work of innovative sustainable designers whose work is inspriring.  Here are 20 surprisingly beautiful objects made out of trash. Dirk Vander Kooij’s Endless Chair This chair is made out of one plastic string, crafted by a […]

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Upcycling: Everything Old is New Again

You may have heard the term “upcycling” in terms of crafts and DIY projects – upcycling means that waste materials or unwanted products are given a new life and turned into something useful. Recycling, on the other hand, means breaking down or extracting materials from a product to make something entirely new. Both practices keep items out of landfills, but upcycling keeps items out of the waste stream entirely and reduces the consumption of raw materials when creating new products. On a small scale, upcycling can mean sprucing up clothes that are […]

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Sustainable Farming for Veterans on the Heroic Food Farm in Claverack, NY

Up in the Hudson River Valley, 20 tranquil acres of farmland are about to take the shape of a military training ground—to teach veterans about sustainable farming and food entrepreneurship. This program, called Heroic Food Farm, has two aims: to help veterans and to help address the crisis in US farming. According to the US Labor Department, the unemployment rate for soldiers who have served since 2001 is more than 7 percent. As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, agricultural production in the US decreases by roughly 9.5 percent […]

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Sustainable Living in NYC: Bloomberg’s plaNYC and de Blasio’s OneNYC

You’re probably hearing the word “resilience” a lot lately. While the buzz is somewhat new, the concept isn’t. With roots in ecology science, the term arose to define the ability of systems to adapt or bounce back from shocks and setbacks—be it the environment or a niche ecosystem. Today, the concept has found prominence in wide-ranging disciplines from childhood development to city planning. As far as “future-proofing” cities to be resilient goes, NYC is ahead of the curve. In 2007, the Bloomberg administration introduced “PlaNYC,” a groundbreaking effort to address […]

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World Expo, Milan – Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

The World Expo is currently taking place in Milan, Italy and the theme this year is, “Feeding the Planet, Energy For Life.” The theme is based on the need to develop sustainable lifestyles as they relate to the availability and consumption of food worldwide.  With over 1.3 billion tons of food being wasted each year, while 870 million people suffered from undernourishment between 2010-2012, the Universal Exposition has invited countries to, as the website says, “reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of our world. From the very first […]

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Feel Good Wearing These Fair Trade & Sustainable Clothing Lines

In recent years, consumers are becoming more aware of the moral and environmental implications of “fast fashion,” or mass-manufactured trendy clothing sold at chains such as H&M. It’s no secret that these “affordable” garments are meant to fall apart after just a few wears, and that unfair labor practices are used in the manufacturing process. If you’re looking to be kinder to your wallet, the environment, and laborers everywhere, here are some affordable, ethically-produced, and fashionable alternatives to fast fashion chains: Everlane Men’s and Women’s Apparel This San Francisco-based company […]

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Denmark: A Worldwide Leader in Sustainable Living Practices

Although New York City is my home and there is no place I would rather be, I am proud of the sustainable living practices that come out of my home country.  Denmark has a long history of using design to improve solutions and society. Sustainability and environmental responsibility are a priority for an increasing number of Danish designers, making Denmark the epicenter of the growing trend in sustainable design. Here are some designers who work to create aesthetically pleasing, high-end, and sustainable pieces: Troels Grum-Schwensen Furniture Designer Troels Grum-Schwensen established […]

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COSMO, The Winning Design for the 2015 Young Architects Program

Every year, the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 host the Young Architects Program, an annual competition that gives emerging architects the opportunity to build projects conceived for MoMA PS1’s courtyard. The 2015 winner, Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation, has designed a movable structure which will purify 3,000 gallons of water, causing its stretched-out plastic mesh to glow. The project, titled COSMO, opens later this month and will serve as a backdrop for MoMA PS1’s popular music concert series, Warm Up. Established in 2000, the YAP was designed to solidify […]

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