Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

We tend to think of air pollution as something that happens outside, but indoor air pollutants are known to cause and exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. Indoor pollution is caused by the release of contaminants such as formaldehyde from common household materials and products including pressed woods, some types of foam insulation, paper products, and some paints and varnishes. In the 1980s, NASA researchers discovered that common houseplants can remove these contaminants from the air by metabolizing toxic chemicals and releasing byproducts that are harmless to humans. Improving […]

Read More →

Garden Inspiration for New York City Sustainable Living

My Danish friend, Jette Frölich, is a designer who has done some beautiful work in her garden.  Seeing the photos on her website (please check them out) got me thinking about how important it is to surround ourselves with nature and greenery whenever possible, even when we don’t have a large backyard to do the planting. Given that outdoor greenspace is limited in the city, the best way to enjoy the beauty of nature is to bring plant life into your home. While a few years ago we may have been constrained to a few potted […]

Read More →

Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to think about how to show the moms in your life appreciation for everything they do.  Although quite commercialized now, I think we would all agree that a day devoted to Moms is a very worthwhile celebration.  Mother’s Day was created by a woman named Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day service in memory of her mother, and then made it her mission to create the holiday […]

Read More →

Recent Press about Green Living

Thank you to the folks at Green Bride Guide for the recent feature on our green wedding which was a lot of fun to plan and execute with the eco-friendly team at Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico.  It’s hard to believe it has already been a year and a half since our wedding!  Check out the article here. Thank you as well to Jessica Dailey at CurbedNY for featuring our home in a round up of Passive House projects around New York City.  Check out the article here.  Ours is number 28 […]

Read More →

NYC Bike Paths

Biking in the city can be intimidating to those not accustomed to maneuvering through lanes of cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists.  It’s not for everyone, however the city is becoming more bike-friendly with designated bike paths and greenways popping up throughout the boroughs. I love taking my bike out and you’ll usually see me taking my bike to appointments when it’s not snowing or raining out. A few of my clients enjoy bringing their own bikes; it’s a great way to get around to see open open houses on a […]

Read More →

Elements “Forest” Preschool Set to Open this Summer in the Lower East Side

I’m very excited about Elements Preschool being set to open this summer at 99 Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side. Elements will feature a landscaped outdoor area which will allow for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor learning activities. Founded by Shilpa Sethi, the school will follow the New York Common Core curriculum, integrated with nature-based activities inspired by the forest school model, which teaches children through hands-on activities in the outdoors. Forest schools encourage kids to stay active by running, playing, climbing, and exploring the surrounding environment. While forest […]

Read More →

Playgrounds with the Most Natural Habitats Around NYC

My article about the soon-to-open Elements Preschool touches upon the benefits of natural habitats for reducing stress, improving relationships, and reducing inattention among children.  An interesting three year study at the University of Colorado confirmed what we all know inherently to be true: being in nature feels good and helps us all cope with stress.  I’ve rounded up a list of playgrounds in NYC that have nice natural features, so that you and your kids can take a break from the hustle and bustle, or at least take a break from the […]

Read More →

Upcoming NYC Bike Tours

Photo of cyclists for Bo Poulsen Upcoming Bike Rides blog post

Each summer, bicyclists flood the city to see New York from the vantage point of their bicycles, and many New Yorkers trade their subway commutes for bike rides. If you’re looking to take your enthusiasm for cycling to the next level, consider signing up for one (or more) of New York’s many bike tours. It’s a great way to explore the boroughs individually or bike them all at once – here’s a list of upcoming tours you can ride: Tour de Staten Island April 12 35 miles/55 miles The Tour […]

Read More →

Tesla Motors – The Car of the Future is Happening Now

by Bo Poulsen The healthiest competition I have seen on the market lately is the race to gain electric vehicle (EV) market share.  I’m looking forward to the day when I can take my clients around in my model X powered by the photovoltaics on my roof. Although I still enjoy riding my bicycle to showings, sometimes we just need a little more room. Tesla motors launched in 2003 with the mission to bring about high quality sustainable transportation for the masses. The economic crash of 2008 almost wiped the […]

Read More →

Miami’s Formula E Race / Prost Takes the Win

by Bo Poulsen I have just returned from a trip to Miami where I attended the fifth round of this year’s Formula E races.  Nicholas Prost, son of legendary F1 driver Alain Prost, won the race, with Scott Speed of Andretti racing coming in second. Formula E, the world’s first entirely electric racing series, debuted in Beijing in September 2014. If you haven’t heard of it before now, fear not – the buzz surrounding Formula E is just starting to get louder than the eco-friendly cars circling the tracks. Here’s […]

Read More →

Driving the Future, Margo Oge’s Upcoming Book

Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, recently wrote a great review of Margo Oge’s upcoming book, Driving the Future.  Margo Oge is the mother of my friend, Nicole Oge, and both of them are powerful women who don’t take no for an answer.  Margo served with the Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years and recently retired as the Director for the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, a role she served in for 18 years.  During her time with the EPA, she made changes that were previously […]

Read More →

Greenmarkets Around TOWN

The dawn of Greenmarkets in NYC was 30 years ago when 12 farmers set up shop in a parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue.  Today there are over 50 markets in NYC representing nearly 250 local farmers and fishermen and women.  For a full list of Greenmarkets around town, check out the GrowNYC website and search by neighborhood. Please let me know if there is a market in your neighborhood that I should not miss. TOWN Residential recently posted a blog article summarizing TOWN’s favorite greenmarkets around NYC.  Read the full article here or check […]

Read More →

Passivhaus / Passive House – An Incredibly Energy Efficient Building Method

by Bo Poulsen I’m about to embark on a huge project for the house my wife and I just purchased in Ditmas Park.  We are going to retrofit the nearly-hundred year old Victorian home into an energy efficient Passivhaus (Passive House).  In fact, Jessica Dailey just ran a Curbed article listing our home as one of New York City’s current Passive House projects. Passive Housing is a form of energy efficient building that reduces a building’s carbon footprint to nearly zero by eliminating the need for cooling and heating elements.  Traditional […]

Read More →

Make it Right – A Great Organization to Get Behind

I had a great opportunity to head to New Orleans to support an organization I strongly believe in, The Make it Right Foundation.  Town Residential featured me in a Q&A on the company blog and social media. Here is the interview: What made you want to get involved with Make It Right? I have been following the Make It Right Foundation since its inception for its commitment to using and promoting sustainable technology as well as the rebuilding of a great city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was one of […]

Read More →