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Green Careers July Event Recap: “Six Degrees of Separation” Networking Workshop

July 15, 2017

Recap by Brigitta Berze

 

Photo by Vickie Gomez

 

On July 11, Green Careers hosted a workshop where participants were taught the dos and don’ts of networking and guided through exercises to practice networking in a more relaxed environment. Thanks to the helpful tips given by GreenHomeNYC volunteers Emily Taubenblatt and Samantha Yost, attendees walked away with a practical guide on how to properly network.

 

According to Sam, the first rule of any networking event is to Be on Time! She then asked the timeless question: What is your fear about networking? Naturally, people’s biggest fears related to their confidence in their knowledge about relevant topics to discuss, the awkwardness of selling yourself to someone in a high position, and not having anything in common with the person with whom you are speaking.

 

Sam eased concerns as she explained that having a successful networking experience does not depend on being a social butterfly. Proper networking is about making connections and building professional relationships. She recommended Kate Griffin’s ‘Human to Human Networking’. Sam reminded us that at the end of the day the CEO or Vice President of a company is human too, and asking for an informational interview is always a good idea. Trying to get to know someone professionally is a process and networking is building long-term relationships. Don’t be afraid to e-mail the person you really want to meet to start the conversation.

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July Forum: Spotlight on Parks – Bigger and Better

July 14, 2017

Two NYC Parks Expanding Park Area by Almost 8.5 Square Miles!

 

Central Park, at a mere 1.31 square miles, is nothing in comparison to Freshkills Park and the Hudson River Parks Conservancy – two giants that are each over 4 square miles. NYC has been expanding park areas for decades, and these are two great examples of the repurposing of areas that many thought would never recover. Today, one is a shining example of success, the second might become one of our great wildlife sanctuaries…..who knew? Come listen to these two highly dedicated Parks experts, as they explain the day-to-day operations in their parks.

 

Hudson River Park

 

Freshkills Park

 

Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM -8:00 PM
Place: Fujitsu General America, 1450 Broadway, 42nd floor, New York, NY 10018

 

Register Here!

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GreenHomeNYC July Tour: THE STARRETT-LEHIGH BUILDING

July 8, 2017

GreenHomeNYC INVITES YOU TO

TOUR THE ROOFTOP FARM AT THE STARRETT-LEHIGH BUILDING

 

Discover how one of the City’s largest landmark properties is becoming more sustainable and socially responsible. Join GreenHomeNYC as we tour the rooftop farm at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea! RXR Realty, owner and manager of the building since 2011, has rolled out a plan to be a leader in energy conservation and general sustainability within the Chelsea community. This year marked the official opening of the rooftop farm; a CSA for tenants in the building; and on-site composting. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about these programs as well as plans for the future of the Starrett-Lehigh.  Register early for a discount!

 

Date/Time: Thursday, July 13th @ 5:30pm

 

Location: 601 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

 

Cost: $10 Early Bird, $15 Procrastinator

Register Today!


Posted by jbonomo in Blog

No Paris? No Problem: Climate Action Marches On

June 23, 2017

by Pamela Berns

 

As though sending a portentous message, the movie “Paris Can Wait” was playing at the Paris theater just one block from Trump Tower in New York City, when Donald Trump announced the U.S. pullout from the Paris Climate accord. But commitments to climate change action and strategy march on: the initial disappointment with the White House decision quickly morphed into strengthened resolve and galvanized coalition building within and across public and private sectors, U.S. localities, and around the world.

 

While organizations like NRDC have stepped up their legal and policy battle, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s first tweet ever was to tell the administration that the president’s “decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world.”

California Governor Jerry Brown and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to expand trade between California and China with an emphasis on green technologies, and 313 U.S. mayors joined together in a commitment to “adopt, honor and uphold” the goals and principles of the Paris agreement.


And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Despite federal policy, the sustainability and climate change action movements are very much alive, kicking, and in full throttle. The list promises to keep growing, and we invite you to add to it (see the the end of this article to learn how to contribute your stories). Here are just a few more of the most recent reports we’ve come across. (more…)

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