Tag: recycling

March 16, 2017

New York City and the Plastic Bag Debate

by Kimberly Stempien   New York City’s OneNYC plan includes a commitment to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. It’s an ambitious goal, and to see it achieved, plastics must be greatly reduced in the waste stream.   In late 2016, the city council approved a bill to implement a plastic bag fee. Described. Read more…

March 1, 2017

Monthly Forum Recap: Everyday People and Sustainability

by Theresa Baker   If you’re trying to make more sustainable choices in your daily life, the GreenHomeNYC February Forum offered plenty of options.  The evening featured four speakers who spoke passionately about ways that “everyday people” in New York City can improve their quality of life, save energy and live more sustainably.   Simple. Read more…

December 29, 2016

How Green is Your Hotel: Sustainability in the Hotel Industry

by Tamanna Mohapatra   We’ve just been through another holiday season with tourists filling sidewalks, restaurants and New York City hotels. According to NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization for the city, over 58 million visitors came to Manhattan in 2015 alone, and another 59.7 million were projected for last year. Clearly, tourism. Read more…

December 1, 2016

Building Energy NYC: Sustainable Solutions for New York City

by Kimberly Stempien   Imagine a city with clean air, solar energy, plenty of pedestrian spaces and no cars. It’s not at all far-off; these are all on the agenda for New York City in coming years. In fact, some of the projects are already in progress. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association held their annual. Read more…

September 30, 2016

FABnyc: Combining Sustainability and the Arts

by Jennifer Lauren   How can community organizations address sustainability through creative and inclusive means in an ever-changing city? For Fourth Arts Block NYC (FABnyc), it means weaving sustainability into programs that support the vibrant artist community on the Lower East Side. Founded in 2001, the neighborhood non-profit is a coalition of arts and community. Read more…

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September 2, 2016

Striving Towards Zero Waste in New York City Schools

by Megan Nordgrén   As New York City’s public school students get back to the classroom on Sept. 8, students in 100 of these schools will see some changes to how they dispose of their waste. Included in a pilot program, these newly-designated Zero Waste Schools are being set up as models for recycling and. Read more…

July 21, 2016

August Forum: Waste Management

One of the most challenging sustainability questions facing large urban centers such as New York City is how to handle all the waste that is produced here on a daily basis. New York City has struggled with this question long before the last landfill shut down on its soil in 2001. With no spare land. Read more…

January 2, 2016

Baldor Speciality Foods: A Sustainability Success Story

by Tamanna Virmani   Idaho potatoes, a staple of the American diet, make a long journey from farm to plate. Physically and literally, the last stop on the train for this American native is Baldor Specialty Foods at Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx. Hidden away in full view at Hunts Point is a sustainability. Read more…

October 19, 2015

NYC Curbside Organics Collection Expands–Plus Post-Halloween Pumpkin Smash Composting Project

NYC ORGANICS COLLECTION EXPANSION NYC Organics Collection is expanding! This fall, another 53,000 households in Brooklyn and Queens will be able to recycle their organic waste right at the curb! DSNY collects yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper from homes and small buildings in pilot areas. PUMPKIN SMASH 2015 You smash them – and. Read more…

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September 30, 2015

A Greener Future for Waste Management

by Tamanna Virmani   All of us living or working in New York City recognize and admire the fact that the city is a trailblazer in many areas. However, waste management in general, and organics recycling in particular, have been challenging issues for the city – issues needing a trailblazing spirit to establish best practices. Read more…