May 4, 2021

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’

By Raul Larios


A climate crisis is looming to be sure, but don’t let the sun catch you cryin’, as the title of the Ray Charles song says. That’s because New York City can do its part, in a very big way, to help prevent it.

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May 3, 2021

Monthly Forum: The Future of NYC’s Streetscape

With the mayoral elections coming up and a multi-billion dollar federal infrastructure funding on the horizon, 2021 is a pivotal year in NYC. There is a lot of potential for real change on the Streets of New York. There has been significant progression in making our streets more equitable and sustainable over the last year, but still many roadblocks remain.

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May 2, 2021

Green Careers May: Sustainable Transportation

It’s no secret that transportation is one of the largest hurdles when it comes to climate change. With over 25% of US emissions coming from transportation there are opportunities for private companies and public agencies alike. Come hear about sustainable careers in public transit, bike sharing, and electric vehicles!

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April 29, 2021

How Has NYC Transportation Changed Post COVID?

By Tamanna Mohapatra


The Hudson River Park Trust will be getting $5 million in state funding to build a two-block bicycle and pedestrian path along the West Side Highway.” “The Empire State Trail; a 750-mile network of space for bicyclists, hikers, runners, and others is now complete.” These recent headlines are seemingly good news, but we wanted to take a deeper look at the state of sustainable transportation in our city and ask the question: how has transportation changed post COVID?

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April 4, 2021

Green Tours – Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center (JBENC)

Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center (JBENC)

We are excited to offer a virtual tour of the Net Zero Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center (JBENC). The JBENC, located at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY is the first interactive education center within the New York State Parks system. This unique environmental education center specifically addresses the role of human energy consumption in shaping the natural landscape.


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April 3, 2021

Monthly Forum: How Has COVID-19 Impacted Energy Use?

When COVID-19 hit, the virus not only infected bodies, but also homes. Our kitchens, bedrooms, even bathrooms became office spaces as people had to suddenly cram both work and leisure into the same place. This change drastically altered the distribution of energy usage across the city (and the world) as office buildings emptied and people were confined to their homes.

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March 31, 2021

Getting Back Out: A City Dweller’s COVID Reflection on Nature in Place

By Pamela Berns

In the lushness and vastness of the Western wilderness, the city dweller’s daily fight for blades of grass, open skies, and majestic mountains feels more like a calling than a battle. The city, with its tall buildings slicing the sky into slivers, darkening the streets long before sunset, can overwhelm with cynicism. Energy efficiency, walkable streets, LEED Platinum skyscrapers. The goal is clear, to save our planet. But out there in hopeful hills and valleys, where billions of stars blanket the night sky, you can actually see what it is you are saving. 

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The Real Facts of Food Waste

By Tamanna Mohapatra

The Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said; “Facts are to the mind what food is to the body”. Essential. Let us, therefore, begin with some essential facts.  Beware, these facts may kill your appetite. 

Worldwide, up to 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year, almost 1/3rd of the 3 billion produced. This is edible food that goes uneaten, primarily driven by actions and decisions made by retailers, food service providers, and consumers. 

The figure for the USA is 80 billion pounds/year which translates to roughly 36 million tons/year, making it the food waste leader in North America. An individual citizen’s share of that is about 400 pounds/year, a little over a pound a day. 

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February 26, 2021

Diversity: The Cornerstone of a New Green Economy

By Salmata Kaba   WOMEN and BIPOC people have long faced the constant task of creating space for themselves within a greater entity. As the world begins to take more aggressive action to address the dire need for sustainability, it’s also becoming increasingly apparent that diversity will play a critical role in tackling this imperative. We can no longer create sustainable pockets that only benefit affluent communities. If we genuinely want to see the benefits of our sustainability efforts, we need to include more diverse voices, ideas, and beneficiaries into the working model. (more…)

WELL Buildings Pave the Way to a Post-COVID Built Environment

By Tamanna Mohapatra  

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes

At what cost are we willing to work in buildings that don’t prioritize our well-being?  This may well be a question we no longer need to worry about. This past January, we got some good  news about the launch of IWBI’s new Health Safety-Seal that could improve health and safety in your neighborhood as soon as this year. Your bakery, your office and your childcare center (even your local nail parlor!) could decide to pursue the WELL Health Safety rating.  (more…)