September 29, 2010

Mind In the Gutter

Minds in the Gutter, literally. Join Kate Zidar, Coordinator of the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition, who will do a Chalk Talk at 1pm.  Meet at the S.W.I.M booth where she will frame where Third Street is in terms of the bigger drainage picture and discuss how the features of the street and sidewalk relate to the sewers below. As a group, we will do a “chalk talk”-style quick draw of the opportunities to manage stormwater right there in our midst. Then, participants will be invited to team up with a clipboard and create a more detailed Green Infrastructure drawing for display and discussion!

Water Water Water!! The DEP Water-on-the-Go Fountain

BRING YOUR WATER BOTTLE!! Free water will be provided throughout the day, thanks to the DEP, who will be installing their Water-on-the-Go Fountain. Located in the center of the event, near the Future Studios Green Roof yard, and near the food vendors, these drinking fountains will help keep everyone hydrated, healthy and happy.  Enjoy NYC’s own very clean tap water, just make sure to bring your own vessel. check out their facebook page. The Water-on-the-Go Fountain is one way that The NEW New York is able to maintain our sustainable goals, and be a zero-plastic, zero-waste event.

September 28, 2010

Street Tree Pruning and Maintenance Demonstration with TreesNY.

A Million Trees to Plant AND MAINTAIN. NYC’s Million Trees is a PLANYC initiative in partnership with NYC Parks and New York Restoration Project, helping New Yorkers plant a million trees in New York across the five boroughs, over the next decade.  But this ambitious project requires not only planting but also maintenance and stewardship of  our growing urban forest.  Come learn more about how, when, and why to prune, water, and care for our street trees with tree expert, Sam Bishop, of Trees New York.  TreesNY is an environmental and urban forestry nonprofit organization whose mission is to plant, preserve and protect New York City’s urban forest through education, active citizen participation and advocacy. Sam Bishop will be doing a tree pruning demonstration and talkat 2.30pm.  Join him at the corner of Third Street and Hoyt, southwest corner.  First come first serve. and check out their great video, get a glimpse of Sam Bishop at work.

September 27, 2010

Energy Audit Tours with Matt Brown of Life Cycle Solutions

Join Matt Brown, of Life Cycle Solutions for an Energy Audit Tour in the neighborhood.  Get the inside scoop on why energy audits are important, useful, and can reduce your bills.   The energy audit tour will take you around the common areas of a typical co-op and a sampling of apartments in the building.  You will learn how to examine the boiler room, hallways/stairways, entrances/exits, and the rooftop for energy efficiency – Matt will explain the major building systems that either directly use energy, or indirectly cause the use of energy, such as heating systems, domestic hot water, building envelope, lighting, water fixtures, and appliances.  We’ll be looking at the existing equipment, see how the different systems work together, and try to find ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency. SIGN UP – tours are at 11am and 12.30pm, and cost $15 per person. Matt will provide a copy of his energy audit report to participants before hand so they can see what to expect when they go through the process. Check out Matt’s Video Action Clip in the blog below, explaining how easy it is to Tune Your Radiator!

Open House Green Buildings Tours

GreenHomeNYC hosts the NYC Green Buildings Open House on Saturday, October 2nd, for the For the 8th consecutive year! The NEW New York is complementing a day of Green Building Open Houses located throughout the five boroughs.  Guests can visit a variety of green buildings, accompanied by the owners, designers, and engineers who built them.  Since 2007 GreenHomeNYC’s tour has been organized as the New York City edition of the National Solar Tour due to our role as the New York City Chapter of NESEA. NESEA is a regional membership organization that promotes sustainable energy solutions by advancing a multi-disciplinary network of professionals, sustainable energy solutions for the built environment, and proven results in the field. Visit this link to see what open houses will be open in your neighborhood and around the city. The solar installation atop the Monti building generates more than the amount of electricity needed during the day and sells it back to the grid. During the weekends, the almost the full amount generated is sold back as most of the commercial tenants are not using their offices during that time!

September 26, 2010

Tour LEED-Gold Building, Sit in Sustainable Furniture

What does a LEED-Gold building look like? Are there windmills? Do you have to use a bicycle to generate electricity for your breakfast toast? As part of The NEW New York, the developer of Third + Bond, a 44-unit condominium anticipating LEED-Gold and EnergyStar certifications, will be offering tours. The project is just a few weeks short of final completion and includes two gorgeous model apartments decked out entirely in sustainable furnishings from Pratt Institute students, faculty and alumni.   Designed by Rogers Marvel Architects, Third + Bond is a modern adaptation of the traditional brownstone. You might have read about Third + Bond on the 145+ weeks its been a guest column on Brooklyn’s best real estate blog, Or you might have seen it highlighted in the New York Times, Metropolis, Interior Design, Yanko Design, New York 1, or even New Tang Dynasty TV!    Along with a discussion about what was done to make the building qualify for LEED-Gold and EnergyStar, Pratt students will be on hand to talk about their sustainable furnishings and what it means to think sustainably about furniture. From the cardboard dining room table chairs to the specially designed “Gowanus oyster” wallpaper, you gotta see it to believe it! There is a suggested $15 donation for the tour with all proceeds going to GreenHomeNYC. Hudson won’t turn away people who don’t pay but sure would like to help raise some money for the all-volunteer GreenHomeNYC. There is LIMITED SPACE for this event so check out our schedule page and sign up today!

September 25, 2010

DIY radiator tuning with Life Cycle Solutions

Check out these simple ways to make your radiator more efficient.

Life Cycle – DIY Radiator Tuning from greenhomehyc on Vimeo.

September 23, 2010

Tree Planting and Tree Give Away with NYRP

ALSO Happening on October 2nd, with our Friends over at the New York Restoration Project : New York City residents can attend a MillionTreesNYC Tree Giveaway and pick up their own free tree, which can be planted on private properties such as front and backyards, commercial properties, community gardens, and faith-based centers. This program is an excellent way to begin or continue greening your neighborhood! New York Restoration Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space. Check it Out!

September 21, 2010

Maiden Voyage of Jerko the Gowanus Canal Water Vacuum

One of our fantastic tours : Floating on one of New York’s most environmentally disturbed waterways and powered by vikings, ‘Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum’ is a salvaged houseboat that has been transformed into a laboratory and showspace for do-it-yourself sustainability projects. From its parabolic solar tea maker (created from broken mirrors and a dumpstered satellite dish) to its living machine (made out of pickle buckets, wetland plants and pvc), this rough and ready design collective marries do-it-yourself garage engineering with sustainable design principles. The crew of Jerko The Gowanus Water Vacuum will set out on a maiden voyage through New York’s most legendary canal. See the Schedule of Events to sign up for fascinating tour of this unique Brooklyn House Boat. 1:30pm: The fleet arrives/christening celebration 3-5pm: Jerko onboard tours, sign up. Where: 2nd St b/w Bond and the Canal

September 18, 2010

Kids Activities – Build a Solar Car, and More!!

All kids are welcome! Visit Solar One located near the middle of the Block Party who is hosting green kids activities.  There will be insect drawing for the young ones in the morning; seed bomb building for young teens and solar car construction and racing. Solar car building and racing is limited to 15 so make sure you sign up! See the Schedule of Events page for more information. Recycle-A-Bicycle will run crafting activities for kids on a drop-in basis. Making art out of old bicycle parts is a fun way to re-purpose the bits of “cannibalized” bikes that RAB can’t use for rebuilt bikes!