September 16, 2010

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

One of the first steps to green construction and a greener lifestyle is finding ways to lower consumption through reusing materials, recycling goods, and reducing needs.   Not only does it help provide a source for new creations but it diverts resources from the landfill.  At The NEW New  York, we have a number of vendors showcasing businesses that can help you do just that.  Check them out. Wearable Collections Can you believe that millions of pounds each year get tossed out of our closets?  About 6% of our waste stream. Wearable Collections provides a no cost, turn-key solution to recycling clothing within residential buildings in NYC. We handle all the logistics from placement of bins and promotion within the buildings to scheduling weekly pick-ups.  Bring your clothes! Recycle them at the Block Party! Lower East Side Ecology Center E-Waste PICKUP for FREE! The Lower East Side Ecology Center is bringing their E-waste community based program that allows residents to dispose of unwanted or broken electronics in an environmentally responsible way.   They will be accepting computers, monitors and peripherals (printers, keyboards and mice) as well as TV’s and cell phones. For more information on what the collection will accept please visit their site here. Bring your bring unwanted electronics to our e-waste collection! Build it Green! NYC Build It Green! NYC, is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Their warehouse has everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators and shutters to movie props. Build It Green is keeping materials out of the landfill, and offering deep discounts on their resale.  If you haven’t visited their warehouse in Long Island City, no fear, see them at the Block Party and learn more. Recycle-A-Bicycle Recycle-A-Bicycle is a community-based bike shop and non-profit organization that provides educational/job training programs and encourages environmental stewardship and everyday bicycle use. On average, RAB salvages 1,200 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 36,000 pounds of waste from NYC’s landfills. Bring you unwanted bikes! Recycle-A-Bicycle will be accepting bike donations for their education classes, and job training programs.

September 11, 2010

Welcome! to the New New York

Welcome! the NEW New York has launched!  A year in the making and dozens of great minds coming together to make a truly green, very exciting day of activity and fun.  Over 40 vendors will be present, dozens of tours, demonstrations, and even a green house boat on the Gowanus.  We have worked hard to bring you a taste of how New York can be a greener place, who you can turn to, and where you can find it.  We hope that you are inspired to do your own green projects in your home, condo, coop or house boat!  Follow our blog right here, in the upcoming weeks to find out details on vendors and what they are doing, saying and thinking about greening New York. We are still looking to fill some volunteer spots.  Please see this link if you are interested in helping us out for a few hours – a free organic t-shirt for your efforts. Sign up. JOIN US Satuday October 2nd.  10AM – 6PM, Third Street between Bond/Hoyt, Carroll Gardens. We look forward to seeing  you there, Gita Nandan + Alison Novak, co-chairs, The NEW New York Steering Commitee New York Steering Committee