April 28, 2017Have you ever considered how a flower functions? It lives off the resources available to it, using the sun, water and soil in its immediate surroundings to thrive. It also provides a service to its surrounding environment, in the way of food, shelter and aesthetic beauty. This is what a building following the Living Building Challenge® certification is designed to emulate. Living Building Challenge (LBC) was created by the Cascadia Green Building Council in 2006. It was born from the concept that a building should not only be energy efficient, but also have a positive impact on its residents and the community. Buildings that take on the Challenge go above and beyond typical high performance buildings. The aim of LBC is to reduce the energy and water footprint of a building down to the amount it can produce on site. In addition, LBC asks buildings to connect residents and communities with healthy, beautiful and renewing environments. These are very tall orders! (more…)
March 9, 2015EXPLORE an AQUAPONICS FARM IN THE HEART OF BROOKLYN Join us on Saturday, March 28th for a tour of Oko Farms – an aquaculture and education company in Brooklyn! Through the process of aquaponics, Oko Farms raises freshwater fish along with a variety of vegetables and fruits to provide a model for sustainable urban food production. Aquaponics ecosystem water is continuously recycled leading to significantly less water use than traditional agriculture and commercial aquaculture. Guests will be treated to a hands-on demonstration of the innovative practice of nutrient cycling. Date: Saturday, March 28th 2015 Time: 12PM – 1:30PM (Lunch after the tour TBD) Location: 104 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Cost: $10 with a GreenHomeNYC donation or $5 without a donation. Please note the following: • Visitors should bring water and sun protection such as hats, sunscreen, a long sleeved shirt, and/or anything else personally needed to maintain hydration and protection from the sun, cold, or rain. • All visitors are expected to sign the farm’s Photo Release form. If you are 21 and under, we will email you the form before the day of the event, so that you can secure a signature of your parent/guardian. • Bring a water bottle – water is readily available. • Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, bring gardening gloves, and a hat. • Dress in comfortable, outdoor clothing and plan on getting a bit wet and dirty. • This is a hands-on, working farm experience. You will have a fun and inspiring time! Learn more at
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