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Edible Schoolyard Planned in Brooklyn

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School adds weeding to reading and writing.

Would our kids forego preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup if they were given the necessary tools to appreciate the alternative? Could they be taught to care about the future of the planet? Judging by chef Alice Waters’ success, the answers are yes and yes. As Founder of Edible Schoolyard, Waters runs the program in Berkeley, California that educates middle school students in an......read more

Nightwood

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Reincarnated furniture, textile, and home.

Nightwood is a Brooklyn-based design studio focusing on its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owners Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron seek out sustainable fabrics and discarded wood and furniture then deconstruct and recontextualize it into their line of modern-rustic home furnishings. Nadia explained their approach in the New York Times: “We’re making furniture for people......read more

Habana Outpost

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A Brooklyn eco eatery cranks up its green design game.

Sean Meenan's Habana Outpost in Brooklyn is pushing the eco restaurant game to new heights. The eatery is part of Meenan's stellar, Caribbean-influenced Cafe Habana enterprise, which includes the original location in Manhattan's East Village and a new one in Malibu, Calif., opened earlier this year. Over at Inhabitat, Bridgette Meinhold gives a nice rundown of all the green......read more

Green Development Hampered by Nimbyism

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Eco projects face opposition in progressive hotspots from Brooklyn to Berkeley.

If we were asked to name the top two strongholds of eco-consciousness in America, we'd probably say Brooklyn on the east coast and Berkeley on the west. Hell, we even gave Brooklyn it's own web series. But not everyone in these liberal bastions is down for the greater environmental good. When it comes to green development, self interest runs rampant. In Park Slope, Brooklyn, a new bike lane......read more

Plants Conquer Vacant Lots

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596 Acres aims to transform unused public space, in Brooklyn and beyond

In Brooklyn alone, there are 596 acres of vacant land just sitting there gathering garbage and gravel. Imagine if that was all green space, growing plants for food and providing parks for BK denizens. That's precisely the vision of 596 Acres, a public project which encourages people to connect with empty lots in the city. The group's actions range from guerrilla seed bombing to pushing for......read more

Tom Fruin's Kaleidoscopic Watertower Lights Up Brooklyn

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Striking sculptural installation made from 1,000 pieces of reclaimed Plexiglas

Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin has unveiled his latest structural installation, Watertower, a stunning multicolored water tower made from 1,000 pieces of salvaged Plexiglas. The work adorns a historic watertower that sits atop of Fruin’s Jay Street studio in Brooklyn's DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. This is Fruin's fourth architectural Plexiglas-and-steel project......read more

Brooklyn Grange Celebrates First Rooftop Harvest

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Take a first look at the massive, 43,000 square-foot farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Grange, the rooftop farming operation that launched in Long Island City a couple years ago, celebrated its first harvest at its new site, a 43,000 square-foot rooftop farm in Brooklyn -- now the largest such farm in NYC.   Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the rooftop farm was financed in part by a $592,730 grant from the DEP's Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Mayor......read more

William Miller: Gowanus Canal

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NYC photographer finds abstract beauty in the polluted Brooklyn waterway

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal carries the unwelcome distinction of being one of America's most polluted waterways. To gaze into it is to witness more than a century of unfettered industrial abuse, with all of the coal tar, oil slicks, and garbage you might expect. So it's not exactly the most photogenic landscape in New York. But local photographer William Miller has a knack for finding beauty in......read more

Sustainable Seafood Comes to Brooklyn

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Transparency is the name of the game at an upstart fish market in Greenpoint

Inae Oh for the Huffington Post: Though studies have continuously shed light on the dangers of overfishing and its potentially disastrous consequences for marine ecosystems around the world, the challenge of finding sustainable, responsibly procured seafood remains persistent. The problem is particularly pronounced in New York City, where independent fishmongers have been rapidly pushed out by......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-18-11

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Greenland's shrinking, Brooklyn's getting bike sharing, Rush Limbaugh is still an asshole, and more.

Plant Plastic: Drinking soda is bad for you, yes, but petroleum-based plastic bottles bad for everyone. In 2012, Pepsi will drop the world's first fossil fuel-free plastic bottle, made from 100% plant-based materials like switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Bike Share, Yo: Inhabitat reports that Brooklyn will join Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis as the first cities in the......read more

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