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Brooklyn Informed: Big Sue

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Susan Boyle drops knowledge on the green building game.

Brooklyn's Big Sue, LLC is a veteran of New York City's sustainable building scene. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we talk to Big Sue partner Susan Boyle about one of the company's cooler projects: a Prospect Heights brewery icehouse they bought in 2004 and converted into a six-unit residential building. The structure is an excellent portrait of sustainable construction, with two green......read more

The Big SHFT: David Hertz, Repurposed

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Sustainability is second nature to one of California's most innovative architects

David Hertz is widely recognized as one of green design's leading innovators. At the Studio of Environmental Architecture, the LA-based design firm he founded, Hertz focuses primarily on custom residential projects with particular experience in climate responsive, environmentally sustainable homes. He is perhaps best known for the seminal Wing House, an imaginative Malibu residence constructed......read more

This Is Our Moment

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Celeb-packed PSA for NRDC Action Fund urging voters to act now in support of clean energy bill.

It's Not Easy Being Green

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Don't we know it, Kermit.

Like the "indian" in the Keep America Beautiful campaign, Kermit singing his song was an iconic momentfrom '70s culture. It had a cheesey balad feel that was common at the time for variety TV shows like Sonny & Cher or the Andy Williams show, where a musical guest would be bathed in light in an otherwise dark set and soft focus layered shots would gluide in and out while they......read more

Alter Eco: Entourage Goes Green

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The HBO series cleans up its act with a little help from the SHFT founders.

In this episode of ALTER ECO, Adrian Grenier gets a better understanding of Entourage's environmental footprint and implements a few changes to the set....read more

Human Error

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Beetroot Design Group's interpretation of a planet in peril.

Wind power may be clean, green, and renewable, but it doesn't come without it's problems. Turbines are noisy as hell and they pose serious risks to flying wildlife and sensitive shoreline habitats. So Cornell University engineers have responded with a brainy new way of drawing electricity from moving air. The prototype technology, called Vibro-Wind, involves oscillating wind pads that......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Rockaway Taco

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Rockaway Taco anchors a growing green community at the end of the A train.

In the summer, surfers and sun-seekers descend on Rockaway, Queens to enjoy the best waves and beaches NYC has to offer. Opened two years ago, Rockaway Taco gives New Yorkers another reason to ride the A train to the end of the line. In this episode of BK Informed, we talk sustainability with Andrew Field, who explains Rockaway's Beach 96 movement — the name given to the growing green......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Peter's Secret Garden

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Home is where the health is.

Food doesn't get any more local than when you can plant, pick, cook, and eat it all within a space of about five feet. That's the exactly the situation that building manager Peter Malerba finds himself in. The longtime Brooklyn resident takes advantage of having open access to a vast rooftop by growing a variety of organic delights every summer. But like a good Brooklynite, Malerba......read more

Eat LACMA: Orange Trees

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In the first installation of SHFT's Eat LACMA series, Fallen Fruit gifts mandarin orange trees to spread a community of food and culture.

A collaboration between LACMA and Fallen Fruit, Eat LACMA is a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics. The idea of the project is to promote a greater sense of community and culture by re-invigorating the relationship between people and food. It also seeks to highlight the idea of sustainability and bring it to the widest group of people possible. We showed up with cameras......read more

Eat LACMA: Tomato Hootenanny

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Eat LACMA hosts a folk music jam celebrating growing food.

In the second installment in our series on Eat LACMA — Fallen Fruit and LACMA's a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics — Fallen Fruit throws a hootenanny centered around activities ranging from folk-music and square dancing to a salsa cook-off. During the event, participants experience and celebrate collective sustainability....read more

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