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North America's Greenest Cities Ranked

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San Francisco tops Green City Index, followed by Vancouver and NYC

We tend to look at environmental legislation through a national lens, and the view these days is depressing. With Capitol Hill stuck in political gridlock, national action on climate and energy is proving to be a practical impossibility. Luckily, U.S. cities aren't waiting for Congress to climb out of the mire. Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit......read more

Turning Wastewater into Energy

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NYC looks to the renewable energy potential of sewage treatment.

Processing sewage is a challenging and expensive endeavor, one that can contaminate the surrounding environment. NYT reports that New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is looking at ways to turn the costly and polluting process into one that creates energy and income. Naturally occuring algae at New York waste plants produce sludge and butanol that can be converted into a......read more

The End of the Line

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Stephen Mallon chronicles the repurposing of NYC subway cars.

Since 2000, the NYC Transit Authority has been dumping decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean, where they assume new lives as artificial reefs. In Next Stop Atlantic, photographer Stephen Mallon documents the process, uncovering the melancholy of the experience. As he says in his artist statement: “Seeing these massive mechanisms being tossed into the......read more

Reclaimed Sidewalks in NYC

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Sidewalks reincarnated as traffic medians.

Beneath the foot of NYC's Queensboro Bridge, a $75 million reworking of NYC's Queens Plaza includes what looks to be a creative solution to overcrowded graveyards. In fact, the chunks of concrete are not tombstones but sidewalks that were demolished during the course of construction, now acting as traffic medians. A collaboration between Tobiah Horton and WRT Design, the......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

SHFT Pops Up in NYC

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Our newest pop-up space opens in SoHo this week. Lots of brilliant stuff. New York, come through!

We're descending upon Manhattan this week for the latest incarnation of our pop-up series. Co-presented with pureDKNY, the store/gallery will showcase the latest and greatest in green design, alongside an art exhibition curated by Edie Kahula Pereira. The gallery cracks off tomorrow, Thursday, October 21st, with a private reception hosted by Adrian Grenier, Peter Glatzer, and Angela......read more

From the Farmbox

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Pics and notes from our NYC event with Wired.

So, I’m from Louisiana. And though I can’t be certain, I’m fairly sure that we Louisianians, categorically, are not known for eating a lot of beets. The same cannot be said for Russians, for whom beets……   Damn. I was about to say “are like potatoes to us." But that ain’t quite right. Russians heart their potatoes rather......read more

NYC Garbage Cube

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Artist Justin Gignac would like to thank you for littering.

The key to a successful business is good margins, the difference between what you buy stuff for and what you sell it for. So when what you're selling costs you nothing to buy, and it retails for $50 or $100, you're in good shape. Such is the case with Justin Gignac's New York City Garbage project, in which the artist/entrepreneur gathers trash found on the streets of Manhattan,......read more

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