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    US Green Builders Praise and Celebrate

    What do you get when you mix green engineers, architects, and contractors with alcohol, awards, and a massive Samba band? Building-savants dancing the Brazilian tango and a fantastically good time. Image by Christopher Auger-Domínguez, Studio 4b. Saturday night, I attended the USGBC’s (United States Green Building Council) first annual LEEDers…

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    Step It Up 2007 and Sea of People

    Feeling like you just can’t curb your carbon emissions much more, and wondering what else YOU can do about global warming? The next step is getting the government on the bandwagon, and Step It Up 2007 is doing just that, through public action: This April 14th, tens of thousands of…

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    Where will your city be?

    From Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth; what Manhattan would look like… Despite skepticism and all the video “proof” and GW cover ups, I’m still an avid believer in the fact that global warming is going to screw us all over in a short period of time. It’s finally hitting the…

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    Can You Go No Impact?

    Image by Nicole Bengiveno for the NYTimes Fascinating article in the NYTimes about a family in Manhattan who is practicing a “No Impact” (on the Earth) lifestyle. Of course, his family were uberconsumers to begin with, and now they’re going cold turkey: Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical nonfiction,…

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    How Do I Love My Country? Let Me Count the Dead

    “No More Broken Hearts” rally in Manhattan Beach, California Each red heart represents an American soldier killed in Iraq. Just as Manhattan Beach Toyota was advertising its three-day “Heart Stoppin’ Sale” in honor of Valentine’s Day, community members marked the upcoming holiday in a different way. Approximately five hundred people…

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    vedaPURE

    Dr. Natalie Geary, a Manhattan pediatrician, developed a line of natural products for people who want to avoid many substances in current body products such as parabens, artificial fragrance, petroleum, animal ingredients, steroids, preservatives, and artificial colorings. Originally motivated by parents who were looking for healthier alternatives to Vaseline or…

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    Hug Your Local Eco Blogger

    Recently I’ve been noticing a lot of great new environmentally-oriented blogs popping up that are local in focus, a trend that I think is really important for creating change. It’s all fine and good to know what’s going on in the world, but just as we’ve all learned about supporting…

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    Flor for Your Floor

    I have the world’s smallest bathroom considering I don’t live on the island of Manhattan, so I recently swapped out an extremely ugly (faux blue marble patterned plastic, need I say more?) sink cabinet for a vintage pedestal sink that was left in my basement by the previous owners. I’m…

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    LES Now Renamed Lower Eco Side

    I have been foraying around the LES (lower east side) of Manhattan of late, and have I found a bevy of eco fabulousness! First up, Kaight, which I thought I found first, but Treehugger’s Celine was there just a couple days before me. And then I saw that Jill over…