Archive | December, 2009

New York Butchers Bring Pasture-Raised Meat Closer to Home

As a child in a breezy Sicilian cliff-side village, I had a room with an unforgettable view. My balcony window framed layers upon layers of flowing countryside hills. Staring out at the terrain, I previewed the mandarin oranges, prickly pears, olives and tomatoes that we later used as ingredients in our meals. That view would [...] [...more]

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Graffiti, Manure and Environmental Justice: Making the Case for Community Court

  It is nearly freezing out, but Robert Johnson and Bill Adelman are sweeping Times Square clean one block at a time. They’re here as part of punishment handed down by the Midtown Community Court, and aside from their electric-blue court-issued vests, the two have little in common. “I shoplifted, I tried to take 11 pairs of [...] [...more]

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Green Jobs Sprout, But Critics Question Their Sustainability

Boosted by federal stimulus dollars, reinforced by state job training measures and local green building laws, weatherization and similar so-called “green jobs” are beginning to pulse to the economy like never before. Some question whether green jobs are a permanent new source of employment or a temporary boost that will fade away with stimulus spending. [...more]

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Documentary filmmakers are hungry for change

Byline: Melissa Muller Seven new documentaries about the sustainable food movement were previewed last night at the “Hungry Filmmakers” festival, a showcase for the burgeoning crop of films on farming. The recurring theme in all of them: no farms, no food, no future. One documentary, “What is Organic About Organic?” directed and produced by Shelly Rogers, was highlighted at [...] [...more]

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Greening the Big Apple

Now in his seventh year as the chairman of the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee, Councilman James Gennaro has become an outspoken champion of some of New York’s most important environmental initiatives. He hasn't always succeeded, but a competitive spirit has helped him overcome numerous obstacles in life and in politics. [...more]

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Reinstating the Pigeon’s Good Name

Carla Gould, a student at New York University, is hard at work on disproving the belief that pigeons pigeons are pests and a public nuisance. As a first task, she's writing a handbook extolling the many virtues of pigeon excrement. [...more]

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Fighting for 9/11 Environmental Justice

Eight years after 9/11, Kimberly Flynn remains at the front of an environmental justice movement facing dwindling funds and shrinking ranks. She won't rest until Congress and the President "take responsibility for this continuing public health disaster." [...more]

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Big Ideas, Many Challenges at NYC Model School for Green Jobs

In a classroom decorated with student posters on deforestation and global warming, a group of 9th grade students are debating a law that would ban fast food chains from within two blocks of a school. Most of them balk at the idea of being kept from the choice teenage fare, but one student raises [...] [...more]

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Proposed Sanitation Garage Facing Opposition from Community

Canal Park, one of New York’s oldest, stands as a triumph for the Hudson Square residents. Taken apart in the 1920’s to build the Holland Tunnel, the park was restored four years ago to look very similar to the 1888 design by Vaux and Parsons, the designers of Central Park. However, with the city’s plan [...] [...more]

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Green Cathedrals: The Spiritual Side of Horticulture

Equipped with a pair of garden scissors and gloves, Susan Sipos does not leave anything to chance. She organizes the volunteers at the Jefferson Market Garden with grace and precision, cueing them masterfully to rake leaves, trim branches and plant bulbs so that a careful arrangement of colors, scents and textures will delight visitors. [...more]

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