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  • Art & Sustainability

    by greenspacewriter 09/13/2014

    As many of us know, the Brundtland Report defines sustainable development as “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” When one thinks of sustainability, in the general sense and in terms of sustainable development, art is typically not the first thought in mind. However, in discussing sustainable communities, art can play a huge role and should be viewed as key in future efforts. Why? In a nutshell, art can empower communities and deliver a sense of ownership of one’s place. That is exactly the sort of concrete effort that can help develop social and economic resiliency.

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  • Raising GreenspaceNYC 2: 2014 Fundraiser and Concert

    by greenspacewriter 07/11/2014

    To join our growth and our fun, mark your calendars for July 25th! HI-NY has an amazing outdoor space on the Upper West Side that we are filling with great music, food, hands-on activities and speakers on sustainability.

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  • Food and Geography

    by greenspacewriter 06/12/2014

    Food geography is a complicated subject. It fills my life three times per day—-probably more because I’m constantly snacking. Food fills me with joy, worry, and constant confusion. Sharing and eating food is one of my favorite aspects of placemaking or what makes a place great to live.

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  • Go Green at Our Food Forum and Potluck

    by greenspacewriter 06/01/2014

    GreenspaceNYC’s invites you to “go green” at our Spring Health Food (SHELF) Forum and Potluck! It’s almost that time of year where we are thinking about working off a few pounds or dieting to look good at the beach.  The SHELF Forum is an event where we will discuss the impact the food we eat has on our health and planet. The first forum discussion will be a lecture and discussion about foodprints, the resource consumption of different food staples and diets.  Several other speakers will join us to discuss seasonality, local purchasing, diet/nutrition, and urban farming. (Fun Fact: Hack Manhattan is home to a small rooftop farm and urban garden.)

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  • It’s Back! Second Life Remix 2

    by greenspacewriter 02/27/2014

    It’s back! Second Life Remix 2

    Last year GreenspaceNYC had a great time hosting Second Life Remix, an eco-crafting and upcycling competition. For 2014 we’re bringing Second Life Remix back for another evening of hands-on reuse activity and discussion. This year’s theme is upcyled and recycled fashion. Participants are presented with this challenge: Create a garment from the materials we supply through our material sponsorship Material for the Arts or bring some discarded, forgotten items of your own and upycle these materials into a cutting edge piece of clothing or an accessory—like a bag or a piece of jewelry. Participants will work individually during out “Project Runway” inspired competition. The night will conclude in a grassroots version of a catwalk and urban fashionistas, crafters, and clever engineers will have the opportunity to display their creations for prizes! Spectators welcome. Participation encouraged!

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  • Mass Amateurism or the Polymath Revival

    by greenspacewriter 12/26/2013

    Nowadays, there is grassroots creativity all over the place. Or perhaps these terms have come into our mainstream dialogue. When it’s more than a hobby and less than a profession, what exactly is it? I suppose the longer you study something, the more likely you are to become a specialist. I’ve met Detroit residents who have lived, worked, and fought for their midtown and uptown neighborhoods for decades. Local organizations call these residents local “historians”. Many bloggers are considered journalists. And many writers, dabbling in the craft, well—they become accomplished novelists. And some of the finest environmental activists and sustainability geeks assumed this identity because they care about the environment and are always seeking new ways they can get involved in their communities.

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  • Courtney Selstad: On Vadis Turner, Material for the Arts, and Sustainability

    by greenspacewriter 11/27/2013

    CS: I am a predominantly right-brained person. I am a maker not a scientist or an engineer. As such, I sometimes have a difficult time finding my voice in the world of sustainability. Recently I’ve been on a quest to increase my knowledge of the waste management system, possibly even pursue a graduate degree in the subject. My aim is to apply my background in government relations, advocacy and administration to the field of waste management, but all the materials I found are structured towards engineering and environmental science.

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  • Strategies for Flooding Awareness

    by greenspacewriter 11/02/2013

    Guest post by Dan Bourbeau

    As the sea level rises, it will be affecting a large percentage of the world population. As the ocean gets warmer the sea level rises. And as the sea temperature gets warmer, the volume of water becomes larger. In the years to come, storms and flooding could overtake larger and larger parts of coastal communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has expanded the flood zone maps of much of New York City to reflect this new reality. What do we do about this?

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  • Sponsoring Social Good

    by greenspacewriter 10/05/2013

    Long-time GREENSPACENYC co-organizer, graphic designer, and student of urban studies, Jeff Kasper, recently received the prestigious Josh and Judy Weston Scholarship in Public Service to support his work (developing arts-based public and educational programming) with non-profit and volunteer-led organizations.

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  • 555 Hudson St. Former residence of author and activist Jane Jacobs

    by greenspacewriter 09/01/2013

    By Jeff Kasper, CUNY scholar and GreenspaceNYC organizer

    555 Hudson Street is the former residence of author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). Jacobs is most known for her first groundbreaking book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), which opposed the widely accepted urban planning practices of slum clearance and urban renewal. Jacobs is famous for her advocacy of community-based planning and organizing, and is praised for her successful opposition of Robert Moses and his plans to tear down parts of Greenwich Village to make room for the Lower Manhattan Crosstown Expressway.

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