Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and sizes. It's in cities and suburbs, and it encompasses everything from soil-based community gardens, to warehouses full of hydroponics, to rooftops farms supplying greens to the restaurants below. Inclusivity in urban agriculture will help our food system grow into a healthier and stronger system for all.
Oko Farms is New York City's largest outdoor aquaponics farm. Co-founded and managed by Yemi Amu, they raise freshwater fish and a variety of vegetables and herbs on a formerly unused lot in the heart of Brooklyn.
On May 10, thousands of New Yorkers will feast on food that would have ordinarily ended up in a landfill. Join GRACE and a host of other partners in fighting food waste with a delicious celebration.
While on a morning walk, Patti and Doug Wood came up with the idea for a farmers' market in their hometown of Port Washington, situated on the north shore of Long Island. And not just any farmers' market! The market they eventually created is 100 percent organic - the only all-organic farmers' market in New York State.
Like parents reviewing their kids' report cards, politicians pay attention to grades. The Long Island Sound report card "makes it clear that while progress has been made to improve the water quality of the Sound, more must be done to preserve this economic engine and local treasure's waters and coastline," says New York Congressman Steve Israel.
An art display in Northern Manhattan is drawing attention to some of the 314 bird species threatened by climate change. A look at the causes of bird deaths illustrates that climate change (and by extension, fossil fuels) has become a major threat to birds, after cats and power lines.
Artist Mary Jordan uses New York City's iconic water tanks to educate people about water. She's wrapping them with artwork from well-known artists to draw attention to how important and vital water is to us, even in a city surrounded by water.
On May 19th, students from James Madison High School presented their sustainable design projects at the Union Square Green Energy Fair, sponsored by GrowNYC and ConEdison. We talked with their teacher Maggie Belizaire and Environmental Education Coordinator Mike Zamm about the students and their visions for a sustainable future.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, persuasive advocate for clean energy than Gordian Raacke, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI) - and solar homeowner. He's long been a nationally-known leader in clean energy and climate change issues.
Dark Water, a new play now on stage in New York City, tells the story of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the eyes of the animals. The play holds a mirror up to human behavior and asks, "What kind of a future do we want?" Right now it's looking like one filled with environmental disasters.
The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!
Before you hit the beach, check its status! Storms, sewage leaks and other events can result in dangerous debris or pathogens, which could spoil your day in the sun.
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.
Funding cuts to a joint NYC DEP and USGS water data collection program could make it difficult for managers and planners to fully assess groundwater and water conditions throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island.
With half of all Americans living near the ocean, Hurricane Sandy provided a wake-up call for state and municipal authorities in coastal areas nationwide. Six months after the great storm hit the East Coast, it's worth revisiting key points for planners as we continue to rebuild amidst a changing climate.