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  • New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

    New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

    The data reveal that only a tiny fraction of buildings have green roofs, and most are in wealthy areas.

  • What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    A new study compares how 14 types of green infrastructure contribute to 22 potential benefits for urban communities.

  • Two Birds, One Stone: Green Roof Gardening in the City

    Two Birds, One Stone: Green Roof Gardening in the City

    Cutting carbon emissions and fostering healthier eating habits can go hand-in-hand.

  • The How and Why of Green Building

    The How and Why of Green Building

    Buildings account for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions and the U.N. Environment Programme projects that if we continue with business as usual in the building sector, these emissions will double by 2030. Fortunately, green building is on the rise around the world.

  • Just How Effective is Green Infrastructure?

    Just How Effective is Green Infrastructure?

    Over the next 18 years, New York City’s 2010 Green Infrastructure Plan will spend $2.4 billion on green infrastructure— green roofs, tree plantings, and increased vegetation— to combat coastal pollution. But how does green infrastructure work and how effective is it really?

  • New York Roofs: Brighter, Whiter, Cooler

    New York Roofs: Brighter, Whiter, Cooler

    The results are in for the first study to systematically measure the effects of the city’s fledgling effort to introduce more reflective rooftops in order to reduce cooling costs and the overall heat burden on the city.

  • Opening the Door to More Rooftop Farming?

    Opening the Door to More Rooftop Farming?

    The NYC Department of City Planning has proposed new zoning rules to make it easier to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency – including a provision on rooftop greenhouses.

  • In New York City: 5,000 Acres and a Mule?

    In New York City: 5,000 Acres and a Mule?

    It is no surprise that New York City holds one of the world’s densest agglomerations of people and infrastructure; but according to a new report, it is also hides a huge archipelago of potential farmland.

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  • New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

    New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

    The data reveal that only a tiny fraction of buildings have green roofs, and most are in wealthy areas.

  • What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

    A new study compares how 14 types of green infrastructure contribute to 22 potential benefits for urban communities.

  • Two Birds, One Stone: Green Roof Gardening in the City

    Two Birds, One Stone: Green Roof Gardening in the City

    Cutting carbon emissions and fostering healthier eating habits can go hand-in-hand.

  • The How and Why of Green Building

    The How and Why of Green Building

    Buildings account for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions and the U.N. Environment Programme projects that if we continue with business as usual in the building sector, these emissions will double by 2030. Fortunately, green building is on the rise around the world.

  • Just How Effective is Green Infrastructure?

    Just How Effective is Green Infrastructure?

    Over the next 18 years, New York City’s 2010 Green Infrastructure Plan will spend $2.4 billion on green infrastructure— green roofs, tree plantings, and increased vegetation— to combat coastal pollution. But how does green infrastructure work and how effective is it really?

  • New York Roofs: Brighter, Whiter, Cooler

    New York Roofs: Brighter, Whiter, Cooler

    The results are in for the first study to systematically measure the effects of the city’s fledgling effort to introduce more reflective rooftops in order to reduce cooling costs and the overall heat burden on the city.

  • Opening the Door to More Rooftop Farming?

    Opening the Door to More Rooftop Farming?

    The NYC Department of City Planning has proposed new zoning rules to make it easier to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency – including a provision on rooftop greenhouses.

  • In New York City: 5,000 Acres and a Mule?

    In New York City: 5,000 Acres and a Mule?

    It is no surprise that New York City holds one of the world’s densest agglomerations of people and infrastructure; but according to a new report, it is also hides a huge archipelago of potential farmland.