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February 2018

Gardening Workshop: Healthy Compost

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue
Staten Island, NY United States
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Learn several different methods to create and maintain a compost pile, which can serve as the foundation for healthy garden soil all year long. Please come prepared to touch dirt! Ages 7+.  

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The Future of Domestic Hot Water in NYC

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
GROHE, 160 Fifth Avenue (Entrance on W 21st street) New York, NY 10010
New York City, 10010 United States
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$15

As buildings in New York City become more reliant on renewable and stored energy, air source heat pump (ASHP) domestic hot water systems will likely become more prevalent in multifamily buildings over the coming decades. These systems have specific challenges, including: What are the technological barriers? Do any seem insurmountable? How well can new hot water equipment interface with existing piping and infrastructure? How does solar thermal fit in? Is there a future for combined thermal / PV panels in…

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Three Strikes: An Overview of our Quest for Sustainability

February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Consulate General of Hungary, 223 East 52nd Street
New York City, NY 10022 United States
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Free

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of Paul R. Ehrlich’s seminar book entitled “The population Bomb” and the 30th Anniversary of James Hansen historical testimony on climate change in the US Congress. Decades later, our quest for sustainability can be characterized by a growing frustration of scientists and activists with the lack of action to subvert environmental catastrophes and series of failed Malthusian prophecies undermining the public trust in the view of skeptics. One has to recognize that during these decades…

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The Right to Food in the US: A Conversation with Smita Narula

February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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$10

The Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative (FLI) is a collaboration between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the Natural Resources Defense Council. FLI is dedicated to increasing access to legal services for farmers and food entrepreneurs seeking to create a more just and sustainable food system. GrowNYC is a sustainability resource for New Yorkers, providing free tools and resources anyone can use to improve our city and environment. At this event, NRDC attorney and farmer Jennifer Grossman…

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Where Next on Climate? Energy Access, Development and Climate Change: Implications for Policy

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Faculty House, Columbia University

In a world struggling to respond adequately to the challenge of climate change, how should we think about the implications of efforts to alleviate poverty by facilitating energy development that enables economic opportunity – and what are the implications of success on climate change? A better understanding of the implications for climate change of energy access and of energy for further development can inform effective policy responses and investments in technology and R&D – which may be especially important in a…

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Circularity in the Built Environment

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Häfele America Co, 20 West 22nd Street, Suite 201 (2nd Floor)
New York, NY 10010 United States
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$5

Join us Thursday, February 8, 6:30-8:30pm, at Häfele Showroom in Manhattan for the Circular Economy Network's (CEN) 2018 kick-off event! We'll hear from three New York based thought leaders about their work in creating a more circular built environment: Catherine Bobenhausen, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Senior Consultant, Colden Corporation. Theme: The Circular Economy and Disclosure – Surprising Lessons from the Field Marc Gee, Principal at GLUCK+. Theme: Modular Building and How a Design-Build Approach Enables Innovation in the Built Environment Tiffany Broyles Yost, Energy,…

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Understanding Food with the Stone Barns Center

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU MakerSpace, 6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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$10

**The $10 fee is refundable upon attendance** Our “Understanding Food” Workshop investigates the problem of "gastro-anomy"—a state of normlessness that leaves us without guidance on how to eat. It seeks to place food back into the structures of meaning that help us to choose what we eat, while seeking to restore the health of the individual, community, and planet. The workshop will pair discussion with a cooking lab, using seasonal ingredients fresh from the Stone Barns Center for Food and…

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Highbridge Winter Walk with Expert Naturalist Mike Feller

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Highbridge Park, West 155 and Dyckman Streets, Edgecombe and Amsterdam Avenues
Manhattan, NY United States
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The winter woods are free of the clutter of spring and summer’s exuberant foliage revealing hidden features and dimensions of landscape and ecology. Bundle up, bring a hot beverage and explore signs of invasive species and their effects on the Highbridge Park landscape, and wildlife’s winter adaptations.  Please note: Space is limited. RSVP is required; please email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org to register. This program is supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust. Image source: Brooke Watson

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Affordability as Infrastructure

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enterprise Community Partners, 1 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor
NYC, 10004
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Free

New York is a city of renters; most residents rent their homes, small business owners lease their storefronts, and artists share and sublet studio spaces. Affordable lease terms lay the groundwork for the cultural vibrancy of city life, yet skyrocketing property values, excessive rent hikes and deteriorating building stock are eroding this essential infrastructure. Is it possible to balance growth without displacement? Join Scott Anderson, Betsy MacLean, Sam Marks, Gregory Schiefelbein, and Barika Williams to debate how to maintain and expand affordable housing in New York…

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Beyond Green Growth: Policymaking under Planetary Boundaries for the Transformations Towards Sustainable Development

February 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 295 LaFayette Street
New York, NY 10012 United States
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Free

In 2015, the United Nations announced a document known as ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, which is built around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Agenda stresses the need to change our development path. Indeed, the existing development models do not fit this new agenda, and several alternatives have been proposed. Among those, the discourse of “green growth” has gained ground in governance deliberations and policy proposals. It is presented as a fresh and innovative agenda…

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