Whole Foods site at Third Ave & Third Street here in Gowanus, Brooklyn, has been called the ‘the greenest grocery store in America’. But is it really? Can they make this claim?
Aden Hakimi produced this video, which highlights what Whole Foods really has going on, when it comes to being green…
Ok, so clean up crews will soon be cleaning the dirty waters of Gowanus Canal with the EPA’s Superfund plan. (Which you can totally see the details of here.) The clean up for the EPA involves capping the Canal and ‘dealing’ with the combined sewage overflow system that dumps pooh into the Canal. Both of these issues are totally super important, but these are just the beginning of clean up for the beloved stinky Canal. What needs to come next is continuos filtration of the water. We are sure there are many ideas out there, but we thought we’d suggest a random cool one anyways.
Featured in the image below are what’s called Floating Treatment Wetland…
Floating Treatment Wetlands make this:
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Imagine having a piece of a Apollo 11 command module, pooh from a dinosaur, or even a piece of the oldest matter ever collected! You can, and it can all fit in the palm of your hand with a Mini Museum. This is an epic collection in a small little space, which will make your friends so jealous and you so freaking cool. Check out the nerdasticness…
Billions of years of life, science and history in the palm of your hand!
Department of Environmental Protection is offer $6 million dollars in grants for Green Projects to community groups Non-Profits, and Property Owners. That’s a whole lot of green to make a whole lot of green!
Over the past 3 years the DEP has offer $11 million in grants to fund various green projects. You might be familiar with a few like: ’43,400 square foot green roof at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the nation’s first blue/green roof combinations at The Osborne Association in the Bronx, a green roof at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in Manhattan, permeable pavers and rain gardens at Queens College, a New York Restoration Project community garden in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, and a green roof at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn.’
DEP wants to continuing greening the hell out of the big apple and, for the first time ever, offers not one, but two times during a single year for groups to submit applications. These application dates are:
get more from wNYC here.
One needs lot and lots of protection from Germs in Gowanus and all over this sneezy City. Good thing someone invented the “Scough“, a stylish scarf that helps protect against both germs and pollution!
You can grab your own “Scough” here!
Bonus Your Face Off
One of the founders of Scough, Andrew Kessler, is no stranger to innovative ideas. He actually opened a book store that only sold one book (his own as a matter of fact). Check out his shannagans in our old post: One Book for an Entire Bookstore…truly Martian
Aside from some evil world dominating plan, how would you spend $1,000,000.00?
Well, both City Council Member Brad Landers for the 39th District and City Council Member Stephen Levin of the 33rd District want to know. And you can totally tell them by casting your vote on your favorite idea in the Participatory Budget!
Wait, what the hell are Participatory Budgeting Projects? Well…
Basically it’s a way for local communities to choose how they’d like to spend money for projects in their neighborhoods. It’s freakin’ brillant. There a many proposal out there, from parks to school bathroom renovations, to planting trees, to solar panels… It all depends on which district you live in.
To check our what specific great ideas are up, head on over to the Participatory Budget Expo on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Camp Friendship (339 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215). Or you can just swing over to this site and click on your district! A Sim City like map will come up and show all the cool ideas and where they’re located.
Once you know what you want to spend the $1 million on, you can cast your vote from on April 5, 2014 and April 6, 2014 (early voting April 1).
Go on with your kickass self and check out the expo and rock the vote!
Jessica Philipps explores the historic and environmental impact of the Gowanus Canal in her new film “Gowanus”. Check out the trailer…
The Lightstone Group’s piledrivers have made their way to the shores of the Gowanus Canal and have been banging away all day for the past week or so, jolting neighbors awake and quite literally rattling the foundations of the nearby buildings. If you live within a block of the construction site you not only hear it, but you feel it — intensely. It’s difficult to tell from this video, but my entire desk was shaking yesterday when I shot these clips. And this is only the beginning.