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The Festival of Ideas is coming up, and the organizers were savvy enough to recognize that “sustainability” is an integral part of any progressive city. They have a smorgasbord of sustainably focused talks, projects, and awesomeness.
Keynote Address: Antanas Mockus
May 6th, 5-6pm
The Sustainable City
If you haven’t heard of Bogotá, now is the time. This South American city has become the shining pinnacle of what a smart, sustainable, livable city can be, and the influence behind the Times Square Plaza and new Express buses. Bagotá underwent this transformation under Antanas Mockus, who served two terms as the Mayor. During his tenure, water usage dropped 40 percent; 7,000 community security groups were formed; the homicide rate fell 70 percent; and traffic fatalities dropped by over 50 percent.
This is Ted Talk-quality stuff, but incredibly, tickets are only $10. You can get them here, or purchase them in person at the New Museum.
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (between 3rd and 4th Aves.)
May 6th, 7-8:30pm
The Sustainable City
A group of leading Mayors — with impressive resumes preparing their cities for the future with clean and green initiative — discuss their ideas and work.
Introduction by David Byrne
Musician, artist, producer, activist, and columnist are among the many hats worn by David Byrne. He is well known for his work with the band Talking Heads, and his collaborations with such diverse artists as Brian Eno and Celia Cruz. He is the author of Bicycle Diaries and is a passionate spokesman for the increased use of bicycles for transport.
As mayor of Medillin, Sergio Fajardo transformed his city from the murder capital of the world into a tourist destination and one of the safest cities in Colombia. His instruments of change were urban and architectural renewal, as well as a transformed transportation system.
As two-time mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, John Fetterman has drawn national attention for his efforts to transform a dying rust-belt city into a center for the arts and a beacon for economic revitalization and community renewal.
While mayor of Seattle (2002–10), Greg Nickels reduced the city’s greenhouse gas emissions “to meet or beat” the levels stipulated in the Kyoto protocols. His agenda included innovation in transportation, public safety, green jobs, and climate production. He spearheaded the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2005).
In early 2009 Mayor Nutter launched Greenworks Philadelphia, a 15-point plan to make Philadelphia the greenest city in the United States, with initiatives in areas including green jobs, local food, recycling and energy conservation. In 2010, Philadelphia won the 2010 Sustainable Community Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Moderator: Kurt Andersen
Host of Peabody Award-winning Studio 360, a co-production of Public Radio International and WNYC, Kurt Andersen is also co-founder and editor of Spy magazine. He is the author of two novels, Heyday and Turn of the Century.
Tickets – $10
Purchase ticket here here or buy in person at the New Museum
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (between 3rd and 4th Aves.)
Our Other Location
May 7, 6:00pm & 9:00pm
Fine dining takes to the streets: pick up a 3-course tiffin dinner prepared by Vandaag Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark, a portable table, tableware, and camping utensils, and set off to build your portable restaurant wherever you choose–carry your table out into the wild city, or stay close and set it up in the courtyard at the Old School.
Tickets: $80 (drinks included) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/173099
New City Cellar
Cafeteria at Old School, 32 Prince St (after 6:00pm, enter at 233 Mott St, btwn Prince & Spring Sts)
The Educational Alliance: Reimagining the Lower East Side for Everyone
May 7th and 8th, 8am – 11 pm
Artists Barbara Lubliner and Bernard Klevickas lead theUpcycle workshop on making art from plastic waste. Young artists show work at the Clinton St. electronics store Cultural Mix, and “Celebrating Older Americans” features work by members of The Educational Alliance’s Whittaker Center, Sirovich Center, and the NORC centers.
1:00-3 pm Recycle and Upcycle Workshop, $10, pre-registration required, 646-395-4235.
1:00-3 pm Free sketching workshop in Seward Park by Christopher Wright.
197 East Broadway, between Jefferson & Clinton
May 7th, and 8th , 12 pm – 6 pm
Waste Equals Food: Brothers and creators of fashionable Freitag messenger bags host a Canteen to produce compost on site. Come eat with us, grab a limited compost handbag, and bring your compost to grow a special plant.
Swiss Institute at Salon 94 Freemans
1 Freeman Alley, at Bowery & Rivington Street
Josh Hadar Presents “The Evolution of Steel”
May 7TH, 12 – 9pm
May 8TH, 10am – 6pm
Emerging designer Josh Hadar presents “The Evolution of Steel” to showcase his environmentally conscious sculptural art installations, including spectacular one-of-a-kind custom bikes, all hand crafted from steel in his neighborhood workshop. Exhibition 5/6-5/23.
John Hadar Metal Design
285 Lafayette St, between Houston & Prince Sts
Rooftop Urban Farming Project
May 7th, and 8TH 12 pm – 10 pm
A rooftop vegetable garden provides not only fresh food for meals prepared by the Bowery Mission’s kitchen but a peaceful space for residents to connect with nature and their means of sustenance. In collaboration with Whole Foods Market Tribeca.
The Bowery Mission
Rooftop of 227 Bowery, between Prince & Rivington Sts
Edible / Sustainable City Garden
May 7th 5 pm – 7 pm
Ingredients to use in a food or beverage are produced in collaboration with the public M’Finda Kalunga Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, highlighting the importance of the park, and sustainable gardening in NYC.
11 Rivington Street, between Bowery & Chrystie
The Sustainable Gallery
May 7th, 6pm
Aicon Gallery was designed to have the lightest environmental footprint feasible, recycling, bringing daylight in and heating and cooling in sync with nature. Also exhibiting “Palimpsest,” featuring work of Talha Rathore, among others, layering NY experiences upon subway maps. The gallery will be open May 7th, 6 pm-10:30pm.
35 Great Jones Street, between Lafayette & Bowery
Sheila Gallagher: That Which Remains
May 7th, 12-8pm,
May 8th, 12 – 6 pm
The history of trash and how it relates to artist Sheila Gallagher’s Sappho-inspired exhibition “That Which Remains” is the subject for a talk with Sheila Gallagher and Robin Nagle, of the NYC Department of Sanitation. The gallery will be open May 7th, 12 pm-8 pm.
15 Rivington Street, between Bowery and Chrystie Streets
Marc Breslin: Refuse
May 7th, 7 pm
Marc Breslin debuts his video Refuse—which examines the daily movements of the Sanitation Department in Brooklyn—accompanied by a performed sound piece excavating William S. Burroughs’s Dead City Radio.The gallery will be open from 7 pm to midnight. Exhibition through 6/5.
52 Orchard Street, between Grand and Hester
Birds and Bees: Flight of Fantasy
May 7th, 7 pm – 7:30pm
Yuliya Lanina, during her exhibition, collaborates with C. Eule Dance Company to create “Flight of Fantasy,” a performance envisioning a sustainable balance between urban development and colonies of butterflies. The gallery will be open from 12:00-6 pm.
NY Studio Gallery
154 Stanton Street, between Suffolk & Clinton Sts
It’s on the Green Map! New City Walking Tour
May 8th, 12pm – 3pm
Explore local sites with Wendy Brawer, founder of the global sustainability mapmaking movement. Meet neighborhood eco-leaders including Paul Castrucci, architect of ABC No Rio, designed to Passive House (exceptionally energy efficient) standards.
Starts at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, between Stanton & Rivington Streets
Bowery Arts & Science Presents Bowery Beehive
May 8th, 3pm
Discover the hives that urban bee man Sam Comfort helped establish to pollinate the City. Honey will be for sale to benefit Bowery Arts & Science, the nonprofit that programs the Bowery Poetry Club.
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Bleecker & Houston Sts
NYC The Future Metropolis Volume 3: Water in New York
May 8th, 5 pm – 7 pm
“Water in New York” considers water in relation to NYC: how it’s used, its cultural significance, and that which surrounds it. The initiative is part of NYC The Future Metropolis, an ongoing series of events focused on making the city a more sustainable place to live, work, and do business.
Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street
Saturday, May 7th, 11am – 7pm
The street fest will take over two blocks on the Lower East Side on Saturday. I’ve highlighted a few of what looks like the most interesting projects. Of course, being a festival, I suggest you just arrive and soak it all in.
While you’re expanding your intellectual and creative horizons, munch on food from Brooklyn Flea, plus other delicious food vendors like Brooklyn soda works, FINE & RAW chocolate, Kombucha Brooklyn, Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi, SCRATCHbread, and Sweetery NYC.
Article22 & Project peaceBOMB
Project peaceBOMB supports artisans that make bracelets from American bombs dropped during the Secret War in Laos, 1964-73. Each purchase funds artisans, village development, and clearance of bombs from farmland.
Food Karma Projects
Playing With Your Food
Food Karma Projects & friends preview local sustainable food events of the summer. Showcasing Jimmy’s No.43, Hungry Filmmakers, Pig Island, Cook Out NYC, & Brewers Picnic on Governors Island.
Brooklyn Grange Farm, Windowfarms, and Goldie’s Soap
Made in NYC
Brooklyn Grange Farm, Windowfarms and Goldie’s Soap offer a sustainable selection of seedlings, DIY home gardening kits, and all-natural skincare products.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Gaia Renaissance Projects feat. GLT Edible Wall & Open Road PD Process
Learn about how The Brotherhood/Sister Sol creates youth leaders by using environmental sustainability systems like GLT Edible Walls technology and Open Road of NY’s Participatory Design Process.
Bus Roots is a living garden on the roofs of city buses.
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm with Growing Chefs
Grow the City You Want to See(d)
The imaginations and green thumbs from Eagle Street Rooftop Farm help you sew (and then sow!) seeds for a greener city with seed-saving bags perfect for seed bombing.
Upcycling Plastic Bottles into Self-Watering Planters
Green Depot, your one-stop-shop for green building supplies and environmental living, is partnering with Groundworks Inc to demonstrate upcycling and planting ideas for container gardening.
Green Map System
Green Map: New Directions to a Sustainable Future
Providing unique perspectives on our city’s progress towards sustainability, explore Green Map System’s latest efforts to promote participation and the “Green Apple” throughout NYC, and beyond.
Green Spaces brings the synergy of the coworking space to the street, and invites the public to participate.
GreenHomeNYC Green Street Fair Guidelines
GreenHomeNYC has developed a set of how-to guidelines to green New York City’s street fairs. They will be showcasing their recommendations and taking surveys.
Big Top Bicycle Sew-In
Greenhorns “Seed Circus” launches in NYC as we sew the fashion city’s fabric reserves into a community-sized tent fit for the future of agrarian celebration.
GrowNYC / Greenmarket
Jeo-Party and Market Cooking Demos
Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, will educate fairgoers about locally grown food with their Jeo-Party game and a market cooking demonstration.
Hudson Valley Seed Library
SEED LIBRARY gARTen
Wander through the Seed Library’s gARTen of artist-designed heirloom seed packs and buy New York-grown seeds for your garden. Create your own seedy art including plantable seed bombs and seed-paper origami sculptures.
La Finca del Sur: Starting Now: Community Action for Health and Environmental Justice
Participants and facilitators share their visions of healthy communities, and brainstorm actions that organized groups can take to create more environmentally just neighborhoods.
Lower East Side Ecology Center: E-waste Collection Event
Electronic waste contributes 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills. Bring your old computers, printers, TVs, VCRs/DVDs, and phones to be recycled responsibly.
Lower East Side/ Chinatown Bicycling Coalition
Community-led Bike Tours
The Coalition will lead a new kind of bike tour led by local youth highlighting the resilience and struggle of the longtime community through tours of historic sites and fights. Bicycles for tours provided by Recycle-A-Bicycle.
The MoS Collective: Initiating the succession of healthy water, air and soil: Indulge in Abundance
The MoS Collective makes personalized maps connecting you to neighbors who provide healthy self-care, local goods and services, and environmental stewardship plus leading related D.I.Y. workshops.
NYC Department of Buildings: NYC ˚CoolRoofs & urbancanvas
NYC °CoolRoofs encourages buildings to cool rooftops with reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs & carbon emissions. urbancanvas transforms construction sites with artwork.
Safari 7 Base Camp
Safari 7 is a self-guided tour of urban wildlife along the 7 line. Downloadable podcasts, maps, and walking tours celebrate our shared urban zoo.
Seeding the City – DIY Green Roof Modules
Play dirty! Build a D.I.Y. green roof module to take home and join a network of green roofs across the city.
SoBi Bike Share Demonstration
SoBi demos its new GPS-enabled bike share system. Attendees can create an account, download the mobile applications, unlock the bikes, and ride!
Solar One with Build It Green and Desire Lee
Zero-Waste Garbage Center
Solar One with Build It Green and architect Desire Lee construct a full-service garbage center to handle various kinds of Festival waste and educate attendees about proper waste disposal.
Truck Farm / Wicked Delicate Films
Called “the coolest urban agriculture project around” by the Huffington Post, Truck Farm is a traveling, edible exhibit—a 1986 Dodge with a mini-farm growing in the truck bed.
Here’s the news today that got me excited (No, it had nothing to do with Kate Middleton.):
Ithaca, New York has joined a coalition of cities that will let you opt out of unsolicited junk mail. You know, all that crap that gives you a dollar off a pizza you never wanted to buy anyway? You can make it go away…forever!
I was wondering if I could do this in Brooklyn as well. Seriously, it makes me uncomfortable every time I leave the apartment and see a pile of coupons stacked in the lobby, sliding to the floor, because no one wants them.
So I went to this website, typed in my zip code, and got a list of what companies are killing trees on my behalf. Then I opted out. It was very cool. And for a $20 donation, they will contact all companies that have been trading your mailing information behind your back, and tell them to knock it off.
I wonder how it differs for the cities in the coalition? As far as I can see, it works everywhere…
Some mornings I’m jolted awake by the sound of an angry horn below on the street. An angry horn that won’t stop, soon joined by many more angry horns. Some stupido has left their car on the side of the road, and now the school bus can’t get by, and cars are piling up below. The problem would be solved if they just took away parking on one side of the street. Well, turns out there would be some happy side effects.
Good Magazine reported last month on a study that showed cutting parking spaces is an extremely effective way to cut emissions and traffic.
According to findings in a new paper (PDF) from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Europe’s Parking U-Turn, several major European cities have had tremendous success regulating car emissions simply by eliminating the places in which cars can be parked. Hamburg, Zurich, Paris, and London have all cut spots, lessening auto emissions as well as spurring residents to seek out alternative transportation methods, like walking or biking.
Unfortunately, I know several women who complain that they have terrible allergies all year round. It’s not from the pollen – it’s from the air pollution. Let’s take away some parking spaces and make them bike lanes!
Read the rest of the article here.
Seeing those little white balls of road salt sprinkled around always makes me uncomfortable, because according to Slate, it often contains anti-caking agents or even bits of explosive material from when it was blasted out of the mine.
Well over in New Jersey, Bergen County is going the green route, for lack of green. To be more clear, they’ve run out of money, so they’re buying of scads of pickle brine, which is supposedly cheaper, instead of road salt. Let the Jewish deli jokes begin!
(Thanks for the heads up, Steve!)
Last summer London launched an ambitious program to support more city cycling by opening two “Bike Superhighways.” These two-lane, bright blue paths are just the start of what Mayor Boris Johnson hopes to be a network that radiates from the center of what is currently the 17th-ranked UK city for cycling.
Now Good reports that cycling on these two routes has jumped by more than 70 percent since they’ve opened. Huzzah!
So what is different about these bike lanes compared to NYC? They’re two-lane, for one, so that the cyclist doesn’t have to choose between taking the long way or “salmoning” his way up the wrong street. They’re also very wide, and very clearly marked. You would have to be blind to miss them, as a driver. (Of course, truck drivers will always “miss” bike lanes in the interest of easy parking or aggressive driving, but at least this way their excuses sound weak indeed.)
Bring it to NYC, Bloomberg!
Imagine you’re walking through Brooklyn and you see an empty lot with a high metal fence around it. What could you possibly do to turn this eyesore into a neighborhood gem?
You could Bomb the Blight out of it!
Bomb the Blight founder Tommy Wilson came up with a venture that uses shirt cannons – like the ones at Knicks games – to shoot water balloons filled with paint and seeds at the dirt patches around Memphis. When you see an ugly lot, you can cover it in multicolored splats like a giant do-gooder Pollack painting. Some time later, after the paint has washed away, seeds sprout into flowers.
Bomb the Blight solicits suggestions for ugly lots to attack, and they turn it into a big event. They have shot 2.6 million seeds so far, with an estimated yield of 625,000 flowering plants. Their goal is 10 million seeds.
Seriously, doesn’t this have Brooklyn and Harlem written all over it?