“After years of deterioration and various structural issues, the Jacob Javits Center is finally getting a much needed eco-upgrade and full renovation. FXFowle will be taking the helm of what has been considered an incredibly complex project, installing a new green roof, mechanical systems, and a complete redesign of the exterior glazing. The changes will in turn, create a more waterproof building and produce energy savings of 26 percent. Renovations are currently underway and expected to be complete by 2013. If all goes as planned, ICFF 2014 will be treated to a lovely new green space.”
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“Solar power has been growing in New York City, but the installed capacity pales in comparison to the city’s potential. That’s at least according to a new study, illustrated by the map above, that found two-thirds of the city’s million-plus rooftops are suitable for solar panels—and collectively could meet half the city’s energy demand during peak hours, and 14 percent of the city’s total annual use. (And that’s accounting for typical weather conditions.)”
Rooftop Solar Power Could Meet Half of New York City’s Peak Energy Needs via Rachel Cernansky – Treehugger
“When I posted a video on how to keep bees on the rooftops of New York City, I noted that it was the lifting of the city’s ban on beekeeping that was making all this possible. Many beekeepers, however, have been at it since long before the ban—and now that they are free from prosecution, they are coming out of the closet. Check out Andrew Coté, the “guru of New York beekeeping”, as he teaches some would-be beekeepers the tricks of the trade on Brooklyn rooftops and swanky Manhattan balconies.”
More Beekeeping on the Rooftops of New York (Video) via Sami Grover – Treehugger
“Actor Mark Ruffalo, who lives in a rural New York town on the Delaware River with his family, is not one of those celebrities who parachutes into a random political cause and starts ignorantly pontificating about solutions. He has been actively involved with efforts to keep potentially disastrous hydrofracking practices out of New York State for three years, and he knows his stuff. He’s even co-founded his own initiative on water quality, Water Defense.
Now Ruffalo has banded together with some other famous friends, including Ethan Hawke and Zoe Saldana, to make a new video, “I Love My New York Water,” that he hopes will encourage people to get involved in the battle to keep New York’s water safe from the effects of hydrofracking. Fracking, in case you don’t know, is a controversial natural gas extraction process that has the potential to cause severe environmental damage (remember the flaming faucets in Gasland?). “It is a new technology, ” Ruffalo told me. “The industry is using us as guinea pigs. The more we learn about it, the uglier it looks.”
Mark Ruffalo wants you to stand up against hydrofracking via Sarah Goodyear – Grist
“Cities are now home to a majority of the world’s population and are on the front line in the battle against climate change. While action at the federal level in the U.S. has been painfully slow, cities in the U.S. are starting to lead by example at a local level. Cities must take an active role in helping their constituents (starting with themselves of course) to mitigate their impact on climate change as well as begin investing in appropriateclimate change adaptation solutions.
I felt that it was time to do some analysis on U.S. Cities which are positioning themselves to be leaders in climate capitalism. I have used proxies and a methodology for ranking the largest cities in the U.S. based on a range of factors including political commitment (as measured by number of commitments the city has made with the U.S. Mayors, Carbon War Room Cities Challenge, Clinton 40, and ICLEI membership), green buildings (LEED buildings per capita), university leadership (AASHE membership/capita), transit access and use (range of metrics on heavy and light rail usage per capita), clean tech investment (venture funds based in city with clean tech investments in 2010) and energy and GHG emissions (from a range of sources)*.”
Kerry Kennedy, NYC Area Elementary and High School Students Tell Hershey They Don’t Want Chocolate Made by Exploited Kids
New York City – June 8, 2011 With World Day Against Child Labor right around the corner, hundreds students and concerned consumers gathered today in front of the Hershey Store in Times Square to call on Hershey to “raise the bar” by eliminating exploitative child labor from its cocoa production supply chain.
Human rights activist Kerry Kennedy also spoke at the rally. She was joined by Lee Cutler, secretary treasurer of New York State United Teachers Union, as well as students, teachers and musical performers from the New York City area.
“The illegal use of child labor in chocolate production by Hershey and other chocolate-makers must stop,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. “With this rally in Times Square, we are making sure that these companies hear that chocolate produced by children is a crime.”
A decade after major chocolate companies including Hershey agreed to eliminate abusive child labor, forced labor and trafficking from their supply chains, these abuses continue on West African cocoa farms. Hershey is lagging behind its competitors in implementing policies to end these abuses in its chocolate products. Families who grow cocoa also live in poverty due to unstable cocoa prices. Students and consumers are calling on Hershey to take stronger action to end these labor rights violations and to start using Fair Trade Certified cocoa, which also guarantees farmers a stable price and additional funds for community development projects.
“The people at today’s rally represent the tens of thousands of consumers across the country who expect the companies they purchase from to care about the people who are at the very source of the products we buy” said Green America Fair Trade Coordinator Elizabeth O’Connell. “We are sending Hershey the message that it needs to make larger commitments to remove forced and child labor from its chocolate products.”
Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign Director Adrienne Fitch-Frankel said: “So many of us associate Hershey with sweet childhood memories. The remarkable youth turnout at today’s rally shows that youth in the United States are outraged that, for a countless number of their peers in Africa, recollections of Hershey and childhood will mean bitter memories of exploitation in the cocoa fields.”
International Labor Rights Forum Campaigns Director Tim Newman said: “As World Day against Child Labor approaches this weekend, Hershey continues to lag behind its competitors in independently certifying that its cocoa is not produced by abusive child labor and forced labor. After ten years of broken promises, it’s time for Hershey to make firm commitments to sourcing Fair Trade Certified cocoa.”
The “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” campaign is organized by the non-profit groups Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, and Global Exchange. Over 30,000 consumers have taken action by sending e-mails, postcards, petitions, and making phone calls to the company asking it to end child labor. Campaign supporters across the country are joining the rally in solidarity by taking part in a national call-in day to Hershey headquarters (http://www.raisethebarhershey.org/take-action-call-hershey) and also through twitter by using the hashtag #HersheyGoFair.
For more information on Hershey’s corporate social responsibility record please read Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company. To read this report visit: http://www.raisethebarhershey.org.
To read why one local student is attending the rally today, please see this article by Ariana Taveras, a student in the class of 2012 at the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ariana-taveras/why-i-am-marching-at-hers_b_871973.html.
“At Benedictine Academy, we believe that every child has the right to an education and to be treated with dignity. Child slave labor in the chocolate industrymust be stopped.
A new documentary was recently released, The Dark Side of Chocolate, about child slave labor. We saw how the children were getting beaten and working in the hot sun, unable to go to school,” says student Norky Diaz. Her classmate, Kai Alexander, adds “We knew we had to get involved because we care what happens to children. Chocolate child labor is immoral.” And that is just what we did. Kai Alexander, a passionate writer immediately connected her pen to her heart and wrote a rap/poem for the SHAC (Students helping All Children) Squad to use to raise awareness among their classmates and students in other schools. It is also being used as the soundtrack of our new short documentary about child slave labor in the chocolate industry.”
Why I am Marching at Hershey’s Store in Times Square via Ariana Taveras – Huffington Post
“The New York State Assembly on Monday passed a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a method of natural gas drilling already under a temporary ban in the state due to concerns that it might pollute drinking water.
The moratorium on new drilling permits would run through June 1, 2012, replacing the current ban set to expire later this summer, when state environmental officials are expected to release a report on potential hazards of “hydrofracking.”
The measure must also pass the Republican-controlled state Senate to become law.”
“New York City’s Department of Environment Protection (DEP) is giving away 55-gallon rain barrels to homeowners – 1,000 barrels this year. The program began in spring 2008 when the DEP distributed 250 barrels to homeowners in Queens. In 2009, 750 barrels were distributed to homeowners. The program was initiated by the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan. On July 20, 2005 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a City Council bill which required the DEP to create a protection plan for the Jamaica Bay watershed.”