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Big Green Apple: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living in New York City

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Many New Yorkers want to act more responsibly when it comes to good environmental health but simply don't know how. That's where The Big Green Apple comes in. With it, you'll discover in-depth recommendations and advice for hundreds of ways to adopt a lower-impact lifestyle in the city. Practical and upbeat, The Big Green Apple clearly explains why environmental problems exist and how lifestyle choices make a difference. Inside you'll find information on:Choosing a green power source Locations of greenmarkets and...
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Overview

Many New Yorkers want to act more responsibly when it comes to good environmental health but simply don't know how. That's where The Big Green Apple comes in. With it, you'll discover in-depth recommendations and advice for hundreds of ways to adopt a lower-impact lifestyle in the city. Practical and upbeat, The Big Green Apple clearly explains why environmental problems exist and how lifestyle choices make a difference. Inside you'll find information on:Choosing a green power source Locations of greenmarkets and community-supported agriculture programsSimple ways to reduce energy consumption in your house or apartment - and save moneyThe "greening" of NYC restaurants and grocers, with helpful lists and locationsStreamlining the recycling processWhere to find eco-friendly dry cleaners, fashions, cosmetics, and household productsAnd much more Also included are a calendar of NYC's "greenest" events and an extensive directory of organizations and resources to help New Yorkers lighten their impact on the environment. Packed with facts and figures, this inspiring, highly accessible guide is a comprehensive grassroots resource for any New Yorker wishing to reconcile a green philosophy with an urban existence.
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From the Introduction:

"Fortunately, we live in a time when more and more efforts are being made to redeem the city with regard to its relationship with the natural world and a wider encompassing ecosystem. While the urban "sustainability movement" in this country might have its domestic roots on the West Coast, New Yorkers are waking up to this trend and an abundance of progressive politicians, entrepreneurs, activists, and citizens are starting to truly bring about some wonderful changes."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762738359
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Jervey writes about environmental topics, music, travel, and the green building industry for print and online magazines and newspapers. He also leads cross-country bicycle tours in the United States and abroad and has worked with a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and care of the city's parks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Success Story: The Brooklyn Brewery

On September 8, 2003, the Brooklyn Brewery announced a historic decision: to convert its entire plant and headquarters operation to 100% wind power. The electricity supplied is NewWind Energy™ produced by Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) entirely by windmills in Fenner, New York. The five year wind power purchase represents not only the first brewery in the Eastern United States to convert to wind power, but also the first commercial building in New York City to convert 100% of its electric load to this clean, renewable resource.

Speaking to both immediate, local issues and a greater global concern, Brooklyn Brewery president Steve Hindy makes clear that corporate responsibility is the brewery's governing ethic: "It is no secret that The Brooklyn Brewery is opposed to plans to develop another goliath-sized power plant on the Brooklyn waterfront [referring to the existing 60 megawatt plant on Hudson Avenue and proposals to build another, larger plant on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront]. We wanted to demonstrate that there are viable, clean alternatives to building another polluting power plant. We also wanted to take a significant step in demonstrating a needed reduction in dependence on Middle East oil."

Compared to the average generational mix in New York's power pool, the Brewery's commitment of 284,960 kWh per year is equivilant to the reduction of approximately 335 thousand pounds of CO2, 1,500 pounds of sulfur dioxide, and 500 pounds of nitrogen oxides that would be emitted into the atmosphere annually. The emission offset is the equivalent of planting 22,000 trees each year or of refraining from driving 290,000 miles. Brent Alderfer, the president of CEI heralded: "Brooklyn Brewery is leading the way to clean energy for New York City. This purchase means New York-based electric power with no fuel and no pollution. The more customers that follow Brooklyn Brewery's lead, the more wind farms come on-line in New York."

Through this impressive and important display of caring capitalism, the company is making true to Hindy's promise that the Brooklyn Brewery must be "a good citizen in our community."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    Long Overdue!

    This comprehensive guide is for everybody. While the title suggests that it's for New Yorkers, Ben Jervey has included background information that can help all of us live a greener life.

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