“Vertical farming” is a term coined by Columbia University professor of environmental health and microbiology Dickson Despommier to describe the concept of growing large amounts of food in urban high-rise buildings—or so-called “farmscrapers.” According to the vision first developed in 1999 by Despommier and his students, a 30-story building built on one city block and engineered to maximize year-round agricultural yield—thanks largely to artificial lighting and advanced hydroponic and aeroponic growing techniques—could feed tens of thousands of people.
Here’s a victory for the good guys! The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is a national coalitionof health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and parents whose mission is to “limit the impact of commercial culture on children” especially from corporate marketers. In 2006 the CCFC filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission that forced Disney to rescind its claims that Baby Einstein videos were educational for infants...
The term “geothermal” is derived from the Greek words for Earth (geo) and heat (therme). In essence geothermal energy is power harnessed from the Earth itself. Heat from the Earth’s core, which averages about 6,650 degrees Fahrenheit, emanates out toward the planet’s surface. Heated springs and geysers up to three miles underground can be accessed by special wells that bring the hot water (or steam from it) up to the surface where it can be used directly for heat or indirectly to generate electricity by powering rotating turbines.
The Hudson Rise is an intelligent alternative solution to the “garbage garage” and salt shed that the City and the Department of Sanitation has proposed. The plan would incorporate a two-district park on top of the space for the Sanitation Garage, satisfying the City while also converting it into something beneficial to the community and the environment.
Freedom Week is a coalition of abolitionists working to raise awareness and fight modern day slavery by inspiring action and providing opportunities for advocacy. “Contemporary slavery can be abolished. It begins with one person investing in freedom.”
Waggytail Rescue is an outstanding non profit organization that rescues the dogs that even the City Shelters don’t have the recourses to rehabilitate. They support their pups with the time, love and training necessary to heal wounds and bring out their inner companions. More than that, Waggytail takes the considerable time to make sure that their dogs find the right owner, interviewing applicants in depth before adoptions.
If train travel is so much less polluting than driving or flying, why are passenger rail options in the U.S. so limited compared to Europe? And is anything being done to shift more travelers over to American rail lines from cars and planes?
The GVSHP gathered over 200 letters which we will deliver to Mayor Bloomberg, NYU President Sexton, local elected officials, community boards, and members of the NYU Community Task Force saying that NYU must abide by its commitments to seek locations outside of our neighborhood if it is to expand, and seek to re-use buildings rather than demolish them. We need to keep that momentum going!