April/May 2007 News Archives

Apple details plans to remove toxic metals from products
Previously criticized for not being more environmentally friendly in their products like iPods, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has written an open letter on the Apple website laying out new changes being made to lower toxic material content and improve recycling measures. Things targeted include lead, mercury, arsenic and PVC.
Sunday, May 6, 2007

WSP "Be In" 5/4 From 4-7pm
There's going to be a very Gandhi-like "Be In" in Washington Square Park to show support for keeping the park as it is—or at least making the redesign more modest. In other words, it's a coordinated hanging-out-in-the-park afternoon. Not a bad way to spend a nice Friday.
Thursday, May 3, 2007

Congrats to the New EM Officers!
Earth Matters next school year will be led by Julie Goodness, President; Maggie Craig, Vice President; Samantha Caravello, Treasurer and Webmaster; and Elizabeth Wallace, Secretary. Get ready NYU. 07-08's going to be a doozy.
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Swap Pictures are Posted
Pictures can never do justice to the amount of variety and energy that flows through a Swap-o-Rama-Rama. But they are still fun to look at. Click here. Next to be posted are Street Fair pictures.
Monday, April 23, 2007

Swap-o-Rama-Rama NYU is Super Success
Over 900 people shuttled through the E&L auditorium today searching for fashions, printing their finds, and sewing new creations. Thanks to all of our great volunteers! Peripheral Media for screen printing, all our sewers, Itsy Atkins and his bra creations, Kate Goldwater and Caroline Flach for the fashion show, Brad LaBonte and Kareem Estefan from WNYU for DJing, Extra thanks to Mina Lebitz, Jaeah Lee, and Joe Jordan, and to Wendy Tremayne for starting it all. Pictures to be online soon.
Sunday, April 22, 2007

NY Botanical Garden Pictures Posted
We have finally posted pictures from our trip to the NY Botanical Garden on March 24. It is a gorgeous destination, and as this unseasonably cool weather leaves us, it is a recommended visit for all. Thanks to Marcela for the pics.
Friday, April 20, 2007

Bloomberg Expected to Advocate Congestion Pricing on Earth Day
Among other long term solutions to City problems, this Earth Day, Mayor Bloomberg is expected to advocate congestion pricing, a policy where cars must pay to use the roads in the most congested parts of Manhattan. It is speculated that any car entering Lower Manhattan, south of 59th street, would be charged a fee, possibly as much as $8. Economists have been advocating this for years as a way to relieve public roads of debilitating congestion, but it has always been political suicide.
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Forest Ethics vs J. Crew 4/23
One of the remaining catalogues not to switch to recycled paper, J. Crew is being targeted by Forest Ethics for still buying paper from the Canadian Boreal Forests. Conveniently for NYUers, the J. Crew corporate office is at 9th & Bway, where the protest will be. On Monday, April 23 at noon, show up at that intersection to "evict" J. Crew from unsustainable logging. Email shana (at) forestethics.org if you would like more info.
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Trader Joe's Wine Cellar Holding Raffle For Those Who Bring Own Bag
If you make a purchase from Trader Joe's Wine Cellar at the 1st floor of Palladium (14th near Union Sq) and either bring your own bag or decline a bag at the register, they will give you a raffle ticket for a monthly drawing for a gift certificate for the store.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Weather May Hold Out For Street Fair
The forecast is for rain today, rain tomorrow, rain Friday, but to be clear on Thursday. It'll be chilly, but let's hope it stays dry for this year's opening Earth Week event.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

EM TIP: Reconsider Bottled Water
Think bottled water is healthier? Think it doesn't use much more resources than tap water? Try again. Studies have shown that bottled water is not cleaner than tap water, uses 6X or more water in the manufacture than is actually in the bottle, and sends billions of plastic bottles to the landfill. It's also a really expensive habit.
Monday, April 16, 2007

City's Catskill Watershed Gets Another EPA expemption for 10yrs
Almost all of the municipal water in this country has to undergo expensive filtration to meet federal water regulations. Yet, most of NYC's water comes from the Catskill watershed, which is considered so clean it does not need filtration. By pursuing an aggressive policy of land preservation, the City hopes to hold onto its exemption, which saves over $1billion per year. Read it in the NYTimes.
Sunday, April 15, 2007

NYC is 2.7% of US Population and 1% of Greenhouse Gases
In a study commishioned by Mayor Bloomberg and released on Tuesday, the net emissions of greenhouse gases in New York City was about 58 million metric tons—about as much Ireland—or 1% of US emissions. It sounds like, and is, a lot, but can be taken in context of the fact that we are 2.7% of the population. So someone living in the city creates about 40% as much co2 as the average American. Because of the excellent public transit, buildings account for 79% of the carbon emissions, exemplifying the need for advanced green building codes and efficiency measures. Read the AP story on Yahoo!.
Friday, April 13, 2007

Swap-o-Rama-Rama Fashion Show to Feature Designers Kate Goldwater & Caroline Flach
Think awesome clothes can't be made without adverse social impacts? Kate Goldwater of AuH20 and Caroline Flach will be creating custom designs for the fashion show featured during the swap. It will start at 3pm.
Friday, April 13, 2007

NYU Earth Week Posters to Start Showing up Everywhere!
The Earth Week posters will be arriving in the next few days to every residential, social and academic building on campus. They are quite attractive and very easy to read. Make sure to point and gawk at it when there are lots of people around to attract attention. DOWNLOAD the PDF.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

First Step in Park Renovation to be Cutting Trees
The temporary injunction against the Parks Department is scheduled end on 4/30, and there are plans to cut down 33 trees soon afterward to begin the planned renovations of Washington Square Park. Large segments of the community are opposed to the renovations, some with due cause because of the secrecy and shadiness behind the plans. Student groups are planning to protest on Saturday 4/21 at noon. The organizational meeting will be Tuesday 4/17 in the 5th floor Gallatin Lounge (719 Bway). Email Emma Gordon if you want in. They've also got a facebook event which you can check out.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

4/10 Meeting Mix Up
Sorry to anyone who could not find the meeting yesterday because the room was posted wrong. It was 405, not 904, and it will be 405 again next week.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

EM Gets Hooked Up By the NYTimes for Talk on 4/24
Ok, its a small hookup, and other clubs are getting it too, but EM members can get $5 off tickets to the upcoming talk The Greening of New York City in the TimesTalks Issues Series. It is dubbed as "a panel discussion on building a sustainable future for New York City. New York may be the world's leading city, but for how long? As the population continues to grow, we face mounting challenges to our environment, energy efficiency and quality of life. Discover what programs are already under way—from mass transit and building construction to water use and park space—to ensure that the city remains the place we want to call home." It is Tuesday, April 24 from 7pm-8:30pm at Bway & 95th, and tickets are $25. Click Here to purchase. Now, to get the discount, enter NYT07 as your promotional code! Enjoy.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sea Of People Youtube Trailer
Trying to get 5000 people to one place can be difficult. If you are not already planning on attending the Sea Of People climate action event downtown on April 14, you best be! Sea Of People is a project where 5000 blue shirt wearing citizens will form a line downtown to symbolize the 10 foot mark of rising sea levels.

Visit their website.
Monday, April 9, 2007

David Rozan New Co-chair of Energy Sub-committee
The energy sub-committee of the Sustainability Task Force has a new co-chair in David Rozan of Wagner 2007 in Urban Planning. David has worked part time for NYSERDA, and currently is working with John Bradley, the Assistant VP of Energy, Engineering and Technical Services at NYU, and conveniently, the other co-chair.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007

HOT BLOG: No Impact Man
As featured in a recent NYTimes article, No Impact Man (aka Colin Beavan) is a well-to-do Manhattan Fifth Ave resident who decided to cut his planetary impact to zero. Read about his experience along with plenty of cool stuff and views. He's also got an upcoming book. NoImpactMan.com
Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Washington Square CSA Shares Available
The WSCSA is based out of the Nutrition Masters Dept on the 10th floor of 35 w4th, the Steinhardt building. Partnered with a local farm, you pay up front for weekly farm deliveries through the summer and fall. There are a bunch of different options such as chicken, eggs, and fruit in addition to vegetables. Click here for more info.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

CoGen Plant Approved By CB2
Community Board 2 gave their approval for NYU to locate their proposed Co-generation plant under Mercer street by Warren Weaver Hall as they requested. A contentious minority, lead by Think Coffee, which is adjacent to the site, opposed the project on the grounds that the pretty trees lining the street would be cut down. NYU countered that they will build a full fledged park on the site at completion. But the main advantages of the new facility rang through in the end. Co-generation will allow NYU to reduce pollution and remove 23 more buildings from one of the oldest, most over-taxed power grids in the nation. It is much more efficient, combining electricity generation with utilizing waste heat for climate control. Read the NYU press release.
Monday, April 2, 2007