#4 Farmers market

NYC ECO HABITS #4

Buy from farmers markets— taking out the middleman that is supermarkets when grocery shopping, one can communicate directly with the people who cultivate one’s food. This way, the buyer can ask the seller how the animals were kept, what the animals were fed, what pesticides were used in growing the crops, etc. To find farmers markets near you, enter your zip …

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FIVE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS: AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS ACROSS THE US AND THE WORLD

As cities grow and prices skyrocket, the demand for affordable housing is also on the rise. Since the 1972 Pruitt-Igoe collapse, architects and urban planners have begun to rethink the traditional approach to affordable housing: uniform, colorless, high-rise, and high-density. These days, approaching affordable housing is no longer one-size-fits-all. Aesthetics, residents’ needs, and environmental impact are all being taken into …

#3 littering

NYC ECO HABITS #3

The average person throws out 1500 pounds of garbage each year. Composting would reduce this number to around 375 pounds per year, according to Mark Harris. (http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-gardening.html)  

#2 Eco-Friendly cleaning products

NYC ECO HABITS #2

Buy “green” cleaning products- support companies that are making sustainable choices in their manufacturing, and decrease the amount of unhealthy and unnecessary chemicals you introduce to your home. For help in deliberating which products are environmentally friendly, check out the US Environmental Protection Agency’s tips: http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/products/cleaning.htm  

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Decathletes Learn How to Compost

This past Saturday, a group of DURA Decathletes volunteered at Red Hook’s Added Value Community Farms, and man did we have a blast! We had worked with David Buckel under the Community Composting Initiative. David was very knowledgeable and helpful, and he kept the day flowing smoothly- it was clear that a fair amount of organization and planning went into …

NYC ECO HABIT #1

In the concrete jungle of New York City, is it really possible to be “green”? When surrounded by so much steel, does it matter? The answer is yes, and yes! It’s the little things that count- for example, if every American were to use one less napkin a day, we could save over a billion pounds of napkins from going …

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DRIVING DOWN THE DEATH TOLL

It may be caused by our overly wired, “go go go” mentality, but over the years, New York City has earned a notorious reputation for reckless driving. According to the NYPD, there were 203,390 motor vehicle crashes in 2013. 16,059 cyclists and pedestrians were injured; 168 were killed. Roughly once every 48 hours, a cyclist or pedestrian is killed in …

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TEAM DURA ON THE PANEL AT THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE

Last Wednesday TeamDura was on the panel at the the Center for Architecture 10/29 Talk on “Getting Regional Power to the People: Solutions, Strategies, and Case Studies – A Program on the Second Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy”. Welcome and Introductions: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter, and Founding Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee …

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SUCCESS!!

Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances. At New York City College of Technology, team Dura has successfully transformed the project and submitted 80% of DD set to DOE through their incredible hard work. Some of the challenges that the team had started with their communications skills. The …