Our guest this week on 50 Shades of Green Divas is Amanda Gentile of GrowNYC. We discuss Project Farmhouse, a beautiful new LEED certified facility, which brings farming and sustainable education into the heart of NYC. The space contains a full kitchen, conference area, and it has a Green Hydroponic wall which contains freshly grown herbs and greens. Amanda explains the importance of this new facility, and the need to educate citizens of NYC and beyond, about healthy eating, being more sustainable and practicing the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) within one’s daily routine. Changing our habits just a little bit will make Mother Nature and all Earth’s creatures breathe easier.
For more information go to: projectfarmhouse.org, grownyc.org and thegreendivas.com. Tweet us your thoughts @tmshadesofgreen
“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say, it’s alright.” – George Harrison
New York State is committed to achieve 50% renewable energy by the year 2030. The Shared Renewable Program is part of that push, and Governor Cuomo recently stated that “this program is about protecting the environment and ensuring that all New Yorkers, regardless of their zip code or income, have the opportunity to access clean and affordable power.” This week’s show takes us to the #Solar4All Community Celebration sponsored by Solar One and Vote Solar. We heard from the NYS Energy Czar Richard Kaufman, as well as many other New York elected officials, who have worked to get this program off the ground. We spoke to Peter Olmsted and Adam Browning of Vote Solar, who are instrumental is developing policy for solar projects in New York, and beyond. We also spoke to Elana Laichena, Program Manager for Here Comes Solar, a project of Solar One, which promotes many solar initiatives. The Shared Renewable Program will help improve neighborhood health, resiliency and create opportunity, as renters, businesses, and homeowners will be able to participate in renewable energy projects, and receive tax credits on their utility bills. For more information go to votesolar.org, herecomessolar.nyc and sharedrenewables.org
Restoring and converting a Landmark 100+ year old home in Boulder, CO to a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum home, is just one example of the amazing things that this week’s guest, Bob Carmichael does to bring positive flow to the planet. He is an Emmy Award winning producer for the the documentary film “Football in America,” and an Academy Award nominee for his short, “Fall Line” a film about extreme skiing. Bob is a wonderful photographer and videographer, and he specializes in nature shoots, as well as music shoots. He loves the great outdoors, and works to be a leader on issues of sustainability. He truly is a protector of the planet. His video about the conversion of his Boulder home to a LEED certified home, can be viewed on YouTube under Boulder Landmark Meets LEED Platinum: http://youtu.be/Lbc8CvXrt9g. You can also visit BobCarmichael.com to see his nature photography and great pics of the band Maroon 5.
My co-producer Abba Carmichael steps in to host TMSOG, and chats with Tony Sirna co-founder of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a highly sustainable community, which encourages members to live off the land, off the grid and reduce consumption. They are a stellar example of being one with nature and being mindful of Mother Earth. Tune in to find out more about how Dancing Rabbit Eco Village is a model for eco awareness and preservation of the planet. Go to www.dancingrabbit.org for more info.
Anjie Cho founder of Holisitc Spaces And LEED Certified Architect is my guest this week. We discuss the green benefits of Feng Shui in design, and how the energy of “chi” brings spirituality, beauty and sustainability to your home or office. Find out why the number 9 is important and why eco conscious behavior will help you put the “ohm” in your home.Go to anjiecho.com to get more info on Feng Shui and other eco design tips. #1335: Anjie Cho
Mark Jupiter hand crafts furniture from salvaged wood and other items found in and around NYC. We discuss how he gathered downed trees from the Brooklyn Tornado of 2011 and turned them into beautiful furniture. He is a true practitioner of the phrase “reduce, reuse and recycle”. He also is the founder of New World Home, which produces an award winning line of green fabricated homes. Visit Mark at his studio and showroom in Dumbo, Brooklyn and go to his website www.markjupiter.com to get more information on his custom crafted furnishings.
Question: where is the first LEED Green Bowling Alley in the world located? The Answer: The Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Peter Shapiro, who owns the Brooklyn Bowl and the renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, and I discuss green buildings and what he does daily to raise awareness about the environment. We delve into the history of the previous club he owned, The Wetlands, as it was a space not only dedicated to great music, but it also acted as a meeting spot for organizations and groups that helped forge the environmental movement. Peter is cool and is a confirmed “greeniac”. He also is the co-publisher of the music magazine Relix. For more information visit www.brooklynbowl.com.