Why You Should Apply To Sila Connection, ASAP

NYULocalPhotoApplications for the first NYC Sila Connection conference are open until  November 19. It’s an opportunity to work with other students to come up with local, scalable solutions for NYC’s waste problem and compete for $2,500 to implement the project you come up with.Alf Lim, an NYU student in Abu Dhabi, founded Sila, which means “connection” in Arabic, in 2012. The conference took place in Abu Dhabi already twice, and this year, …

Latest UN Climate Report Calls For Urgent Action

IPCCAfter synthesizing the findings of over 30,000 scientific papers, the scientists and international delegates on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published their conclusion that unless we take international action to significantly cut our carbon emissions right now, life as we know it will be over.It’s nothing we haven’t already been warned about. The Fifth Assessment Report reminds us that the atmospheric and oceanic temperatures have already increased, snow …

An NYU Poly-Partnered Incubator Wants To Help You Sleep Better At Night

Have you ever noticed how sleeping in an NYU dorm can cause irregular bouts of shivering and sweating all in the same night? Ever wondered why NYU wastes so much energy blasting heat while you crack open your window in mid-January?Fortunately for us, Radiator Labs, a NYC-based startup, has developed a way to combat our temperature woes, and we’re the guinea pigs. Funded through Kickstarter and an NYU Green Grant, the …

Concert to Benefit NYU Divest Draws A Crowd That Doesn’t Even Go Here

“This is such an exciting evening that has really not even been put on by us,” Gallatin Junior Sophie Lasoff told the audience gathered at a benefit concert for NYU Divest on Saturday night. An NYU divest student leader, she seemed blown away by the way the night’s audience and entertainment stretched far beyond the university community.NYU students were well represented in the audience, but they were far outnumbered by …

Hurricane Sandy Filled New York City’s Waterways With Poop, Report Says

After Hurricane Sandy walloped the northeast last fall, we saw some of the worst environmental impacts the New York City has ever experienced. There were threats of water-borne illnesses, garbage floating in plain sight, and even rumors of “super-rats” roaming the trash-strewn streets.Now, a new study from the research group Climate Central has announced what may be the grossest aftereffect of them all: 10 billion gallons of raw and partially treated …

Local Eats Local At Our Local CSAs

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a farm-to-table food distribution model in which individuals support a particular farm, or network of farms. Subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. Items in each pickup change weekly and are determined by the farmer according to what is in season. Typically, members pay for one season’s worth of vegetables and fruit, but some shares include herbs, …

New York Could Be First Energy Independent State

New York could be entirely reliant on renewable energy within the next seventeen years, according to a new study released by researchers from Cornell and Stanford universities. The report gives a map of the path by which New Yorkers could become energy independent within the next decade and a half. With long-tem investments in solar energy, wind turbines, and solar panels, the study has delegated 2030 as a goal year for …

How Big Oil Really Fracked Up Last Week

It’s been a rough week for energy companies. From a huge spill that deposited oil onto suburban streets in Arkansas, to the announcement of a dangerous new fracking threat, to earthquakes (earthquakes!), the oil and natural gas industries really took a beating this week. So in case you’re not up to slogging through the oil-slicked reports of corporate mischief, NYULocal has rounded up the highlights of this week’s most extraordinary energy …

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Giant Fist Bump From Senate

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline inched closer up the political ladder last week. And with a big victory in the Senate, it seems the controversial project is headed straight for the Oval Office. The Senate endorsed the polemic oil pipeline last Friday for the first time, approving an amendment proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), which passed by a margin of 62 to 37.Seventeen Democrats and all 45 Republicans voted yes …

Black Mayonnaise Isn’t Just An Aoili For Your Truffle Fries

For most people, New York City is a mecca of progressive values, of gentrification, of green canvas bags filled with organic beets and hydroponic kale. But little did the mason jar-toting, cruiser-riding, Toms-wearing among us know, our city, which has been hailed as one of the most environmentally-friendly large metropolises, is actually harboring one of the most polluted areas in the country—and it lies just across the East River.Newtown Creek, a water body running …

Governor Cuomo Derails NY Fracking Plans, For Now

The battle over fracking took a major turn last weekend, with neither side winning—but neither side losing, either.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that he will delay allowing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York, at least until the results of a forthcoming health study are released. The news was received with joy by many environmentalists, who see it as a way of warding off the gas industry’s demands—if only …

NYU’s CSA Wants To Give You Nomnoms

Do you like food? Do you hate spending money? Are your biceps big enough to carry 25 pounds of food?If so, then it may be time for you to join a CSA—a community supported agriculture group. And lucky for you, NYU’s unit is expanding.“For many of the residence halls, having a CSA is the cheapest, most convenient way to get food,” Jason Lindy, president of EarthMatters and a coordinator of the CSA, said.

Largest Climate Rally Ever Draws Support From NYU

35,000 protestors descended on Washington, D.C. last Sunday, in what’s being called the largest climate demonstration in history. Amid chants of “Shift the power!” and “Keystone pipeline? Shut it down,” protestors, bundled up against the 30° chill, flooded the National Mall in downtown D.C. Waving signs with gloved hands and jostling against each other in astounding multitudes, they called on President Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, and to make good on …

NYU Launches New Institute To Study Urban Environment

NYU launched the Marron Institute of Cities and the Urban Environment last week, with the help of a $40 million donation from Donald Marron, a university trustee and former stock brokerage firm CEO.Referred to as ‘the hub for work on cities and the urban environment at NYU,’ the institute will collaborate with both undergraduate and graduate programs to study the development of cities from an interdisciplinary angle. It will also tackle …