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 startup is currently testing its “smart oven-mitt” in the 7th Street dorm and two Columbia buildings.

However, Radiator Labs isn’t the only startup NYU is helping get off the ground. It’s housed in NYC ACRE, or the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Resilient Economy. At the moment, NYC ACRE is one of three business incubators partnering with NYU Poly.

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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 the activists, artists, and neighbors who came out to support one of our school’s most provocative environmental groups.

The NYU Divest coalition wants university President Sexton and the NYU Board of Trustees to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest existing oil and gas company holdings within the next five years. Since the burning of fossil fuel is a major contributor to global warming, NYU Divest believes the university has a moral imperative to withdraw its financial support from the fossil fuel industry. As climate change activist Bill McKibben puts it, “If [a student's] college’s endowment portfolio has fossil-fuel stock, then their educations are being subsidized by investments that guarantee they won’t have much of a planet on which to make use of their degree.” McKibben is the co-founder of, NYU Divest’s parent organization.

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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 sewage that was released during the storm. The sludge was enough to cover Central Park in a 41-foot-high pile of muck, the report says. In layman’s terms, the city’s rivers, lakes, and streams became one giant toilet.

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NYU Divest Meets With Senior Administrators, Calls For Climate Justice

NYU’s Divest campaign met with senior university administrators on Wednesday, providing a faint glimpse of hope for a provocative movement that’s been spreading quickly at other universities across the nation. Read more…

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, flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. Members pay the seasonal rate and are asked to volunteer at the distribution sites—usually a very small commitment. The group organizes trips to the farm and discounts are often given to low-income households. Proving that you’re a broke student usually works.

CSAs also force you to get creative with your cooking. NYU has a great program and downtown NYC has numerous options. Since most CSAs require payment before the harvest season, you have to sign up pretty far in advance, so if you’re staying in the city this summer, now is the time to sign up. Here’s a list of three options for NYU students and some fast facts:

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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 achievable energy independence. 

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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 embarrassments.

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EPA Annouces New Rules For Cleaner Gas, Equivalent To Taking 33 Million Cars Off Roads

Good news for all you who drive—the EPA said today that it will move forward with a rule requiring cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide—amounting to one of President Obama’s most significant environmental initiatives of his second term.

The proposed standards seek to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline and would add less than a penny a gallon to the cost of gasoline while delivering an environmental benefit similar to taking 33 million cars off the road, according to the EPA. Read more…

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 to a budget revision in support of the 1,700-mile pipeline. But the vote itself, though influential to President Obama’s upcoming decision on the undertaking, was non-binding and results in no immediate action.

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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 through industrial and residential areas in Brooklyn and Queens, hosts an oil slick larger that the Exxon Valdez spill – which, in case you didn’t know, was one of the worst environmental disasters in history, spilling 260,000 to 750,000 barrels off the coast of California and decimating everything in reach.

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