Earth Day

Community solar aims to bring renewable energy to everyone

Anyone can go outside and enjoy the sun, but can everyone benefit from solar power? If you don’t have the finances, or the roof, to install solar panels, you may have thought you had to miss out on the renewable energy resource, but a movement of “community solar” has been...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:33pm

NYC air at cleanest level since monitoring began: Mayor

Take a deep breath in New Yorkers: The city’s air is the cleanest it’s been since officials began monitoring its quality, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. In time for Earth Day this Sunday, the mayor announced the release of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:52pm

Celebrating Earth Day 2018 in Boston

Here in Boston, we pride ourselves on our open spaces, parks, and beautiful waterfronts. From places to sit in the sun, to the views of Boston Harbor, to the grassy areas for communities to gather, our environment provides us with the spaces that increase our quality of life. As we celebrate Earth...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:03am

Car Free Earth Day: Start time, route and street closures

Car Free Earth Day will take place this Saturday in Manhattan, one day before Earth Day. The event was created to raise awareness about environmentally safe modes of transportation for New York City residents. Now in its third year, the event turns the city streets that are usually congested with...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 1:51pm

Earth Day comes early to Union Square this weekend

If you’re looking to get a jump on your Earth Day 2018 actions, head to Union Square on Sunday, where Earth Day Initiative will hold its free annual festival.  The daylong family-friendly event will feature dozens of exhibitors, live performances, an interactive booth featuring Korean...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 5:00am

Wee the People wants to help kids find their voice through art and protest

Kids learn a lot about fairness — sharing is caring, et cetera — but what about unfairness? How should children learn about injustice and how to speak up about it?Last year, in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and Michael Brown, Jamaica Plain's Tanya Nixon-Silberg and Francie...

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:19pm

Are you really eating 'green'?

Chef Jim Solomon thinks every day should be Earth Day. In 2007, his Washington Square restaurant, The Fireplace, become Boston’s first green certified restaurant by the nonprofit Green Restaurant Association (GRA), which was founded in 1990 to guide an industry with a huge negative environmental...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

Boxed Water: Trendy gimmick or sustainable solution?

Boxed Water was born Instagram-ready. First, the font, Smart Sans, is a trendy sans serif. Second, it comes in a carton, triggering memories of school year milk drinking days for the nostalgia generation of now. Go to a music festival like SXSW, or a Fashion Week event, and chances are you’ll see...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

In time for Earth Day, CitySprouts brings gardening to Boston schools

For 15 years, CitySprouts in Cambridge has been working to get more kids learning while playing in the dirt.The nonprofit over the years has built gardens at every elementary and middle school in Cambridge – where students plant peas, flowers, blueberries and other crops, study the growth of...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 2:30pm

10 things you can do to help the Earth

(Click here for the high-res version)It's time to do your bit for the planet by showing your support for Earth Day on April 22. The global event, which started off back in 1970, is now globally recognized by 192 countries. The observance raises public awareness about pollution, and gives people...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:04am

Queens organization wants to help make Earth Day every day, offers tips to reuse items

Although New Yorkers will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, one Queens organization aims to make sure the idea of reusing and recycling resonates in the minds of people every day.Materials for the Arts (MFTA) is New York City’s municipal reuse program that collects a massive variety of reusable...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 12:36am

Second annual Earth Day 5K tour aims to raise visibility for NYC green groups

On Earth Day, New Yorkers will get the chance to visit groups across the city making sure the Big Apple continues its strides as a friend to the environment.Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, the Earth Day Initiative will kick off its annual Earth Day 5k Green Tour, where participants will take part in...

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 2:30pm

Bronx urban farmer receives Earth Day award for her years of work, advocacy

Over the weekend, one Bronx urban farmer — whose green thumb began over three decades ago — was honored for her hard work and dedication in helping bring fresh and locally grown food to all New Yorkers.The Earth Day Initiative honored Karen Washington on April 17 with the 2016 Earth Day...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 2:30pm

Community solar set to give New Yorkers the benefits of solar energy, without the hassle

The idea of benefiting from solar energy might seem like a dream for many New Yorkers who live in apartment buildings or don’t have a roof to call their own, but now one company is looking to turn that dream into a reality.Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has announced that it will be launching...

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 2:30pm

Earth Day events draws thousands to Union Square

This year’s Earth Day celebration commenced in Union Square on Sunday as thousands of environmentally conscious city residents came together to stand up for the Earth by supporting dozens of environmental organizations and green businesses while enjoying interactive exhibits and live performances....

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 2:07am

Live from Earth Day New York 2016

Earth Day may be several days away, but for one local organization, it's "more than a one-day event or annual environmental wake-up call.It is a catalyst for ongoing education, action, and change."Earth Day Initiative has made a mission out of taking the "spirit of Earth Day," launched in 1970, and...

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:25pm

NYC launches Earth Day 2016 events in Union Square

Green is the theme as this year’s Earth Day celebration kicks-off in Union Square on Sunday with dozens of environmental organizations, green businesses, interactive exhibits, kids' activities, and live performances.The official Earth Day this year is April 22, but Sunday’s festivities will surely...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 2:30pm

Earth Day products that will bring you back to nature

Buying natural, good-for-the-planet products is commendable, but let’s be real, not everything labeled “all-natural” smells or feels all that great. These products are different, made with ingredients like avocado, rosemary and bamboo that are easy on the environment and feel wonderful on your body...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:47am

Can these plantable pencils help save the planet?

Entrepreneur Michael Stausholm knows a good idea when he sees one. In 2012, when he came across a Kickstarter campaign from three MIT students who’d created a plantable pencil made from sustainable wood with a dissolvable seed-filled capsule at the end in lieu of an eraser, he knew he’d struck...

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 7:36pm

B.o.B thinks the world is flat

Get ready to hear some stupid, everybody, because apparently Flat Earth Truthers are a thing. And by a thing, I mean a thing that makes me want to go back to bed and never get out. Rapper B.o.B has gone on something of a Twitter tear insisting that the world is not round, tweeting photo after photo...

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 11:24pm