Funding a green roof

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Hi,

I am a New York City public high school teacher. We are investigating installing a green roof system on our school roof with the help of graduate students at CUNY. Do you know if any of the state or local utilities might help fund this effort? We are having some trouble raising the money for the project.

Thank you!

Jessie Jenkins
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Health benefits of green building

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I was wondering what some of the specific health concerns there are for buildings that are not created in the “green construction” fashion. What are some health benefits of green constructed buildings.
– Liz
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Solar power usage in NYC

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Can you direct me to any information on how individual buildings/co-ops/condos in NYC are using solar power? Does anyone have cells on their rooftops, etc? What is the feasibility of such an endeavor?
– Chris
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Installing solar power in a brownstone

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We own a brownstone in Clinton Hill and are interested in installing solar panels but have no idea how to go about it or choose a product or contractor to do this. Do you have any good resources or organizations?
– Lai-Wan
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Local suppliers of reclaimed lumber

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I’m seeking a small quantity of reclaimed lumber for a project. Anyone in the NYC metro area who supplies reclaimed wood? Thanks for your thoughts.
– Bob
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Will insulating heating pipes improve efficiency?

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Hi –

I have been trying to get an answer to this for a while but to no avail.

In NYC many brownstones are heated with single-pipe steam heating. Often the apts are too hot and people open windows to cool them down. If, instead of opening the window, I put insulation on the heating pipes, does the steam heater output less heat and consequently use less oil?

David
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Eco-friendly casegoods

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Hello,

I am currently selecting furniture for a non-profit organization (I am with an Allsteel dealership) and was wondering if you might assist me in finding environmentally friendly casegoods and seating? Thank you in advance! Elisa Borgatti

Elisa,
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Why green power?

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Hello, have been considering switching to a green supplier of electricity for about a year or so, however the fact that it is slightly higher than what I’m paying for traditional electricity, is a major deterrent.

It was with great interest that I read Anne-Lise Breuning’s testimonial regarding her experience with switching, and wondered how satisfied she was with the switch some 2 years later. I would be interested to read an update or to be able to hear from other consumers who have made such a switch, before taking the plunge.

Although, I have to agree with her father who responded “Those bastards! Charging you more for green power, just goes straight in their pockets. They should be charging more for traditional power,” when she advised that she had made this switch. Why would anyone rationally switch given these circumstances? While altruistic motives might suffice for some, it certainly won’t encourage the masses to do so, which is what is required to really make a difference in the adverse effects of traditional energy consumption.

I therefore have to conclude that the utilities are less interested in improving the environment than they are in maintaining their exclusive ability to profit from whatever choices consumers ultimately make.

Jill
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Getting started with a green renovation

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Hello, I want to take my residential home green. I need info on local suppliers or contractors that can help me do that. I live on Staten Island, 10310. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Chris
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Eco-friendly furniture cleaning

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Hello, Do you know of any places that do organic/eco-friendly upholstery furniture cleaning in New York city?
Thanks,
Elaine
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Eco-friendly upholstered furniture

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I am looking for upholstered furniture vendors that make eco-friendly products.
Thanks,
Charles Moran
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NYC metro area resources and contacts, Part I

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I’d like to learn more about how to convert my Cape Cod into a green house. Please recommend resources and contacts in NYC.

Celeste Beatty
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