Author Archives: Chris Keenan

The LowLine: New York Seeks to Retrofit Underground Station into Park

December 22nd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey took a cue from the High Line, a reclamation of an old above ground line that had been changed into a park. Taking it a step further they proposed an underground park in the long abandoned underground trolley station under Delancey street


Rooftop and Community Gardens Can Help Feed Urban Areas

December 12th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

A sustainable food chain will need to be a mishmash of different types of farming from regional farming to individuals tending small community garden plots. Rooftop and community gardens cut the "food miles" of the produce for urban residents


French Resource Shop a Great Model for Cities Worldwide

December 8th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Ever tried to get the Goodwill to pick an item that needs repair? Good luck with that. The French "resource shop" model, however, takes anything, regardless of condition... and that's good for keeping useful materials (if not useful products) out of landfills


LEED Buildings Can Now Obtain "Bird Friendly" Credits

November 30th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Many of us are doing our part to protect the environment while reducing our impact as well. There are more people than ever embracing environmentally friendly, green technologies. There are solar powered garage doors, mobile device chargers, and even chargers installed into one's backpack


How Green Design in Government Buildings Saves Taxpayer's Money

November 28th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

We know that, on a personal level, efficiency saves money. It also reduces our impact on our strained environment which is becoming a bigger concern with each passing year. There are many average people who are changing their habits and the way they interact with their environments so as to embrace green living.


Is the End of the Banana Near?

November 22nd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Extinction of species is an unfortunate problem of homogenization. As we learn more about the environment, we as a society have begun to make changes in many areas of our life. We drive hybrids, have solar powered garage doors, and recycle


We Are Losing the Most Vital Commodity of All: Farmland

November 21st, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

With each passing year, we learn more and more about our impact on the environment and the depletion of many of our vital resources. As we learn more, individuals are looking to do what they can to reduce their impact and lessen their burden on our planet


Could the Kitchen of the Future Run on Kitchen Waste Alone?

November 10th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Ideas are where all innovation begins. The environment is not only becoming a big part of the public dialogue, it is also fueling research, education, and business. The green job sector is amongst the fastest growing in a fairly unstable and stagnant economy


Climate Change and Human Migration

November 7th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Though not something that most of us in the Western world think much about, the patterns of human migration are contingent on both changes in technologies, as well as changes in the environment. While many of us leave for work each day, closing our garage doors and heading out of suburbia to our commuter jobs, there are people who are being directly effected by climate change


Humpback Whales Not as Rare as Believed

November 4th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

By all accounts, the environment seems to be in peril. As years continue to pass, we continue to see the consequences of human-caused actions. Depletion of resources, climate change, and the extinction of species have been increasing on an alarming scale



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