Environmental Furniture Nyc

environmental furniture nyc

  • Relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition

  • Aiming or designed to promote the protection of the natural world

  • (environment) the totality of surrounding conditions; "he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room"

  • concerned with the ecological effects of altering the environment; "environmental pollution"

  • Relating to or arising from a person's surroundings

  • of or relating to the external conditions or surroundings; "environmental factors"

  • Large movable equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for living or working

  • furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"

  • Furniture is the mass noun for the movable objects ('mobile' in Latin languages) intended to support various human activities such as seating and sleeping in beds, to hold objects at a convenient height for work using horizontal surfaces above the ground, or to store things.

  • A person's habitual attitude, outlook, and way of thinking

  • Small accessories or fittings for a particular use or piece of equipment

  • Furniture + 2 is the most recent EP released by American post-hardcore band Fugazi. It was recorded in January and February 2001, the same time that the band was recording their last album, The Argument, and released in October 2001 on 7" and on CD.

  • New York City

  • .nyc is a proposed city-level top-level domain for New York City.

  • New York is the most populous city in the United States, and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world.

  • Pennsylvania Station — commonly known as Penn Station — is the major intercity train station and a major commuter rail hub in New York City. It is one of the busiest rail stations in the world, and a hub for inboard and outboard railroad traffic in New York City.

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American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Library of America)

American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Library of America)

As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries.

Classics of the environmental imagination—the essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac; Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring—are set against the inspiring story of an emerging activist movement, as revealed by newly uncovered reports of pioneering campaigns for conservation, passages from landmark legal opinions and legislation, and searing protest speeches. Here are some of America’s greatest and most impassioned writers, taking a turn toward nature and recognizing the fragility of our situation on earth and the urgency of the search for a sustainable way of life. Thought-provoking essays on overpopulation, consumerism, energy policy, and the nature of “nature” join ecologists’ memoirs and intimate sketches of the habitats of endangered species. The anthology includes a detailed chronology of the environmental movement and American environmental history, as well as an 80-page color portfolio of illustrations.

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Tabebuia in full bloom

Tabebuia in full bloom

Tabebuia is a Neotropical genus of about 100 species in the tribe Tecomeae of the family Bignoniaceae. The species range from northern Mexico and the Antilles south to northern Argentina. Most species are on the islands of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) and Cuba. This one is in my hometown of Weston, Fl. They tent to bloom in dry weather and we are in a drought now with water restrictions, so they are blooming all over south Florida.

They are large shrubs and trees growing to 5-50 m (16-32 feet) tall depending on the species; many species are dry-season deciduous but some are evergreen. The leaves are opposite pairs, simple or palmately compound with 3-7 leaflets. The flowers are 3-11 cm (1-4 inches) wide, produced in dense clusters; color varies between species, either red, yellow, pink, or white. The fruit is a pod 10-50 cm (4-20 inches)long, containing numerous winged seeds; the pods often remain on the tree through winter.

Species in this genus are important as timber trees and as ornamentals because of their showy flowers. Many flower on leafless stems at the end of the dry season, making the floral display more conspicuous.

The bark of several species is used medicinally. The wood is used for furniture, decking, and other outdoor uses. It has a fire rating of A1 (the highest possible, the same as concrete) [1], and is denser than water (it sinks). It is increasingly popular as a decking material due to its insect resistance and durability.

However, the demand for ipe has risen dramatically in recent years, especially in the United States. The US is now the largest importer of ipe from Brazil and ipe has become Brazil's largest timber export.[citation needed] By the 1990s, numerous environmental organizations working on preservation of the Amazon reported that about 80% of logging in the Brazilian Amazon was illegal. The Brazilian government has confirmed this figure, most notably in a ‘leaked’ report from the Brazilian intelligence agency, the Secretaria de Assuntos Estrategicos (SAE) or Strategic Affairs Secretariat, in which it was confirmed that five times the amount of wood sanctioned to be cut from legal Amazon concessions was being exported and that numerous staff of the environment agency, IBAMA, were taking bribes. In one Greenpeace report, The Santarem Five and Illegal Logging — A Case Study, five companies were reported to be logging illegally in the region around Santarem, Para. At that time exports from that region were most notably going to the Netherlands and France. Ipe was among the illegal exports.

Much of the ipe imported into the US is used for decking. Starting in the late 1960s, importing companies targeted large boardwalk projects to sell ipe, beginning with New York City Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) which maintains the city’s boardwalk, including along the beach of Coney Island. The city began using ipe around that time and has since converted the entire boardwalk — over 10 miles long — to ipe. The ipe lasted about 25 years, at which time (1994), Parks has been replacing it with new ipe.

NYC Parks and now many other municipal governments, order ipe for boardwalks most often as 2x4" beams, in lengths exceeding 10 feet and as FAS (first and second) grade, four-sides-clear (all four sides of the beam must be free of knots or defects for the entire length of the board). Only a small portion of the lumber milled from an ipe tree will meet this standard. Given that ipe trees typically grow in densities of only one or two trees per acre, large areas of forest must be logged to fill orders for boardwalks and, to a lesser extent, homeowner decks.

A Rainforest Relief report, Deep Impact, stated that on average about one acre of forest must be logged for 76 board feet of FEQ (first export quality — FAS four-side-clear) grade ipe over seven feet in length. Typically, wooden boardwalks are composed of 30,000 – 40,000 board feet per city block. For New York City’s 10 miles of boardwalk, this would yield an estimate of 83,360 acres of Amazon rainforest logged.

Environmental Degradation

Environmental Degradation

Indonesia is currently facing one of massive drilling induced environmental disaster in the form of uncontrolled huge mudflow and the consequent environmental damage which started on May 29, 2006 during drilling of an exploratory well Banjar Panji-1 in Siring village in Porong district in Sidoarjo regency, East Java, Indonesia, and is still continuing until this time.

For two years and five months the seepages in the earth has been oozing hot mud enough to fill 50 Olympic-size swimming pools every day. The mud also has accompanying methane and hydrogen sulphide, though in small quantities giving foul odor. The oozing mud has inundated huge area of land in and around and has made 12,000 families homeless by submerging 4 villages, 30 factories, 33 schools and hundreds of hectares of farmland and ponds. Now nobody knows when this mud flow will stop, it is estimated that this flow may last for another 30 years in the form of mud volcano. This mud flow has already resulted in subsidence of land due to subsurface voidage creation resulting in damage to nearby trunk gas pipe line and railway line and toll road. An expenditure of US$ 1.1 billion is estimated to meet compensation to the affected people and to rectify the infrastructural damage.

Finally the mud is being channeled to the Porong River to the sea, the environmental damage potential of which has not even been studied.

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environmental furniture nyc

environmental furniture nyc

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

From the Publishers Weekly review:
"Two experts from Yale tackle the business wake-up-call du jour-environmental responsibility-from every angle in this thorough, earnest guidebook: pragmatically, passionately, financially and historically. Though "no company the authors know of is on a truly long-term sustainable course," Esty and Winston label the forward-thinking, green-friendly (or at least green-acquainted) companies WaveMakers and set out to assess honestly their path toward environmental responsibility, and its impact on a company's bottom line, customers, suppliers and reputation. Following the evolution of business attitudes toward environmental concerns, Esty and Winston offer a series of fascinating plays by corporations such as Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita (Banana), the bad guys who made good, and the good guys-watchdogs and industry associations, mostly-working behind the scenes. A vast number of topics huddle beneath the umbrella of threats to the earth, and many get a thorough analysis here: from global warming to electronic waste "take-back" legislation to subsidizing sustainable seafood. For the responsible business leader, this volume provides plenty of (organic) food for thought. "

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