Curb Catastrophic Waste in Your Home

gi map 2009Our regular readers have probably noticed that for the last few weeks we have been posting about upcoming events being held on Governors Island. These have all been sponsored and organized by our host Institute and today I’d like to quickly make sure that people know exactly what it is that we’re doing out there, as well as give you a heads-up on one of the more exciting lectures of the summer.

This is the 4th summer in a row that we have been organizing public events out on Governors Island (for a quick look at the fascinating history of this Statue of Liberty neighbor, see here).  Each year a specific perspective on urban sustainability is developed to give the series a concrete direction.  In the summer of ’08 the series was titled “Sustainable CUNY – Sustainable NYC.”  All the events were geared toward investigating and celebrating the intimate connection between green initiatives at NYC’s public institutions of higher eductation and the environmental progress of the city as a whole.

This summer, the title of our lecture series is “Sustainable Living for Sustainable Cities.”  Each week we have put together an event that explores how environmental sustainability is (or should be) a part of our everday lives; at home, on the go, and at work.  July 25th (this coming Saturday) promises to be one of our most engaging and moving lectures.  Vice Pres. of Energy Initiatives at the Community Preservation Corp, Andy Padian, will be telling folks why they need to “curb catastrophic waste” in the places they live and how to do it.  He will be inspiring people to do things in their apartments, buildings, and offices to dramatically reduce energy waste and make cash flows increase.  So pack a picnic basket, hop on a ferry this Saturday, and participate in the pushing urban sustainability forward!

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