Non-profit Organizations worth checking out and supporting


Grow NYC – GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

Solar One – Solar One, the City’s first solar-powered “Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center,” inspires New Yorkers to become environmentally responsible city dwellers. They do this through a variety of unique programs that seek to reach out to broad sections of the New York City population in order to connect people to the urban environment around them.   They provide in-school, education, job training, outreach and cultural programs while also maintaining one of New York’s most unique public spaces at Stuyvesant Cove Park.

New York League of Conservation Voters NYLCV is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. They are non-partisan, pragmatic and effective.

Urban Green Council – Urban Green Council is the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Their mission is to lead the advancement of sustainability in urban buildings through education, advocacy and research.

Build It Green NYC – Build It Green! NYC is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Their warehouse has everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators and shutters to movie props. Their mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale.

Green Demolition – Green Demolitions is a non-profit retail outlet for luxury commercial surplus and salvaged kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures, home decor, etc. from houses being demolished and renovated in Greenwich and New Canaan, CT, Scarsdale and Bedford, NY, and beyond.

Green Hand – Green hand is an environmental, social, cultural, non-governmental organization. Green Hand was created to promote Good Citizenship, Cultural understanding, Social Awareness on all levels, and Sustain Biodiversity & Healthy Ecological Systems and Nature enjoyment. They are raising awareness in all environmental, cultural and social issues in Lebanon. They are empowering youth and women socially and economically. They are creating networks between all community sectors.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College – This is Long Island’s first-ever venture housing sustainability education and policy analysis within an academic institution. The Sustainability Institute team – headed by Executive Director Neal Lewis, formerly of the Neighborhood Network – will provide community education and advocacy on key issues related to sustainability.  There is also a student education component, including classes taught by Sustainability Institute staff.

Long Island Sustainable Wine-growing – Long Island Sustainable Wine-growing (LISW) is an organization that provides education and certification for Long Island vineyards.  LISW  raises awareness for and recognize those committed to sustainable wine production. LISW encourages consumers to learn more about the details and discover how deep sustainable growing practices have taken root on Long Island. They are showing that there are new ways to look at sustainable agriculture that ensures there is clean water and air, a healthy workforce, healthy soils and healthy vines.

Transportation Alternatives – Transportation Alternatives is New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of tens of thousands of supporters committed to better bicycling, walking and public transit in the five boroughs. Their mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. Every day, all over the city, they working to revitalize New York City’s neighborhoods and restore a vibrant culture of street life.


Environmental News and  Information Sites


GreenBiz GreenBiz Group provides clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices.

Environmental Leader Environmental Leader is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news.

DMI – Design Management info The Design Management Institute connects design to business, to culture, to customers—to the changing world. They bring together educators, researchers, designers, and leaders from every design discipline, every industry, and every corner of the planet. The results are transformational. Design that delivers competitive advantage. Design that raises the bar of performance, fit, and feel. Design that touches the heart and mind. Design that creates a unique and memorable bond. Design that changes the world.

CSR Wire CSRwire is the leading global source of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news. Founded in 1999 to advance the movement towards a more economically-just and environmentally-sustainable society and away from single bottom line capitalism, CSRwire has paved the way for new standards of corporate citizenship, through innovative techniques and strategic partnerships, CSRwire continues to expand its content, communication technology and distribution channels exponentially.

Car Free Carfree is a web site that goes with the books. Carfree Cities and Carfree Design Manual propose a delightful solution to the vexing problem of urban automobiles.

Green Playbook  The Playbook, a web-based resource, provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through: Green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure. The Playbook is designed both for communities that are considering making the first steps toward these, as well as for those who want to take existing efforts to a new level.

Alain Bertaud  A web page dedicated to the study of urban spatial structures.

Sustainable Planet An online information resource and community dedicated to advancing the sustainability of manufacturing and other industrial operations. Their mission is to share best practices and to identify the freshest ideas and most innovative solutions for mitigating the environmental impact of manufacturing operations over the long term and on a global basis.

QuestPoint An online news site that is about going green, some subjects cover ecotourism, environment, eco fashion, electric cars and more.

Inhabitat A weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. promotes and inspires the earth friendly technology of organic greenroof architecture through the interchange of ideas, projects, news, video, travel, research, organization and government updates, marketing opportunities and exclusive features. Founded in 1999, the website continues to evolve to better reflect the needs and desires of their ever growing readership while continuing to provide an interactive platform of greenroof learning and varied living architecture philosophies.

Me Green You Green  Me Green You Green (MGYG) website is for visitors to find out where to get information on the major sustainable building topics.  The site is designed to help visitors research and learn more about the major sections of LEED such as Site, Energy, Water, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation & Design Process.

DDC Publications page New Your City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) publications page.  DDC believes hallmarks of a successful public works program are education and evaluation. As such, they regularly issue books, guidelines, and brochures that detail the extensive research, development, and implementation of their programs and initiatives. Their publications guide consultants to successfully navigate the City’s design and construction requirements; detail important sustainable strategies; showcase their Design and Construction Excellence policies; and review valued information essential to the design of public facilities.