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The Brooklyn Grange, a commercial rooftop farm in New York City

One of the biggest farms in New York City, the Brooklyn Grange, sits six stories above the sidewalks of Queens. It has over a million pounds of soil and spans…

Giving What We Can: Maximizing the impact of donations

In the giving season, choosing where to donate can be difficult; the staggering number of important organization and causes is overwhelming, and where you put your money is as important…

Fair trade certification expands to the apparel industry

In time for the gift-buying season, Fair Trade USA launched a new a fair trade certification for apparel. Their other certifications, like the ubiquitous fair trade coffee, enable consumers to…

Common Security Clubs: A new model for building community in times of economic crisis

When people face overwhelming, frightening challenges they often seek comfort through support groups. From cancer to addiction, these groups help us understand disorienting events and foster community where there might…

Richard Cherry of the CEC on confronting climate change with better buildings

Richard Cherry’s organization, the Community Environmental Center (CEC) bridges climate and low-income issues by focusing on the building sector. Using seemingly simple tools like weatherization, the CEC is able to…

Smartphone apps turn citizens into scientists

Around 100 million Americans use web-connected, camera-equipped phones on a daily — probably hourly — basis. Which is why many developers are exploring how this extraordinary resource can be harnessed…

On Food: FEAST! invites a community to dinner and reinvents the financing of art

In the back of a candle-lit church basement in Brooklyn, eight groups of artists recently presented their work to 200 people. This quarterly dinner party — hosted by FEAST (Funding…

On Food: The Brooklyn Food Coalition’s Nancy Romer talks about building a food movement one neighborhood at a time

In 2009, Nancy Romer, a psychology professor at Brooklyn College, got the idea to organize a one-day conference on food sustainability in New York City — and, surprise, 3,000 people…

Farm Truck: a model for supplying fresh produce to New York City’s food deserts

Do you know how many servings of fruits or vegetables you ate in the past 24 hours? If it’s two or more, you’re in the minority. Almost 70 percent of…

SeeClickFix: Infrastructure solutions 2.0

An enlarging pothole is threatening the safety of drivers or bicyclists in your neighborhood, but your city has no hotline for non-emergencies. What do you do? It can be frustrating…