Yearly Archives: 2009

New 42nd Street Hosts Hearing on Green Initiatives

Excerpted from Lighting & Sound America Online, October 30, 2008:

New York City Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., chairman of the New York City Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations, hosted a hearing this week at The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street to examine the green initiatives of cultural organizations. Cora Cahan, president of The New 42nd Street, the independent, nonprofit organization charged with long-term responsibility for The New Victory Theatre as well as six other historic theatres on 42nd Street, greeted Councilman Recchia and guests.

On why his office chose The New Victory Theatre as the location for the hearing, Recchia replied, “The New Victory Theatre is a prime example of how to go green. It’s the oldest theatre in New York, and it’s landmarked, but they worked within those confines to instate various energy-saving programs, including an overhaul of the lighting and HVAC systems.”

Recchia provided a proclamation from the City of New York to The New 42nd Street for its “extraordinary contributions to New York City,” and Ms. Cahan accepted the honor on the organization’s behalf. “The New 42nd Street is committed to environmental conservation and has already reduced its carbon footprint considerably, making the organization a leader in green efforts in the theatre industry. The New 42 is continually finding new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle and is currently working toward LEED EB Silver certification,” Ms. Cahan said.

According to Benno van Noort, director of facilities at The New 42nd Street, the organization has already implemented many of the measures that some nonprofit cultural institutions are now just discussing. “We’re in a good position to provide guidance to our friends in the theater,” van Noort added.

In his testimony, van Noort suggested that organizations just beginning to undertake green efforts should address low-hanging fruit first: Upgrade light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs, implement a green cleaning program, use low VOC paints, and start a comprehensive recycling program. Then, organizations should conduct a building audit, a LEED assessment, obtain a LEED reference guide to identify specific measures to implement, and lastly, create an internal group that develops and engenders support for green activities within the organization and sustains all internal and external efforts.


Go to the Green Theater Initiative

What you can do with the city

Ta to Eco Art Blog for pointing the way to website for this Canadian Centre for Exhibition, Actions: What You Can Do With the City. consisting of “99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world.” Pictured above is #52 Clever Tent Keeps Campers in City.

That’s right, it’s not a parked car, it’s a tent.

Not sure how happy I’d feel camping on it on Hackney Road, mind.

Go to RSA Arts & Ecology Blog

APInews: CLUI’s Arts Residency in Texas Oil Country

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) spent 2008 as the first artist-in-residence at the University of Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center. The CLUI is a California research organization involved in exploring, examining and understanding land and landscape issues.

via APInews: CLUI’s Arts Residency in Texas Oil Country .

When trash is art: “I view the garbage on the streets as sculptures” | green LA girl

When trash is art: “I view the garbage on the streets as sculptures”

posted by siel in art/lit/music, environment monday january 12, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Trash can inspire eco-art — as evidenced by etsyTrashion and many artists who use trash as their medium — but apparently, trash can be art in itself. In New York City alone, there’s not just one, but two photoblogs inspired by urban trash-as-art

via When trash is art: “I view the garbage on the streets as sculptures” | green LA girl.