Open Call for Collaborators – Summer Sustainable Design

The Urban Design Program at Columbia University (MSAUD) is looking for graduate students interested in participating in interdisciplinary teams to submit entries to the “UrbanSOS – All Systems Go” design competition – a global open ideas competition co-hosted by Aecom, Van Alen Institute, and 100 Resilient Cities (a Rockefeller Foundation Initiative.

The urban design students will work on this project during the summer semester between July 13th and August 7th and will have an additional 2 weeks to complete their proposal for the competition deadline on August 21, 2015.  

Interested students will join a team and work under the guidance of Urban Design faculty.  At a minimum, you should be able to commit to one team meeting (approx. 2 hours) per week.

If you are interested, email Kaja Kuhl at

Summer CSA with Local Roots!

Eat healthier and cook more this summer with produce straight from local farms and NYC based small batch provisions.  The Local Roots CSA connects you with the freshest foods through a convenient subscription-based food system.  Simply order on their website for 10 weeks of food, and then pick up your groceries right in the office each week.

The local farms you’ll be supporting use humane and sustainable growing practices with nutrients and flavor.  The Local Roots CSA is a social, fun, and easy way to get your groceries.  Contact for more information.

CoolNYC Program

ThinkEco has partnered with Con Edison to create a residential program called coolNYC that lets users better control their energy use from the biggest energy hog in their home: their window ACs.

Participants get smartAC kits to control their ACs from anywhere, anytime with their smartphone or computer.  Customers who already have Wi-Fi enabled ACs can join by enrolling their ACs in the program.

coolNYC members help maintain the stability of our electric grid during periods of high use by participating in coolNYC Events.  During the Event, thousands of New Yorkers reduce their power use by cooling at a slightly higher temperature setting.  This allows us to reduce the pressure on the electric grid, and most participants don’t notice any change.  Visit the coolNYC website to learn more and sign up!