Upcoming Sustainable Events in NYC, Starting March 19th, 2015by Alden Wicker on Mar 19, 2015 • 3:52 pm No Comments
Vegan Fashion: Issues and Innovations in SustainabilityThurs. 03/19 | 7:30 pm @ Bushwick Inlet Park Building, 86 Kent Ave @ N. 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Where cruelty-free meets eco-friendly: The Ethical Writers Coalition Presents a round-table discussion on vegan fashion and sustainability. This exciting event in Brooklyn features moderator Joshua Katcher (adjunct professor at Parsons The New School, founder of Brave Gentleman, and editor at The Discerning Brute), with fellow vegan fashion designers discussing the challenges and latest innovations, from high-tech, low-impact synthetics to lab-grown leather. It's a must for aspiring designers, stylish vegans, and anyone interested in sustainable fashion. Join us for an inspiring conversation over refreshments from Little Choc Apothecary. Ask questions, meet the designers, and learn what's next for cruelty-free design. Panelists include Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture, Melanie Linehan of animal behavior, and Sugandh G. Agrawal of GUNAS. Anyone who wants to head to Kent Ale House across the street after the event is also welcome to join us for drinks! Admission is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP at veganfashion.eventbrite.com. I'm skipping a friend's birthday to attend this party – it'll be that good. It's open to the public, just make sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duck, Duck! Rye?Sun. 03/22 | 1 to 3 pm @ Jimmy's No. 43, 43 East 7th Street (btn 2nd and 3rd Ave) Join Slow Food NYC at this competitive, all-duck "quack" down, where dueling chefs will deliver delectable duck dishes for your delight. Sample spirits made in New York featuring ingredients grown in New York. Pouring beverages at the event are Breuckelen Distilling, Van Brunt Stillhouse and Kings County Distilling, with more to come. Proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profit Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest program supporting good food education for New York City kids at 16 schools around the city and on an educational, urban farm in East New York, Brooklyn. Tickets are $20 for Slow Food Members and $25 for non-members.
Earth Hour03/28 | 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. To show support for combatting climate change, switch off your lights for one hour. If you're going to be somewhere other than home, work on getting the powers that be to agree to an hour of lights off!
Sustainable Global Sourcing Forum
03/24 | 9 am to 5 pm @ Fashion Institute of Technology, John E. Reeves Great Hall, 7th Ave. @ 27th Street, Manhattan
Hear keynote speakers and panelists discuss current sustainable global sourcing trends, challenges and opportunities along organizations’ supply chains and product life cycles. Topics include creating successful sourcing relationships, employee engagement, sustainable sourcing in the cosmetics and fragrance industry, sustainable sourcing in the fashion industry. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to network with experts from large and small brands.
Free. Register here.
Beat of Africa: The Ethical Fashion InitiativeTues. 03/24 | 6 pm @ Katie Murphy Ampitheater, Museum at FIT, 27th Street and 7th Ave Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a flagship program of the International Trade Centre, will talk about EFI’s efforts to propel the international fashion industry in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Kenya, and how EFI enables artisans living in urban and rural poverty to connect with the global fashion chain, while encouraging the use of sustainable, environmentally sound materials and practices. Free with RSVP slowflowers.com and the Ethical Writers Coalition are teaming up with local florists and creatives to bring you Bloom: A Sustainable Workshop! Learn to make your own fresh flower crown, create a perfect bouquet, or DIY a reclaimed vase. Join one or all of these intimate classes for a hands-on and creative experience in sustainability, and of course, lovely local flowers. 11 am: Xristina from La Vie Rosie Participants will create a fresh flower and herb crown to wear that day and then learn how to dry and reuse it for a second life! 1:30 pm: Stella and Miriam of The Garden Apartment An interactive design workshop on reclaimed materials and minimal construction. Participants will create a self-constructed vessel ready to hold local flowers! 4 pm: Rachel of Taproot and Molly and Deborah from Molly Oliver Flowers Local Flowers 101: Growing & Arranging. Learn their flower arranging tips & tricks, the importance of sustainable flowers, and how to best care for your arrangement. $35 to $65 per workshop. Space is limited!
Sustainability Crash CourseSat. 03/28 | 9 am to 5 pm @ Engineering Building, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn Imagine being able to spend one amazing day immersed in learning about sustainable design—and meeting the people who have pioneered new thinking and practices. In it's fifth annual Sustainability Crash Course, Pratt will present a day-long series of workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s sustainable design faculty and elsewhere. With over 20 speakers, it is sure to be a fantastic day of exploration and inspiration! Free. Registration required. Space is limited.
Ice Dying With Natural Materials03/26 | 7 to 9 pm @ Makeshift Society, 55 Hope Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn In this workshop, students will learn the basics of dyeing a silk fabric with natural materials using the ice dyeing method. Will also learn the basics of mordants and natural dye sources. Each student will take home one large silk scarf and two smaller handkerchiefs. Instructor Lily Piyathaisere is a fiber artist, jewelry designer and graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder of the fiber and ceramic based accessories line, Gamma Folk. Tickets are $45. Material fee: (Not included in ticket price): $15
Thaw04/01 | 7 to 9 pm @ Room & Board, 236 West 18th St, Manhattan Join the GrowNYC community for seasonal beverages and hors d'oeuvres, reconnect with one another and look ahead to spring. The event is hosted by Room & Board, a furniture shop that works closely with American artisans to offer furniture and accessories—even custom pieces—that fit the needs of modern life. Your donation benefits GrowNYC, which provides opportunities for making sustainable choices and actions a permanent fixture of NYC—textile recycling, building-wide and school-wide recycling programs, healthy eating at their 54 Greenmarkets, composting, school and community gardens, reuse opportunities like Stop ‘N’ Swap events, and much more. Tickets are $70
Planning Your Urban Vegetable Garden
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: A conversation with co-authors Gene Baur and Gene StoneMon. 04/06 | Doors open at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm @ Deepak Homebase, Mezzanine of ABC Home, 888 Broadway, Manhattan Gene Baur Farm Sanctuary, the first animal rescue organization dedicated to farmed animal. Gene Stone is a writer, vegan, horologist and the author of Forks Over Knives. Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television journalist and bestselling author. Join them and special guests award-winning TV journalist and bestselling author Jane Velez Mitchell and vegan socialite and entrepreneur Cornelia Guest for a discussion of animal rights. Ticket is $35 and includes a copy of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day.
Community Supported What?04/08 | 8 to 10 pm @ The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Explore the concept of “CSA,” or community-supported agriculture. Panelists will discuss traditional and nontraditional models, as well as the challenges versus the benefits. You’ll leave educated and motivated to sign up for one that fits your lifestyle. Edible digital editor Ariel Lauren Wilson will moderate the panel featuring:
- Josh Cook of Nextdoororganics
- Paula Lukats of Just Food
- Danielle Wiedemann of the Lexington Avenue CSA
Fourth Annual Food Book Fair04/10 to 04/12 @ Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Highlights include FOODIEODICALS, the fourth festival of over 25 indie food magazines including Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, Drift and Mouthfeel; panel discussions on Sugar and Sweets, Vegetable-Forward Cooking and Chinese Food in America featuring April Bloomfield, Franklin Becker, Joanne Chang, Glenn Roberts, Amanda Cohen and many more; conversation and tasting with esteemed writer and critic Mimi Sheraton tied to her new book "1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die"; a pop-up bookstore presented by Kitchen Arts & Letter, cocktail event and interactive reading with Death & Company; Tables of Contents Dinner at Egg Restaurant feasting on "The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCuller; Bar Tartine tasting with chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns; and Oyster Hour with chef Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oysters and chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery. Tickets $5 to $349. View the full schedule of events here.
Foraging TourSat. 04/18 | 11 am to 1 pm @ Prospect Park Wild edible plants are all around — in our city parks, as the “weeds” in community gardens and backyards, even in abandoned parking lots. You just need to know where to look. Leda, author of several books including Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries, will show you how to safely spot wild edibles such as black raspberries, sassafras, wild "cardoons", daylily blossoms and many more natural delights. Discover the tastes and aromas of these wild, seasonal ingredients. Learn how to sustainably harvest and then deliciously prepare them. Reserve a spot for $20
Painting on Silk: a Natural Dye Workshop
4/18 | 11 am to 2 pm @ 247 W 29th St between 7th and 8th Aves, Manhattan