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The Gaia Institute derives our name and research focus from a well-known scientific idea known as the "Gaia hypothesis," published by James Lovelock in 1965, and joined by collaborator Lynn Margulis shortly thereafter. The Gaia hypothesis asserts that Earth’s temperature and atmospheric composition are actively controlled by the activities of organisms. This planetary hypothesis states that the biogeochemical work of organisms acts to regulate the Earth’s conditions including the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, temperature and oxidation state. Perturbations caused by asteroids, comets, volcanoes, or other disturbances, are modified by the activities of life, working to re-establish the far from equilibrium conditions which sustain ecosystem growth and development. In simple terms, the responses of life’s processes to disturbances tend to regulate the state of the Earth's conditions to favor life.

The Gaia Institute derives our name and research focus from a well-known scientific idea known as the "Gaia hypothesis," published by James Lovelock in 1965, and joined by collaborator Lynn Margulis shortly thereafter. The Gaia hypothesis asserts that Earth’s temperature and atmospheric composition are actively controlled by the activities of organisms. This planetary hypothesis states that the biogeochemical work of organisms acts to regulate the Earth’s conditions including the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, temperature and oxidation state. Perturbations caused by asteroids, comets, volcanoes, or other disturbances, are modified by the activities of life, working to re-establish the far from equilibrium conditions which sustain ecosystem growth and development. In simple terms, the responses of life’s processes to disturbances tend to regulate the state of the Earth's conditions to favor life.

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Update on the JPR Historical Preservation
03/05/2020
WEEKDAY MAGAZINE - Jerome Park Reservoir Commons - This Is The Bronx

Update on the JPR Historical Preservation

by Karen Argenti Jerome Park Reservoir Commons: Risk Management – Budget item or Operational Change INTRODUCTION The Jerome Park Reservoir Commons is a place where neighbors meet on a run, walk, play, plant, shop, or just look at it every morning.  Help convince the New York City Department of En...

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
04/18/2019

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

We are so excited that NYC Water is truly considering including Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook as part of their LTCP for the Harlem River. Tuesday night they held a LTCP Citywide/Open Waters meeting and 4 of the 37 slides focused on Daylighting Tibbetts Brook. Now we just need CSX to be reasonable and sell their property to the City at the appraised amount. We will keep working with Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Council Member Andrew Cohen, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Senator Chuck Schumer, other Elected Officials and our Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook Coalition members to make this happen.

Any grad students interested in making Fort Independence Park into a Sponge - or any other park into a sponge.  Deadline...
03/18/2019
Bronx Council for Environmental Quality » Blog Archive » Help turn Fort Independence Park into a sponge!

Any grad students interested in making Fort Independence Park into a Sponge - or any other park into a sponge. Deadline April 10. Read the rules

Enter the Park into Sponge Contest at [email protected] with your name, phone, & affiliation or if it is school project, your professor/teacher. Provide a short description of your ideas and the method of your presentation. You will be expected to give a 5-minute talk on the design.

02/13/2019

if plants are too small, and not supplied with water on a green roof, they cannot reverse the urban heat island effect.

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
01/30/2019

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Bronx Council for Environmental Quality have been working behind the scenes and just received some great news on the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook project. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NYC Water are working together to conduct a feasibility study which will include a much needed hydrological study for the CSX property. This is an important next step in the process and could potentially provide us with the missing piece (proof that they can't deny!) that we need to make this a reality. We want to thank all of you for your support and for lending your voice to this- the powers that be are starting to listen to us. Be on the lookout for notices in the future from NYC DEP about public meetings to discuss this project. We hope you will attend and show your support for Daylighting and provide feedback on their suggestions.

1.16.2019 Van Cortlandt Lake is partially frozen.  Sara’s swans were exploring the ice. Paul was watching as the swan br...
01/19/2019

1.16.2019 Van Cortlandt Lake is partially frozen. Sara’s swans were exploring the ice. Paul was watching as the swan broke though the ice to get to flowing water.

The Gaia Institute
12/08/2018

The Gaia Institute

Pratt Prof and Intern at the Urban Soils Institute Conference 2018 - See Design Poster of Plans for Van Cortlandt Park Lake for Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Pratt Prof and Intern at the Urban Soils Institute Conference 2018 - See Design Poster of Plans for Van Cortlandt Park L...
12/08/2018

Pratt Prof and Intern at the Urban Soils Institute Conference 2018 - See Design Poster of Plans for Van Cortlandt Park Lake for Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Using Green Infrastructure to design a living shoreline for the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
10/30/2018

Using Green Infrastructure to design a living shoreline for the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces
02/21/2018

Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces

It's February which means its Bronx Parks Speak Up month! Workshops, speakers, presentations and panel have all been set for this year's Speak Up. Hope to see you there.

Save the Date
01/03/2018

Save the Date

24th BRONX PARKS SPEAK UP 2018
Saturday, February 24, 11 am to 5 pm
S A V E THE DATE
more info to follow

12/06/2017
Bronx Council for Environmental Quality

Save the Date

Two good meetings coming up soon. Spread the word. We will all be there. You don’t have to talk, just show up, network, listen, and sign in.

Wednesday, 12.13.2017 New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection, 10 am, City Hall, “NYC’s Waste Infrastructure - Current Conditions and Future Plans,” aka CSO and MS4.

Wednesday, 1.31.2018 New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 6:30 x 8:30 pm, Manhattan College Leo Engineering, Bx NY, “ER/OW Kickoff” aka East, Harlem and Hudson Rivers Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Long Term Control Plan.

Start your conversation if you have questions, we will try to handle them for you so you are prepared.

01/15/2017
Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces

Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces

Save the Date: The 23rd Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up will be on Saturday February 25th at Lehman College. This year's theme is: The Future of Bronx Parks and Open Space.

06/25/2016

You are invited to join the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program Workshops on July 12 in the evening or July 13 during the day. Please follow the links below to register or rsvp to either one.

What would you like to see in your waterfront area? What are you waterfront concerns? Describe how your neighborhood accesses your waterfront? What is your major concern? Explain your choice: Water Quality, Habitat Restoration, Public Access, Sediment and Ports, or Public Education. Please come and tell us what is important to you.
http://www.bceq.org/2016/06/06/bceq-holds-2-hep-workshops/

In the Bronx, ‘Poor Church’ Is More Than a Papal Phrase
09/26/2015
In the Bronx, ‘Poor Church’ Is More Than a Papal Phrase

In the Bronx, ‘Poor Church’ Is More Than a Papal Phrase

Efforts to hold together a merged congregation raise the question of whether the Roman Catholic Church can minister to New York City’s poor in an era of diminishing resources.

City Proposes Nine-Figure Plan to Fight Bronx River Pollution
07/15/2015
City Proposes Nine-Figure Plan to Fight Bronx River Pollution

City Proposes Nine-Figure Plan to Fight Bronx River Pollution

The proposal aims to reduce sewage overflows in the salt-water section of the resilient little river. But the bigger obstacles to fishing and swimming it might lie upstream.

Timeline Photos
07/07/2015

Timeline Photos

05/23/2015
BioMOP - Bio-remediative Mangrove Oyster Project

Please vote for this great idea. Dr. Paul Mankiewicz is working on this.

Coastal environments are the lifeline of a Blue Economy, directly and indirectly, but are failing due to human development and pollution.

Harlem River Working Group
10/06/2013

Harlem River Working Group

Canoeing on the Halrem River with neighbors one October afternoon, thanks to the Harlem River Working Group, the Wilderness Inquiry, the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and many many more.

River cleanup may point way to new park
09/28/2013
River cleanup may point way to new park

River cleanup may point way to new park

Local environmentalists hope residents will help reshape a shabby four-acre plot on the Harlem River into a beautiful and useful city park.

09/12/2013
Pop up wetland & its' plants clean the. River

Pop up wetland & its' plants clean the. River

September 10, 2013 (Bronx NY) The First Pop Up Wetland is built in the Bronx near the old Bronx Terminal Market (150th and Exterior Streets). Video shows the...

St. Simon Stock Green Roof is mentioned in this Stormwater Manual.  Keep reading five stories down ...........St. Simon ...
09/12/2013
Case studies for green roofs - Minnesota Stormwater Manual

St. Simon Stock Green Roof is mentioned in this Stormwater Manual. Keep reading five stories down ...........

St. Simon Stock R.C. Elementary School green roof
When Father Nelson arrived at St. Simon Stock school, an elementary school in New York City’s Bronx, the roof had many leaks. Impressed with the green roof movement in Chicago, Father Nelson spearheaded re-roofing part of the roof with a 3,500 square foot green roof. Aside from providing stormwater benefits, other goals of this green roof project included cleaning the air to reduce the high incidence of asthma, providing space where the school’s inner city students could grow fresh vegetables, conducting science experiments, and enjoying open space. Father Nelson notes that the school’s heating bills have also gone down since the installation of the green roof.

When Minneapolis’ Target Center Arena needed a new roof, the City of Minneapolis chose to model a sustainable building and stormwater management approach by re-roofing with a green roof. At 113,000 square feet, the Target Center Arena green roof was the 5th largest extensive green roof at the time o...

BCEQ cleans the water that drains into the Harlem River with wetland and its plants in the soon to be park at Pier 5 (15...
09/12/2013
Pop-up wetlands built near Bronx Terminal Market

BCEQ cleans the water that drains into the Harlem River with wetland and its plants in the soon to be park at Pier 5 (150th and Exterior Streets). Thanks to the support and work of the Gaia Institute, Sustainable South Bronx, Dlandstudios, New York Restoration Project, Highbridge Community Life Center, Harlem River Working Group, NYC Parks Department, Wildlife Conservation Society, NOAA, Congressman Jose Serrano and more.

Pop-up wetlands are being built near the Bronx Terminal Market. It's the first time pop-up wetlands have been built in New York City near elevated highways.

07/20/2013
City of Water Day 2013 - Join the Fun!

Today, in the Bronx, right now at Mill Pond Park. In conjunction with the 2013 City of Water Day in Your Neighborhood, Saturday July 20th, 2013, the Harlem River Working Group and the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality are holding a Community Event in Mill Pond Park (Under the Major Deegan Expressway between East 149 and 153 Streets) on the Harlem River Waterfront.

On July 20th, 2013 tens of thousands of people will celebrate New York City's "City of Water Day" festival organized by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance....

Designed by the Gaia Institute and built in 2005, the Rooftop Garden is still going strong.
05/11/2013

Designed by the Gaia Institute and built in 2005, the Rooftop Garden is still going strong.

MAY , 2013

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Get Involved Protecting natural resources is everyone’s responsibility. Private individuals, businesses, corporations, and governments all use the word "Tomorrow" in the hope that we can sustain our world at least that long. To make a sustainable future a reality, we all need to take steps to protect and conserve soils, forested landscapes, and water resources. This is one of our goals at The Gaia Institute. There are several ways to get involved in our work: Work If we have any jobs available, you will find them on our Idealist page. Additionally, f you would like us to keep your résumé on file, feel free to send it our way at [email protected] Intern Periodically, the Gaia Institute seeks interns to fulfill responsibilities on assorted projects. The work generally is done on a project by project basis, mainly during the spring and summer. Please let us know what your ideal internship might be at [email protected] Volunteer If you are interested in volunteering with The Gaia Institute in a specific or a general capacity, please contact us. Many times, we have worked with local undergraduate and graduate students on applied environmental research projects. We look forward to discussing these possibilities with anyone who is interested. Please email us at [email protected] Donate For those of you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to The Gaia Institute's research using a credit card, please visit our page at NY Charities.

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