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Small Steps, Big Strides

GreeNYC is dedicated to educating, engaging and mobilizing New Yorkers to help New York City meet its ambitious sustainability goals of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030 and generating net-zero carbon by 2050. GreeNYC helps New Yorkers take easy actions with big impacts – both for themselves and for the city as a whole. By reducing energy use, eliminating waste and choosing a more sustainable lifestyle, New Yorkers will make their lives better for themselves and their families, save money AND make NYC the most sustainable big city in the world!

Defeat the Leak

Household leaks can sink your monthly budget. Seal doors, windows, and fireplaces to keep warm air in and cold air out. Learn more about sealing leaks and easy door sealing.

Switch to LEDs

What lasts 25% longer than incandescent bulbs and can save you up to 75% on your electric bill? LED Bulbs! Make the switch – it’s better for our planet and better for your wallet!

Greener, Cleaner Clothes

Washing clothes in cold water saves a ton of energy and money – you’ll pay as little as 4 CENTS per load. Oh, you want to save even more? Try only washing full loads and using a drying rack instead of a dryer!

Follow the Energy Star

When you buy appliances with the Energy Star seal, you’ll be using 10%-50% less energy and water! Check out the Energy Star website to learn how products earn their seal of approval. Save some green by going green.

Put the Sun to Work

Going solar is easier than you might think. It can lower your energy bill and makes NYC’s future that much brighter! Learn how you or your neighborhood can go solar by visiting Solarize NYC.

Thermostats as Smart as You

Why heat an empty house? Program your thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re away (or asleep), it’ll save you 5% to 15% a month on energy bills. That’s good for your wallet, better for the planet! Learn more about programmable thermostats.

Fill that Dishwasher

Use your dishwasher the green way, fill it before you run it. Running a full dishwasher saves water, energy, and money! Choose air-dry and you’ll save even more. Making green choices saves you green!

Smarter Printing

Live green. Print green. Only print when absolutely necessary, print on both sides if you can, and use recycled chlorine-free paper. Got some used sheets lying around? They make great scrap paper or shredded packing material!

Turn Off Electronics

Office electronics use tons of energy when plugged in, even if they aren’t in use. Turn them off before you head out to save some money and energy. A power strip makes it easy. When you’re done for the day, just flip the switch and you’re all good!

Talk to the Boss

Try convincing your office manager to go green. Talk to them about providing recycling bins, using refillable printer cartridges and buying greener office supplies. Save some money and make the boss look good – you’ll be an office hero!

Power Your Commute

With over 1000 miles of bike lanes and 700+ Citi Bike stations, you’ve got tons of ways to commute. It’s fun, it gets you moving and it cuts down on greenhouse gases. Learn more about NYC cycling and Citi Bike NYC.

Drive Efficiently

Hybrid cars are all kinds of efficient and fully electric vehicles are even more so. If you need new wheels, consider a car that saves you serious money and helps save the planet too.

Public Transportation is #Winning

Why drive when you can ride? NYC has one of the largest public transit systems in the world. Sit back, relax, finish that book, catch up on news, hey maybe even take a nap (just don’t miss your stop!).

No Idling

Be a green hero, stop idling! Letting your car idle for just 11 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting, plus curbside idling is illegal. So save some gas, avoid a ticket and make the air a little better for us all!

Tune-Up Your Ride

You can save money and live a little greener by visiting your mechanic. A tune up gets your car running more efficiently and properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage and reduce emissions. Win-win!

Bring It!

You heard it here first, single-use plastics are done. Grab your reusable and Bring It whenever and wherever you go. Take the Bring It pledge and get tips on how you can be more sustainable everyday.

Second Hand = First Rate

No matter what it is, you can find it pre-owned in NYC. You’ll be up-cycling, saving money, and keeping that stuff out of landfills. In a city with prices like ours, we give you the steals (not literally) of the city! Start your search for stuff at DonateNYC.

Reduce, Reuse...You know the rest!

(It’s recycle by the way)
Recycling cuts out the landfill and makes our future that much better.  Learn what, where, and how you can start recycling today!

Less (Packaging) is More

When you buy items with minimal or recycled packaging, you’re cutting down on the 570 billion pounds of waste we throw away every year. Why does our stuff need all that packaging anyway?

Microbeads, Big Impact

Every day, 800 trillion toxic microbeads enter US water sources. Yikes! When you’re out shopping, avoid products that contain microplastics (like some face and body washes) and seek out healthier (and greener) alternatives!