Bushwick bartender makes gorgeous necklaces from NYC’s trash

November 20, 2019 by  
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When she’s not slinging brews behind a Bushwick bar, designer Lorelei Christensen is scouring some of New York City’s darkest corners looking for debris that she can transform into shiny little pieces of eco-jewelry . Her company, Piece and Gathering , features necklaces that are made by encasing discarded items — anything from cigarette butts to chewed gum — in delicate glass pendants. Christensen, who has been working on her eco-jewelry collection for four years, often works late nights at a local bar. But during her free time, she can be found scouring for trash from specific locations, such as Central Park , Brooklyn Bridge and Bushwick, to use in her innovative creations. Related: This jewelry is made with upcycled gold from Dell computers “Collecting the debris is so interesting. I find surprising, funny, beautiful and disgusting things every single time. I can’t wait to find more people like me who will not only enjoy, but also profit from this new form of treasure seeking,” she explained. To create her designs, Christensen hand-crafts her pieces by encasing the discarded trash she finds in a clear, bio-resin surrounded by delicate, golden frames. In addition to her wearable items, she also makes small art pieces out of certain items she finds. A cool bauble for any occasion, the eco-jewelry also comes with a tag that identifies where the trash was sourced. The collection certainly gives new meaning to “statement piece.” Soon, the ambitious designer will be launching a Kickstarter that will specifically feature a select few pieces that were found at the top of the Empire State Building, the base of the Statue of Liberty and the streets of the World Pride Parade. For now, you can keep up with Christensen’s work on her Instagram page, Piece and Gathering . + Piece and Gathering Images via Piece and Gathering

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As some federal energy incentives end, New York eyes substitutes

March 8, 2017 by  
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The Empire State is stepping up by providing up-front incentives for small wind installations and renewable thermal technologies.

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How one Indian city is taking on air pollution

March 8, 2017 by  
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Ahmedabad, India aims to protect its most vulnerable from dangerous air pollution.

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Empire State building retrofit lights the way for new projects

June 29, 2013 by  
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Lessons learned from a massive retrofit of the nation's third tallest building are being applied to commercial buildings in Chicago, San Francisco and New Jersey.

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How ‘transactive energy’ helps buildings strengthen the grid

June 4, 2013 by  
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What it means and what it will take to get there.

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The business of bio-inspired design grows in the Empire State

June 4, 2013 by  
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A New York program is incubating bio-inspired technology by showing its advantages and providing funding to companies in need of solutions.

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Building inspiration through an iconic retrofit

September 13, 2012 by  
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The Empire State Building's recent energy-efficient updates serve as a model for U.S. building stock.

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Wells Fargo, Bloomberg, Malkin Named Green Building Leaders

September 26, 2011 by  
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The banking firm, the guiding force behind the Empire State Building’s sweeping retrofit, the mayor of New York are honored by the U.S Green Building Council.

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Secrets of Chief Sustainability Officers Revealed

September 26, 2011 by  
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A new report chronicles the rise of the chief sustainability officer and examines the best practices of the 29 CSOs working for publicly-traded companies in the U.S.

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The Empire State Building Strikes Back at Energy Inefficiency

February 3, 2011 by  
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The statistics on the greening of the Empire State Building are almost as dizzying as the 102-story New York City landmark. And the lessons that can be learned from the efforts by the project partners are numerous as well, Johnson Controls’ Clay Nesler told the audience at the State of Green Business Forum in San Francisco

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