Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sustainable Lifestyle Challenge

This is a post from Sustainable Flatbush:

A Challenge from Guest Blogger Carolyn Gilles
Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Carolyn Gilles is a co-founder of the GreenEdge Collaborative, an event planner, and an organic chef. In this post she challenges herself and all of us to take some steps toward making our own lives more sustainable:

Be Mindfully Competitive with Yourself!

As some of you know, for the past 2+ years I’ve been studying and keeping up to date on the sustainable food situation (or lack thereof) and it has been my professional mission to share what I learn with my community. I believe that living by example is a strong tool for social change. I would like to encourage YOU to live by example with a “Sustainable Lifestyle Challenge”.

Recently, I have been studying the larger system of environmental and social sustainability. What initially comes to mind when thinking of the whole system is: What a mess! We, especially as Americans, have gotten ourselves into some serious trouble with Mother Nature. Global Warming is a hot topic right now and it’s becoming more and more fashionable to be “green.” While being fashionable can be fun and sexy, let us not forget the real issues at hand: mass consumption is out of control and has become synonymous with “a good life”; choosing leaders is a crucial part of creating a better future for our kids.

I am encouraging you to think about your consumption choices - where is your money going once you pass it over to the cashier, your waiter, or your banker? Think about the ripple effect of your actions and your wallet. In two words: Be Mindful.

To all readers of this blog, as well as the members of Green Edge NYC, for the next 6 weeks (end of August 2007) let’s take a moment each day to reflect on the choices we make and how they might affect our shared environment - physical and social.

The challenge is this: make a change in your daily life that will have astounding effects on our future sustainability. You could start taking your own coffee mug every day, take canvas bags to the grocery, rinse and reuse your small plastic produce bags, walk when you could take the bus, take the bus when you could drive, turn off your lights when you’re not in the room, unplug your appliances when they’re not in use, recycle, reuse glass jars, donate clothes, cook at home, eat less take-out, buy organic, support your local hardware store, buy less from “box stores”, take shorter showers, do some research on a company you buy from frequently, research your mayor or congressperson - the list can go on and on…

Let’s get the comment section of this blog going for discussion on how you plan to participate in the “Sustainable Lifestyle Challenge” and keep us updated on your progress.
My participation will include doing more research, walking more, and supporting smaller local businesses.


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Earth Day!

Yesterday the Green Edge Collaborative hosted a potluck in the park - it was so much fun! We had some really yummy food, a grill, a great kickball game and a pinata representing a Hummer. Good Times were had by all...
Miss Jennah...Mr. Schot...
Everyone enjoying the fabulous weather!!


The Hummer Pinata!Don't peek!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Happy April!

Good Morning everyone!

I would love to hear some feedback from anyone visiting this site. What would you like to see more of? Would you like more resources for good articles? More talk about Brooklyn and NYC based projects? I'm just curious...

I hope you're all enjoying the spring weather (although not in the past few rainy hours). I went rollerblading on Saturday for the 3rd time in my life and I'm getting much better! I hope to have it mastered by fall. I said that last year too. (fingers crossed!)

Take care,

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Fantastic News!

San Francisco bans plastic shopping bags!! If the grocery stores have to do this for one city, it's likely they'll begin doing it slowly for all their stores. So happy to see this happening!!

Get used to carrying your canvas bag! (If you don't already!)


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

School Food and Gardens!

I'm working with the Brooklyn Free School to help them get started growing food that they can use in their school lunches. Let me know if you're interested in this project, have soil or seeds to donate, or have any general ideas. Check out the school's website: www.brooklynfreeschool.org
Great kids!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

NYC Green Events


Friday, March 23, 2007

Private Cooking Lessons

If you or someone you know would like a private cooking lesson on how to shop and prepare sustainable foods, please visit www.bluenotefoods.com for more info!

April Events!


If you're anything like us, you're ready for spring and sunshine! Enough with the snow already!

We've got some great events coming up in April so take a minute to find out what's happening.

We also have a brand-spankin' new website! You will find all the information you need and
more bells and whistles will be added soon.

Check it out: http://www.greenedgenyc.org

For the April Supper Club (4/22), we need a few volunteers to help organize the event and
make it incredibly awesome. If you're interested or have any ideas that you'd like to see
happen...please let us know ASAP.

Or if you just want to say hello, please email us at carolyn@greenedgenyc.org

We hope to see you soon!

The Eco-Eatery Tour @ iCi
Wednesday April 18, 7pm
246 DeKalb, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Deal
April's tour consists of a three-course prix fixe dinner, including vegetarian options, paired with organic wine. Enjoy the highest quality organic and seasonal ingredients in iCi's private dining area.

$50/person plus tax & gratuity.

RSVP to carolyn@greenedgenyc.org no later than April 15th

For more information about iCi and the menu: http://www.icirestaurant.com/

The Supper Club Earth Day Celebration in Prospect Park!
Sunday April 22
(exact location to be announced)

Events Include:

Kickball Game, 1:00pm

Supper Club Potluck Picnic, 2:00pm

12pm - 4pm
Clothing/Book Swap (anything leftover will be donated)
Canned Food Donation
Member Bake Sale
Raffle for Gift Certificates

Brought to you by:

The Green Edge Collaborative strives to empower and educate our community
about how consumption choices affect society and the environment.

Carolyn Gilles, Jennah Synnestvedt, Erin Harte, and Golden McCarthy

To be added to or removed from this mailing list, please email carolyn@greenedgenyc.org

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Welcome to my new site!

My hope is that this will be a simple way for you to keep in touch with what I'm up to and how my services will benefit you. Please email me with any suggestions!

Another new exciting website that is up and running is The Green Edge Collaborative! www.greenedgenyc.org
This is an initiative that I started last summer and keeps growing. We're very excited about the upcoming events!