DSNY and DOT Containerized Waste RFEI

DSNY and DOT Containerized Waste RFEI

Taking a cue from the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, the NYC Departments of Sanitation and Transportation issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for “creative solutions for containerized refuse and recycling.” The RFEI is as an important step towards designing the built environment to meet the city’s zero waste goals and address the significant environmental ...
Mothers of Invention Podcast: Jugglers of Time

Mothers of Invention Podcast: Jugglers of Time

City resident and co-founder of Help Delhi Breathe, Reecha Upadhyay, tells us how she rallied tens of thousands of voters to pass legislation that will help cap air pollution killing millions every year. She discusses biomimicry with Clare Miflin, who shares her epiphany that nature doesn’t create any waste and that perhaps our misuse of ...
Floating cities once seemed like sci-fi. Now the UN is getting on board

Floating cities once seemed like sci-fi. Now the UN is getting on board

Bjarke Ingels Group and a company called Oceanix presented a wild concept for floating cities at the UN this week, imagining completely self-sufficient communities in the era of sea level rise. By Fast Company Excerpt: Miflin wants to create a circular system where all food waste is turned into nutrients for the soil through composting. Food ...
City of the Future Podcast

City of the Future Podcast

EO5 Closing the Recycling Loop. From Sidewalk Labs. Simple as it may seem, recycling properly is really hard — and our misguided attempts are actually harming the planet more than helping. But what if we could know, instantly, if we’re recycling correctly? What if we were “nudged” to recycle better? Or reuse more? In this ...
City of Tomorrow Conference at 92St Y

City of Tomorrow Conference at 92St Y

How Termites, Coral Reefs, and Humpback Whales Can Teach Us to Build Better, video at 92StY Clare talks on a biomimicry panel about what we can learn from ecosystems to transition cities to circular resource loops. ...
If nature doesn’t need trash, neither do we

If nature doesn’t need trash, neither do we

Natural systems evolve to be closed-loop and waste-free. Human ones should take a cue from nature. By Clare Miflin on Grist. Now that summer has faded away so too has the persistent stench of garbage piled on sidewalks and left out in the sun in major cities across the country. But trash itself isn’t going ...