Yesterday was the unveiling of what's said to be New York's greenest building--The Queens Botanical Garden Office and Visitor Center in Flushing. The City's newest and most environmentally friendly building is equipped with a solar-power rooftop, another rooftop with a garden, rainwater-collecting canopies, and toilets that don't flush, but connect directly to a composting bin. The 15,000+ square foot building, designed by BKSK Architects, has features that help to limit its energy consumption and impact on the local sewer system. A majority of the building's furnishings come from recycled or FSC certified material.
Via: AM New York
Side Note: Queen's claim to fame may not last long as Manhattan is increasingly turning green. If you're down in the Lower East Side today, be sure to stop by 133 Pitt Street for the ground breaking of NYC's first certified "green" supportive housing building.
Via: NY Observer