Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 27, 2009
New York City just got a whole lot greener. (Actually, that’s a bit of a misleader, but I knew my opening statement would show up on your screen in bold and I wanted to get your attention.) The city of New York is pretty green with its energy efficient housing options, good water supply and wide reliance on public transportation. (In fact, according to City Mayors, “per capita, New Yorkers use fewer resources and put less pressure on their surroundings than any other city of its size.” Impressive.)
But a more truthful statement would be: New York City green just got< a whole lot easier to find.
Where is this green (other than in Central Park)? That’s where the NYC edition of Greenopia comes in handy. Having just this week landed in the Big Apple, it features more than 1,300 local businesses, services and organizations. Yes, this must-have on the west coast has finally made its way east. (Take that, New York! We had ours before you!)
This guidebook to eco-friendly establishments covers all five boroughs and includes everything from car services and hotels to nail salons and even burial services. (A morbid thought, perhaps. But you might as well go green for the long haul. You’re not going to know the difference, and the rest of us will benefit.)
The cynic in you is probably saying “this is all marketing — everybody’s claiming to be green these days.” And while you’re right about the second point, you’re wrong about the first. According to Greenopia, “businesses cannot pay to be in the guide and advertising is not accepted. Instead, Greenopia’s team of researchers systematically divided the city by its grid, and marched through the doors of thousands of restaurants, stores, salons, hotels, and transport services to find the most eco-friendly merchants in town.”
So, what can you do with this information? In the small picture, you can simply know that by choosing to do business with companies listed in Greenopia, you’ll be helping to reduce your impact on the environment and leading a healthier, nontoxic lifestyle. In the big picture, your patronage will hopefully send a message to other companies that greening up is not only good for the planet, it’s good for business.
New Yorkers can pick up their copy of Greenopia here or at your neighborhood Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods or Macy’s stores. Ditto for those of you in L.A. or San Francisco. If you’re in Denver, Chicago, Seattle or Portland — your Greenopia guides are in the works. Sit tight.
The book’s suggested retail price is $17.95