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June 19, 2013

Hoboken Green Drinks Happy Hour at Dubliner Tonight at 6pm

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Hoboken Green Drinks is having an event tonight to enjoy the weather for their June installment of Green Drinks. The event is Wednesday, June 19th, 6:00pm at the Dubliner rooftop located at  96 River St Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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About Green Drinks

Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.

We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It’s a force for the good and we’d like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.

http://www.greendrinks.org/NJ/Hoboken

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June 6, 2013

Letter to the Editor – Committee for a Green Hoboken on Porous Pavement

Filed under: Green Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:30 AM

The Committee for a Green Hoboken has their proposal for porous paving material to help alleviate flooding and reduce overall costs of maintaining our streets in Hoboken. Below is their open letter advocating for that street paving material and is worthy of consideration on TheBoken.com….

An open letter to the residents of Hoboken:

What is the purpose of the street cleaners in Hoboken? What is the end result we want to achieve? And are we achieving that goal?

If the goal is to leave the streets looking pristine, we are not achieving that goal. Every week, the street sweeper machines drive up and down our roads and leave a trail of debris in their wake. Along the way, they leave a $45 ticket on every car hat was mistakenly left in place, or frankly had no where else to park.

I am not suggesting we put an end to street cleaning, it’s rules, regulations, and associated fines. I am suggesting we take a holistic, cost saving approach to solving some of Hoboken’s issues, in this case keeping our streets clean while alleviating flooding. The answer is porous road pavement. Our current roads are paved and repaved on a regular asis using impervious (aka non-porous) asphalt, which forces storm water to run off the roads into our overburdened sewer system. By replacing impervious asphalt with pervious asphalt or concrete, the storm water will percolate into the soil below, and take the burden off the 100+ year old sewers and our sewage treatment plants. We have approximately 1.2 square miles of land surface in Hoboken, of which approximately 0.2 square miles is road surface. Porous pavement would absorb 17% of the water falling on Hoboken during all storm events. We would avoid using the porous material where the water table may be too close to the surface to prevent seepage from below.

Porous Pavement Example

In order to maintain this new porous material, we will need to outfit or replace our current street sweepers with vacuums and air compressors to keep the porous asphalt clear of dust, dirt, and debris, so water can flow through the road surface. Combining the dual roles of street cleaning and alleviating flooding is a cost effective approach to improving our quality of life. For a model, we can look to the Meadowlands area, where many pervious pavement surfaces have been installed, all meeting the NJDEP’s Best Management Practices for storm-water management quality and quantity regulations. The installation cost for pervious asphalt is between $6 and $10/square foot, versus typical paving, which would be about $5/sf, or $150,000 per block instead of $75,000. The extra cost comes from subgrade material, the underlying stone bed under the pavement, as opposed to typical dense graded aggregate, but in the long run, we will reduce the impact on our city budget of cleaning up after frequent storm-water floods.

For more information, please contact The QLC at cgh@qlchoboken.org or visit them  on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreenHoboken

Thank you,

Tom Chartier, PE, LEED AP
Co-Chairman, QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken

Chairman, Hoboken Chamber of Commerce’s Urban Planning & Sustainability Council
Brad Miller, PE, PP, LEED AP BD+C
Co-Chairman, QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken

Website Link: http://www.qlchoboken.org

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April 12, 2013

Hoboken Green Team To Host Inaugural Green Buildings Walking Tour Sunday April 21, 2013

Who needs a gym in Hoboken when you have a great excuse to do a walking tour of Hoboken’s Green buildings.

Hoboken Green Team To Host Inaugural Green Buildings Walking Tour April 21, 2013

 The City of Hoboken Green Team is organizing a walking tour of Green Buildings within Hoboken for Sunday April 21, 2013.

The inaugural Hoboken Green Buildings Walking Tour will showcase sustainability in building design and function, from LEED® certified residential and commercial buildings, to composting at Hoboken Community Church and renewable energy production at Stevens Institute of Technology. On the tour you will experience Hoboken’s vibrant community, innovative architecture and see some of the hottest new properties in town. Plus, you’ll learn how your neighbors are saving money and making our city greener!

Hoboken Green Building Walking Tour 4-21-2013

The tour includes two parts:

A.     10:00am–1:00pm

Self-guided tour of select green buildings in Hoboken

The self-guided tour will begin at 10:00 AM at Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street, where you can pick up a Hoboken Green Buildings Guide with descriptions of each building and an easy-to-follow walking tour map to each address. The same information will also be available at the Garden Street Mews. Tours should take approximately two and a half hours to visit all the buildings, which can be seen in any order at any time throughout the tour hours, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  At each tour site, a property representative will be present to answer questions about green building.

B.     1:00pm–3:00pm

Guided tour of energy systems at Stevens Institute of Technology

The guided tour will begin at 1:00 PM at the Babbio Center, Corner of 6th and River Streets. The tour will begin with a brief overview of Sustainability Programs at Stevens, including solar energy and co-generation systems, a planned Green Roof, and the award-winning 2012 Stevens Solar Decathlon House. Mark Byrd, Stevens HVAC Manager, will then guide you through Stevens facilities, highlighting green building design features. The tour will conclude at the Eco-habit House, under construction for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon.

Hoboken is a very pedestrian-friendly city and walking the tour is encouraged; however, a shuttle will be available courtesy of the City of Hoboken Department of Transportation and Parking for the suggested donation of $1.00.

Please join us at the conclusion of the tour for an informal Green Drinks networking event. We encourage you to dine at any of Hoboken’s excellent restaurants for lunch, and welcome you to extend your trip by shopping local in any of the City’s great small businesses.

The Green Team thanks the sponsors of the Green Buildings Walking Tour: Chartier Sustainability Group, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken Department of Transportation & Parking, My Conscience, My Choice LLC, and Natural Awakenings.

For more information and to register, please visit www.hobokennj.org/greenteam/walkingtour/

Hoboken Green Building Walking Tour 4-21-2013 City of Hoboken

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April 2, 2013

Hoboken Green Team Green Buildings Walking Tour Sunday April 21, 2013 10am-3pm

Filed under: Green Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 1:10 PM

The Hoboken Green Team has an  upcoming Green Buildings Walking Tour. The tour will be on Sunday April 21, 2013 with the following schedule:

  • 10am – 1pm (self guided tour of green buildings in Hoboken)
  • 1pm – 3pm (guided tour of Stevens Institute of Technology)

The tour will showcase sustainability in building design and function, from LEED® certified buildings and Hoboken’s first Passive House, to composting at Hoboken Community Church and renewable energy production at Stevens Institute of Technology. On the tour you will experience Hoboken’s vibrant community, innovative architecture and see some of the hottest new properties in town. Plus, you’ll learn how your neighbors are saving money and making our city greener!

For full details and to RSVP, please visit www.hobokennj.org/GreenTeam. Join the group after the tour for a Hoboken Green Drinks event at Little Town NJ located at 310 Sinatra Drive.
 The QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken http://www.qlchoboken.org.
Hoboken Green Building Walking Tour 4-21-2013
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September 18, 2012

2nd Annual HMag Rooftop Hoboken Green Drinks Event Wednesday September 26th at 6:30pm

Filed under: fundraiser,Green Hoboken,hMag,Hoboken — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 1:50 PM

Please join Hoboken Green Drinks  on Wednesday, September 26th for the 2nd Annual H-mag Rooftop Green Drinks. This year they  will be raising money to further the QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken’s efforts to install various storm water  measures throughout Hoboken, including street trees and rain gardens.They  kindly request a $20 donation, which will include  wine, beer and hor d’oeuvres. RSVP to greendrinks@qlchoboken.org.
Event: 2nd Annual HMag Rooftop Hoboken Green Drinks Event
Location: 80 River St. Penthouse (6th floor)
Date and Time: Wednesday September 26th at 6:30pm
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July 26, 2012

Open Letter To Mayor and City Council: “Green Building” Incentive Program Petition from Hoboken QLC

The pump station installed at Observer Highway and Washington Street that went online last year has been mostly successful in abating flooding in Hoboken but is not 100% effective based on a simple mathematical concept rate of flow. The pump has a maximum level of throughput and thus if a storm drop a lot of rain all at once and during high tide, such as what happened on July 18th, there is still the risk of flooding. With that said the pump was helpful in quickly getting what flooding that did occur to subside much quicker than what would have happened without the pump. The Quality of Life Coalition in Hoboken thinks that more can be done to help using such techniques as rain barrels, dry wells, vegetated “green” roofs, ground level landscaping, pervious pavement and street trees just to name a few. A such they have this petition before Hoboken elected officials to get a “Green Building” Incentive Program passed. Below is their letter…

Hoboken Flooding logo by TheBoken.com

An open to letter to Mayor Zimmer, Hoboken City Council members and Hoboken Residents:

Recently we experienced some much needed rainfall, which resulted in relief from the current heat wave, and water for our street trees and plantings.  Unfortunately, it also resulted in flooding in the streets and various properties around the city.  The storm that occurred on July 18th did so during low tide and the recently operational wet weather pump station was unable to keep safe the typical flood-prone streets, homes and businesses.  The pump is a necessary tool in our efforts to minimize and ultimately eliminate flooding in Hoboken; it has been extremely effective in previous storms and was able to quickly dry these areas once the storm subsided.

However, these efforts must be continued and expanded, and done so with haste.  The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition’s Committee for a Green Hoboken has worked with Mayor Zimmer’s administration and the City Council to put in place a “Green Building” Incentive Program, with a strong emphasis on storm water management.  This program will incentivize home owners, business owners, builders and developers to implement a series of local, yet widespread, measures to help reduce the impact on our aging, over burden combined sewer system.  The incentives include a wide range of measures including, but not limited to installation of low flow plumbing fixtures, rain barrels, dry wells, vegetated “green” roofs, ground level landscaping, pervious pavement and street trees.  However, the program has yet to come before the city council for the public vetting process.

Please join the online petition started by the Hoboken QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken and Chamber of Commerce’s Urban Planning & Sustainability Council to bring this incentive program before the city council.  The petition can be found at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-hoboken-city-council-to-pass-a-stormwater/

For more information on the incentive program and for tips on how to prevent and manage flooding please go to www.qlchoboken.org.

Sincerely,

Thomas Charter, PE
Chairman, Hoboken QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken
Co-Chair, Chamber of Commerce’s Urban Planning & Sustainability Council

The QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken’s website link:  http://www.qlchoboken.org

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May 22, 2012

QLC Second Annual Fundraiser Wednesday May 30th from 7-9pm

Filed under: fundraiser,Green Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 8:45 AM

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition (QLC) conducts only one fund raiser each year and this is it for 2012:  May 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Steven’s Babbio Center 6th and River Terrace. Special Guest will John Gomez who is an architectural historian. All proceeds will fund QLC programs including:

  • Back to School Event
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Green Building Tours
  • Recyling Program Awareness

For more information contact info@qlchoboken.com. Tickets are $50.

 

QLC 2nd Annual Fundraiser Hoboken

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March 26, 2012

Hoboken Green Drinks Event Wednesday, April 4th, 6-9pm at the Dubliner

Here is a note from Holly about the next Hoboken Green Drinks in Hoboken….

Hi folks,

Happy Spring! Our next Hoboken Green Drinks event will be:

When: Wednesday, April 4th, 6-9pm
Where: The Dubliner, 96 River St., Hoboken, NJ. Our goal is to make it to the rooftop.
Drink Specials: $1 off drafts

Hope to see you there!

Best,
Holly

P.S.

If you use Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/QLCs-Committee-for-A-Green-Hoboken/131885020215142

About Green Drinks

It all started in 1989 at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, in which a handful of eco-conscious mates pulled some tables together and drank some beer. The concept evolved into GREEN DRINKS and now it’s global. Each city has an organizer who arranges meetings in bars, restaurants, and other venues. Come join us and get green.

About Link: http://www.qlchoboken.org/about
The mother ship lnk:  http://www.greendrinks.org/

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February 18, 2012

Hoboken Girl’s Guide to Lepre-con Style

Ok…so you want to look cute for Lepre-con 2012, as it is a new holiday around town that is a mere two weeks away. I even have a countdown on my site.

That means wearing green while sipping green cocktails and eating kelly green bagels. However, unless you’re a redhead or platinum blonde, green can be a tough color palate to work with. Luckily it is one of the trendy spring colors, so there is lots of green to be found in Hoboken.

Here is a compiled list of your “green fix” for March 3rd, 2012, the First Annual Lepre-con:

1. Green Jewels:

Get extra-dressy with some earrings and necklaces from Aaraa boutique:

Or some green-palated earrings from Bella Ro.

Air Studios Boutique also has a simple green beaded necklace.

2. Green Stems:

Go trendy with some Kelly-green skinnies from Anthology. These will add a little luck o’ the fashionable to your day, and can be paired with a white, form-fitting blazer (& tee) or blouse.

 Or, keep your knees down extra warm and stylish with these over-the-knee socks by Lisa B. found at Peper & Parlor.

Place these strategically over your boots for a stylish walk around the Boken.

3. Green Wrap:

Keep your neck warm with some green-hued scarves found at Aaraa and Townhouse 620.

 

4. Green Glam:

While I don’t normally condone colorful eyeshadow beyond a smokey eye or some shimmery neutrals, I say Hoboken Lepre-con is the exception to the rule.

Glitz up your eyes with some green shadow by The Balm, found at Luxe Face & Body Boutique.

5. Green Threads:

While wearing a green tee (or perhaps a Lepre-con tee) may the norm on March 3rd, the more fashion-conscious may want to jazz it up with these options from Townhouse 620, Anthology, or Peper & Parlor:

Polka-dotted blouse from Townhouse 620 (my personal fave).

A green-striped, long-sleeved tee with lace accents from Anthology.

 Or a lacy green beaded top from Peper & Parlor.

A word of advice: if you are going for fashionable rather than straight leprechaun look-alike, make sure to add touches of green, rather than pairing green skinny jeans with a green scarf and blouse. Your Facebook photos will thank you later!

Have any other green fashion finds in Hoboken? Tweet them to me @Hobokengirlblog

 

 

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November 29, 2011

QLC’s Green Drink Happy Hour at Maxwell’s November 30th at 6:30pm

Filed under: Drink Specials,Green Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:00 AM

The QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken http://www.qlchoboken.org  will be meeting and having their monthly green drinks event at Maxwell’s on November 30th starting at 6:30pm. There will be drink specials and the event is scheduled to run through until at least 9pm.

Hoboken QLC Green Drinks

Event: The QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken Green Drinks Happy Hour

Place: Maxwell’s at 1039 Washington Street Hoboken,NJ

Date and Time: 6:30pm – 9pm

 

Maxwell's Hoboken

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