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So long, farewell …

25 Apr

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To the dear people of New York  and beyond:

It is with much sadness – and perhaps a hint of envy – that I abdicate my throne as I LOVE NEW YORK’s 2010 Greenest New Yorker to the reigning champion for 2011.

I will be relinquishing many of my powers, which include writing for this exquisite blog, but it is with deep gratitude and pride that the actions of my successors will preserve the local tradition of benefiting all the citizens of the commonwealth that is New York State.  Starting next month, the next Greenest New Yorker will have picked up where I am leaving off here, guiding you through green adventures in NYS. 

I have been fortunate enough to write about my travels through the kingdom, including the Adirondacks and Capital-Saratoga regions, by way of a contraption known as “Amtrak.” From there, I’ve been able to praise our natural treasures and our farmers, and consume the fruits of their labor like apple cider, apple butter and apple pie, as well as many other concoctions from NYS’s bountiful harvests. These green gems bring forth a new definition of what it really means to emerald a state such as ours, for New York has a certain cachet that I have yet to see elsewhere…

On the wings of sustainable tourism which are the envy to many, New York has become a destination for ecologically minded travelers and nomads from all over the world, eager to practice a life of smaller carbon footprints. I believe it’s very much a pleasant coincidence that two loves — New York and Sustainability — are becoming equally popular. My point, of course, is that none of this progress would have been possible without you.

And so, to you, the people, I thank you for gracing me with your presence and allowing me to preside over New York State with you. I hope I have met and perhaps exceeded your great expectations for being the Greenest New Yorker. Please know that no matter what I say or write, my appreciation will always be greater than my words.

Forever and always,

Kaity

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Earth Month is for Everyone

6 Apr

So kids AND parents, what does it mean to be green? How green are you? Why and how did you become green? 

It all started for me as a kid watching the cartoon show Captain Planet in the 90s. What made the show popular was its ability to create relatable characters who worked together as a team to battle pollution and other environmental challenges with help from Captain Planet, who reminded viewers like myself of the big picture with his catchphrase, “The power is yours!”

With April considered as Earth Month, there are a number of ways for kids and parents to be greener in New York State. If you have a backyard, maybe spend some time together tending a home vegetable garden or caring for a newly planted tree – either way, both spaces can always use some compost, as mentioned in the latest issue of Conservationist for Kids (featuring me!), the nature and environment magazine for kids that is distributed, free of charge, to all public school fourth-grade classes in New York State. Teachers can also find magazine supplements here.

Other green activities could include a visit to the Macy’s Flower Show: Tower of Flowers at Herald Square (through April 10th) which brings the outside in by showcasing spectacular “live flowers, plants, and trees from around the globe,” or attending the Green Schools Alliance’s 4th Annual Spring Conference & Resource Fair, which invites schools, NGOs, environmental groups, and green businesses to share best sustainable practices at the Martin Luther King Jr. Education Campus in the Upper West Side, where Majora Carter is slated to speak as their Keynote Speaker.

For additional advice, the NYTimes provides encouragement in their “How to Green Your Parentsarticle, and Time Out New York Kids describes a greener family urban life here.

If I could be a kid again, my first few stops would be to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory at Belvedere Castle, the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History (through May 30th), and of course the Greenmarkets so I could ask farmers a zillion questions, which you can’t exactly pull off once you’re a grown-up.

One-On-One with Yours Truly on the 2011 Greenest NYer Contest

23 Mar

Greetings!

So, who will be I LOVE NEW YORK’s next “Greenest NYer” for 2011? Will it be you? The search is on!

Always clever and quick on their feet, I LOVE NEW YORK came up with the idea to have a Twitter conversation with the hashtag #GreenHeartNY last Wednesday night from 9-10pm, where I answered questions about the contest, which I hope was entertaining to our live “studio” audience:

I_LOVE_NY: What was the last #Green activity you did tonight before getting online with us?

KaityTsui: I took the stairs instead of the elevator @CrunchGym. Sweated up a storm and drank some much needed NYC tap water!

I_LOVE_NY: Nice #Eco choices! So what would you say is your favorite part of being ILOVENY’s Greenest NYer?

KaityTsui: I love to travel, so exploring such amazing places like Lake Placid via Amtrak have definitely been highlights!

I_LOVE_NY: You did have some cool adventures! Did u have a favorite green NYS location that you visited?

KaityTsui: all are fantastic, but I’ll need to travel to more destinations before I can “hand it an apple” Bachelorette style.

I_LOVE_NY: It is hard to choose from so many great #green locations in New York State 🙂 You’ll have 2 get back to us w/ your favorite.

I_LOVE_NY: Any advice for those who are looking to enter @EscapeMaker & ILOVENY Greenest NYer contest for the 2011 GNYer?

KaityTsui: Enter the contest!! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain – it’s such a rewarding experience =)

I_LOVE_NY: Now that is some good advice….straight from the VERY first I LOVE NY Greenest NYer 🙂

I_LOVE_NY: Thks 4 chatting! Hope this has inspired all of YOU 2 enter the 2011 GreenestNYer contest http://bitly.com/eidkHn

KaityTsui: And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us @KaityTsui and @I_LOVE_NY. Thank you and good night!

Whatever your reasons for entering, winning this contest will be such a fun and meaningful experience for you. The most rewarding aspects of winning this contest for me are:

  1. Traveling to breathtaking, green destinations and meeting wonderful people along the way
  2. Challenging my creative and travel writing skills
  3. And taking a chance to do what I love but on an even greater scale: continuing valuable dialogue to a wider audience on working towards a greater, greener New York State and beyond.

I look forward to keeping you posted. If you have more questions or suggestions, please feel free to mention them here.

Always,

Kaity

2010 Greenest NYer

I LOVE NEW YORK announces its 2011 Greenest NYer Contest!

17 Mar

As my reign as the 2010 Greenest NYer nears its end, I LOVE NEW YORK and EscapeMaker.com are again seeking to celebrate those individuals who are doing their part to keep the New York State green with their second annual contest to find the “Greenest NYer” of 2011.

To apply (or to nominate someone), log onto http://www.escapemaker.com/ilovenygreen and in 250 words or less tell I LOVE NEW YORK and EscapeMaker.com why you (or your nominee) deserve(s) the title of “Greenest NYer.”

As the official 2011 Greenest NYer, the winner will get to spend one year traveling New York State (in their free time) and experience some of its finest green/eco-tourism offerings. In addition, EscapeMaker.com will donate $500 to the green organization* of the winner’s choice!

I’ll be back soon to write a bit more about the contest and my year as the 2010 Greenest NYer, but in the meantime go check it out!

-Kaity

*Organization must be a 501(c)3 and is subject to approval.  For a full list of contest entry rules and regulations, visit http://www.escapemaker.com/ilovenygreen.

Green Travel Resources

8 Mar

“The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way.” ~ Colette (1873-1954), French novelist

To me, every day is Earth Day, which is why it’s important for people to know that helping conserve, preserve and care for Mother Nature serves everyone’s best interests too. So how does this relate to travel exactly?

Well, as we continue to travel to places near and far, we realize it’s a small world after all and how everything and everybody is interconnected. That’s why it’s important for us to be aware of our impact and try to make changes in how as well as where we travel. How would you want visitors to treat your home?

Hmm, I’d like to think of myself as somewhat well traveled, and I promise that New York has something green for everyone, no matter where they come from. Home to accessible natural treasures like the Empire State Building, the Catskills, Adirondack Park, and Niagara Falls, here are some available resources and guides on traveling with green style – nothing that a keyword search for “New York State” and “green” can’t handle!

Green Destinations throughout New York State:

Related Articles:

General Tips on How to Travel Green:

Related Sustainable Tourism Events:

  • Green Getaways, Local Food Travel Expo” at Skylight One Hanson in downtown Brooklyn, NY on April 30, 2011 – hosted by EscapeMaker.com and presented by Amtrak and Zipcar. By the way, we are announcing the next Greenest NYer there too!
  • Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will feature presentations and discussions to help tourism professionals gain necessary tools to effectively implement sustainability practices. Held from September 19-21, 2011, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA.
  • Find the New York Marketplace at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show held inside the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, November 12-15, 2011.

Quoting John Ur, “From the boats at Ellis Island to the border with Canada, New York takes all comers. It will suck you in” (Cinematic Road Trip: New York – Intelligent Travel Blog).

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