Greenest New Yorker Award 2011

Who has what it takes to be I LOVE NEW YORK's
next Greenest New Yorker? The results are in and the public has spoken! Now it's time for our panel of expert judges to narrow down it down to 1 winner!

Congratulations to the Top 3 Finalists:


The winner will
be announced at the

The Winner will receive 1 year of FREE travel around New York State!
PLUS a $500 donation by to the green organization
* of their choice!

Meet the Panel
of Expert

Erik Baard: I'm a native New Yorker, the grandchild of immigrants, and I love New York. One of my greatest joys is exploring my home's natural splendor and food heritages, and finding ways to preserve and share those gifts as a volunteer. I founded the LIC Community Boathouse, which provides free paddle tours on the East River to thousands of people, arranges beach cleanups, and advocates for marine ecology...more

Greg Black: In the 70's I traded in my motocross bike for a hang glider. I have flights over 6 hours and have over 1600 hours total. In 1981 I opened my own flight school teaching hang gliding and have taught over 10,000 people to fly hang gliders. We use no power, no fuel, just the power of mother nature and her winds. There is no greener way to enjoy hours of recreation. My students...more

Erik's Supporting Media: Facebook YouTube Website Greg's Supporting Media: Website
Tara DePorte: For ten years, I have developed and led hands-on environmental programs in New York, engaging thousands. From water quality and air testing to environmental leadership training, I help others connect their passions to green living. I am also the Founder of the Human Impacts Institute and the NYC Climate Coalition. I am an adjunct professor at the New School, at Webster University...more
Ed Fondiller: Ed has actively promoted energy conservation and green, organic lifestyle for himself, his family and all of his patrons at his tennis resort. He recently installed the largest photovoltaic array in New York State to offset dependence on fossil fuel. He grows many of the vegetables served at his resort. He continually upgrades his facility to save energy, and uses sustainable materials...more
Tara's Supporting Media: Twitter Facebook YouTubeWebsite Ed's Supporting Media: Website
Brian Kaminer: In being the Greenest New Yorker, I continue to make changes to every aspect of my family's lifestyle including energy, food, money and community. By participating in NYSERDA programs to conserve energy and install solar electric and hot water systms, we have cut our electric and oil consumption in half. We also buy additional utility electricity from renewable sources. For the past 3 years, I have been attending...more
Gary Martin: Gary Martin, of Martin's Lumber, knows that careful management of his Certified Tree Farm is needed to ensure there will be trees to meet the needs of his children and their children. He practices selective cutting, culling damaged or diseased trees to allow healthy ones to flourish. His sawmill uses a bandsaw that reduces the once standard kerf yielding more lumber and less sawdust...more
Brian's Supporting Media: Website Gary's Supporting Media: Facebook Website
Andrew Padian: For 35 years, I have worked to improve the NYS environment, making buildings across the State more energy efficient and training people to learn sustainability principles. I am currently the VP for Energy Initiatives at the Community Preservation Corporation, where we've created NYS's first private Green Financing Initiative for multifamily buildings; I assist with our Weatherization Program...more
Neal Regels: My family and I strive to live and travel green. While we enjoy sharing our lifestyle, we try to be mindful of being overbearing. Recently, we were able to build a home and incorporate many green features, such as PV Solar, passive heating, Energy Star appliances, and high efficiency heating and cooling. Other examples of our green lifestyle include: Healthy and sustainable diet (we are all vegetarians)...more
Andrew's Supporting Media: YouTube Website Neals' Supporting Media: YouTube

Karina Tipton:
I would love to be selected as the Greenest New Yorker - I try hard to stay green! Daily I evaluate my choices and decisions to try and find easy ways to be greener. I write about these tiny choices on the blog I co-founded four years ago.
Most of my blog posts come from my personal life - I live in an old farmhouse with a long commute and understand the kinds of daily decisions most New Yorkers are faced with...more

Denise Warren: We grow, sell and eat green to make the "green." We are owners of a small family farm in the Catskills - Stone & Thistle Farm, a grass-fed organic livestock farm; Kortright Creek Creamery, an organic grass fed goat dairy and creamery; and Fable, an organic on-farm restaurant - we bleed green! Our farm hosts educational tours and family events to showcase healthy eating and living. My volunteer work includes being a board member...more
Karina's Supporting Media: Twitter Flickr Website Denise's Supporting Media: Facebook Website

Voting ended April 17, 2011 * Must be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, subject to final approval.
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