#EcoHustle 2014

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Everybody knows that Diva Ø loves a capital “F”… but  this time it stands for “Fabulous”.BNG’s 3rd Annual Eco-Hustle on May 3 was FABULOUS! Check out the photos below (and more on Facebook). Black is the New Green congratulates Team It’s Easy Being Green who rapped, rode, created, quizzed and raced their way through five stations around Baltimore City all the way to victory! 


The breakout hit of this year’s competition was “Beatboxing at the Bee and Bat Boxes”. Teams had 15 minutes to study a fact sheet, comb through the warehouse at the Baltimore Community ToolBank for musical instruments and write a rap about the environmental benefits of bees and bats. And then they had to perform it for the group. The results?  Amazing! See for yourself with the video links below – and stay tuned for when BNG’s album drops!

* What do you get when you cross Vel-aaw-ciraptors with Terror-dactyls? A DinoAlliance. See how they roll here. To the tune of bees and the bats…

Do you know what time it is? It’s time for the pollinator! Watch Green So Loud shut it down here.

 * Maybe you are in the mood for the menthol cool stylings of MC LaLa Esquire? Good news – you can get your fix here with DCBaltiLove.

* Now its time to get crunk. DJ Philly Crunk that is. Check out The Green Debacle here.

* And last but not least, get your snaps together for a little spoken word from 2014 Eco-Hustle Champs, It’s Easy Being Green here.

Y’all Ready For This?!

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BNG's 2013 Hustlas

BNG’s 2013 Hustlas

BNG’s 3rd Annual Eco-Hustle
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Baltimore, MD



During the Eco-Hustle, participants will race on planes, trains and automobiles (ok, real talk: just cars, bikes, or buses) to various destinations throughout Baltimore City and engage in a host of eco-fabulous activities and challenges. BNG representatives will be at each site to direct teams, judge on-site competitions, and verify that teams completed that site’s activity.

The event will begin at the Baltimore Community ToolBank located at 1224 Wicomico Street at 9am. Check-in opens at 8am and ends promptly at 8:45am. After the opening activities, teams will depart from the ToolBank to complete the rest of the competition. The event will end at Heavy Seas Ale House, located at 1300 Bank Street.

This year we are proud to partner with the Baltimore Community ToolBank, The 6th Branch, Heavy Seas Ale House, and FOUND Studio, with more partners are being added each day. Prizes will be provided by our wonderful partners, so please be sure to check them out and “like” them on Facebook! Each member of the winning team will also receive a limited edition Black is the New Green flask.



How many people can be on a team?
Your team must have a minimum of two people and no more than five people.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Black is the New Green is designed for an adult audience. If you choose to bring a child under 18, you assume all risks, you must provide supervision of that child at all times and you understand that absolutely nothing will be censored during the event or the after-party. Alcohol will be served at the after-party.

What are my transport/parking options during the event?
There is free street parking at the Baltimore Community ToolBank. Your team will need a car for transportation between stations. Parking at most stations will be free, however you should plan for the possibility of metered parking. Parking for the after-party at Heavy Seas is mostly metered, however if you are slick enough, you may find free parking up in the cut.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
You should bring a reusable water bottle. Flasks are optional and respected. Don’t bring an attitude.


What it Takes to be a LEED-er

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On February 7, Black is the New Green had the opportunity to spend time at the U.S. Green Building Council‘s office space in Washington, D.C. More proof that cool and green go together like red beans and rice. Check it:

 The entrance: Herman Miller meets the 22nd Century.

The entrance: Herman Miller meets the 22nd Century.

 One of only five in the world, the LEED Dynamic Plaque measures the actual green performance of the office in real time through this active graph. If that wasn't cool enough, it also looks like dope vinyl.
One of only five in the world, the LEED Dynamic Plaque measures the actual green performance of the office in real time through this active graph. If that wasn’t cool enough, it also looks like dope vinyl.

 The USGBC seal embossed in reclaimed gumwood.

The USGBC seal embossed in reclaimed gumwood.

 The office dining area has a table made of locally reclaimed wood. If a tree falls in Virginia, why not reuse it?!

The office dining area has a table made of locally reclaimed wood. If a tree falls in Virginia, why not reuse it?!

Tracking green around the world.
Tracking green around the world.

What does "community" mean to you?

What does “community” mean to you?


Not just walking the walk, U.S. Green Building Council is leading the way and showing you step by step how it's done. Yes, that says Platinum, y'all!

Not just walking the walk, U.S. Green Building Council is leading the way and showing you step by step how it’s done. Yes, that says Platinum, y’all!

The Chic List

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Welcome to The Chic List, where we’re serving up real headlines with a side of real talk. Eco-news, pop culture, and current events are all fair game. Whether it rocks your world, inspires you, or just makes you go hmmm, Diva is on it. Fasten your seatbelts mofos, it’s time for The Chic List!

Rihanna donates a five figure sum to help the nonprofit group Wolf Haven save endangered wolves. No surprise here – her love of animals is well documented:


What would Six say?!

What would Six say?!



Mayim Bialik celebrated her Emmy nomination with vegan donuts. She failed to mention that her four year old dunked them in her breast milk.  



A Safeway shopper in Arizona found a chicken claw in a chicken package. Apparently, all of the package handlers were too busy handling their packages to do a quality inspection.

Yes, sometimes chicken contains...chicken.

Yes, sometimes chicken contains…chicken.



With a focus on health and sustainability, metal band Korn has installed a hydroponic garden in their studio. I would have posted this earlier but it took a minute to find the backwards ‘R’ on my keyboard. Don’t let KoЯn outgЯeen you!


Save your sweet nothings, this isn’t Lance Armstrong’s School for Wayward Pricks.

Proud graduate of Lance Armstrong’s School for Wayward Pricks.



A-Rod continues to haggle with MLB in order to save his contract moneyNo word yet on his soul. Wrong kind of green, man. Wrong kind of green.




Sweden has run out of garbage and is forced to import from Norway. Sounds like a first world problem. Wait. Aren’t we supposed to be…? Never mind. 

first world

Yeah, this sounds more like us.


It ain't easy bein' G-Cleezy!

It ain’t easy bein’ G-Cleezy


George Clooney uses the money he earns from hawking the sustainable coffee, Nespresso to spy on a Sudanese dictator. Now that’s just gangsta.




Just callin’ ‘em like I see ‘em. Meet me here next time for a new rundown of the wild or mild, but always Diva-styled. In the meantime catch our chic on Facebook for your daily dose of eco-cool.

A New View: Tre Chic

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Black is the New Green welcomes a new voice this summer: our intern extraordinaire, Tre Gary. Tre is an employee, a student, and a father. In short: a man with a lot on his plate. His is another ideal voice for the real-world lessons of how to B the New Green in everyday life. He offers insights that resonate with real people everywhere. Peep his steezy in the short post below and give him a warm BNG welcome! Look for more updates from Tre in the coming weeks.

Paper or Plastic? Choose Granny Chic!

I keep forgetting to bring those ugly-assed granny print reusable shopping bags with me to the store when I go…not that anyone cares how they look, I just never remember to bring them. During the summertime, when school is out, I buy groceries almost every day. Not only am I sick and tired of collecting the seemingly thousands of plastic bags that are all over the pantry floor, because my kids seem to think that is the perfect place for them, but I’m so done with reeling in plastic bags and other non-degradable fuckery on the end of my fishing line every weekend too. WTF!?!?

Ok, I get it. I used to think plastic bags were the better choice too. They weigh less and take up less space than paper grocery bags, thus costing less to produce and transport. They should be great because no trees had to be cut down to make them, and they take less energy to recycle. Yeah….I’m bullshitting, I never got as deep as all that. But it seems like a no-brainer: use plastic bags, recycle them, get a cookie, simple. Wait… what? Only 1% of the estimated 1 trillion plastic bags consumed annually get recycled? GTFOH. They almost had me there.

Y’all, check this video about what plastic is doing to the oceans and our food chain. I’m ’bout to go put them sexy reusable bags in the car.

It. Went. Down.

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Diva Hustlehttp://on.fb.me/15lGeV0

‘Nuff said.


You Know You Wanna

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HulaHoopsYou know Diva Ø is kind of psychic right?  That’s how I know you want to sign up for BNG’s 2nd Annual Eco-Hustle and today is the day you are finally going to do it!

I know you want to be a part of the coolest event in town but there are a few things holding you back.  Never fear – I am here to set your mind at ease:

1. You don’t need to have all of your team members set before you register.  Be a leader and register now to reserve your space in the event.  Your slacker friends will thank you for it.

2. The Eco-Hustle is not a race.  You will need to think quickly and act quickly, but there is no running from a start to finish line.  However, there may or may not be a dance-off.  Last year hula hoops made an unexpected appearance.

3. You think you know all there is to know about being green.  That’s great. Or you know nothing about being green.  Excellent.  Or you don’t give two shits about being green.  Perfect.  Well actually that’s not cool, but I am confident we can change your mind.  All knowledge levels and green levels are welcome.  The Eco-Hustle is guaranteed fun and guaranteed to impact your life in some way.

4.  The cost is $15 per team, not per individual!  Your team can have anywhere from 2-5 people.  At no more than $7.50 per person, it’s the cheapest fun you can have this side of Gay Street!

So.  What are you waiting for? Go ahead and click me – you know you wanna…

Eco-Hustle 2013!

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EcoHustle3BNG’s 2nd Annual Eco-Hustle
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Baltimore, MD

Black is the New Green is a stylish call to action.  Our mission is to demystify the ‘green’ movement and make environmental awareness and action more feasible and accessible to every demographic. During the Eco-Hustle, participants will race to complete various challenges throughout Baltimore City and engage in a host of environmental activities.

Register your team today! (Teams must have a minimum of 2 people, maximum of 5)

For more information, contact us at bthenewgreen@gmail.com




GreenGeeks in Shining Armor

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greengeeks_hosted_sealRecently, some limp-dicked, hairy-palmed, mouth-breathing, slack-jawed, knuckle-dragging, mother-humping miscreant hacked into my website and placed an unwanted ad on the site.  But never fear – the good folks over at GreenGeeks saved the day.  Without me even asking, my personally assigned GreenGeek of the day, Brendon O., removed the malicious code that was causing this infection.  No muss, no fuss, all love.

You all know Diva don’t shill for nobody…but I will shout it from the mountaintop when businesses and individuals go out of their way to be this fucking cool.  If you are thinking of starting a website, I suggest you check out GreenGeeks.  If you already have a website, I suggest you switch to GreenGeeks (take it from a reformed HoDaddy subscriber).  In addition to taking good care of their customers, GreenGeeks leads the industry in certified green web hosting.  It’s very easy to think that the Internet is inherently green since we are all tooling around with our wireless devices, but you better recognize!  Web hosting has the potential to rival the airline industry in terms of energy consumption and pollution.  For this reason, GreenGeeks is committed to operating in as eco-friendly a way as possible.

Brendon has a special place in a Diva’s heart since he removed the web virus, but other Geek brethren have been just as fly.  Mad props also go to Derek D.B., Galvin R., and shift supervisor Mark L.


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HackedThe Diva’s been hacked! Sad, but true. I appreciate your patience with bthenewgreen.com as I round up my IT posse. Kinda hard to put yourself on blast with obnoxious ads crimping your online style.

Seriously, hackers: We don’t need Levitra to help us get it up for the environment!

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