NYC landmarks join in on Earth Day

April 22, 2008 8:43:33 AM PDT
Things are getting a bit greener in New York City today in honor of Earth Day. And for the first time, Grand Central Terminal and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge are going green for Earth Day. On the bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn, maintenance workers are replacing conventional lights with energy saving LEDs.

And at Grand Central, Metro-North Railroad has completed the conversion from incandescent light bulbs to longer-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs.

The railroad says the new bulbs also have another green effect. They'll save more than $100,000 a year on utility bills - plus thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

In 1913, when Grand Central Terminal opened, the streets of New York still had gaslights. Metro-North says the bare light bulbs throughout Grand Central Terminal were intended to advertise the fact that electricity had arrived.

Also, stores in New York City will be required to offer recycling bins for plastic bags by this summer.

But starting today: The store Whole Foods will no longer offer any plastic bags -- which can take one-thousand years to decompose.

Also on the green agenda today, lights on the verrazano-narrows bridge are being replaced with energy-saving l-e-d bulbs.