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Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurants! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature - and your taste buds!

THE COPPER OVEN

Ovid, NY

CRABTREE'S KITTLE HOUSE

Chappaqua, NY

THE GREEN TABLE

New York City, NY

Water for Tomorrow

© Carl Heilman II

Each day, more than 15 billion gallons of water are withdrawn from New York's lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater. This water is a fundamental resource for life, including the crops that New York farmers grow. That is why The Nature Conservancy has launched Water for Tomorrow, a program to reform the way freshwater is managed in New York State and help protect our water for New Yorkers in the future.
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Sustainability Deserves 5 Stars

From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award.

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The Future is Clam-tastic!

New Regulations Protect Clamming in the Great South Bay

Littleneck clams, Long Island.
© Jessica Dailey

If you enjoy clams on the half shell or a good cup of clam chowder on a cool autumn day, your taste buds may be happy for years to come. That's thanks to the work of the Great South Bay Hard Clam Restoration Working Group whose members recently helped enact laws to keep the clam population sustainable and thriving for the first time in the history of Great South Bay.

The group, spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, along with Suffolk County and Great South Bay towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, and Islip, and others helped put into place a 21st century approach to the management of clam harvests. The formula is simple: when clams are abundant, they can be harvested more heavily. When clam populations are scarce, fewer clams can be legally taken. Learn more.

Rooftop Gardening Gains Traction

Edible Gardens Popping up All Over the City

© eltpicks via Flickr Creative Commons.

The importance of eating locally, or being a "locavore," has become increasingly clear over the past few years. Not only does it help reduce your carbon footprint, but also eating locally is healthier and tastier.

"But I live in New York City," you're thinking, "I don't have room for a vegetable garden!" Fear not, New Yorkers! What makes edible gardens a great option for city dwellers, is that they can be planted anywhere - in your backyard or on your building's rooftops - but also in window boxes, small pots, or even inside on the windowsill of your apartment. Learn more.

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