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A two-person crew from TVN-Tatarstan TV plans to travel to Washington, DC; New York City; and Boston, MA to explore citizen engagement in sustainable urban environments and the creation of new recreational zones for public use, pedestrian zones and bike lanes. They will also look at recycling and waste minimization technologies.

On their second day, while visiting Washington D.C., Michael Liubimov interviewed Jeff Ciabotti of the Toole Group about his design is bike and pedestrian trails along the Georgetown waterfront.

On day three, they interviewed representatives of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and the director of Civic Fest in Washington DC.

In Times Square, Michael Liubimov interviewed Elvira Sabirova, a native of Tatarstan, about the changes she has seen in New York City during the 11 years she has lived there. The team then interviewed Artie Rollins, Assistant Commissioner of Citywide Services, about the Randall’s Island green-roof. The roof has cut energy consumption in the building by 40% while also aiding the bee population and reducing the building’s carbon emissions.

The following day, they spoke with Artie Rollins, Assistant Commissioner of Citywide Services, about the Randall’s Island green-roof. The roof has cut energy consumption in the building by 40% while aiding the bee population and reducing the building’s carbon emissions.

Continuing their time in New York, the team interviewed Tom DeVito with Transportation Alternatives and Robert Freudenberg, Vice President of Energy & Environment at the Regional Plan Association, about the challenges of designing sustainable systems in the NY, CT, NJ region that serve all regions. Michael Liubimov braved the rain to interview Asima Jansveld, VP of the High Line Network, at the head of the trail on the lower East Side of Manhattan.

In Lexington, Massachusetts, the team met with Tom Fortmann, one of the founders of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, one of the most popular and successful rail-trails in the US and David Maffeo, Sr Director of Support Services at the Boston Medical Center, about their rooftop farm, which provides fresh produce to 7000 families in the community.  The greenroof also reduces the BMC’s energy consumption and contributes to a decrease in the BMC’s carbon emissions. Continuing this theme, they interviewed the Russian owner of a merchandise cart at Quincy Market in Boston. The destruction of the old elevated highway and its replacement with underground tunnels has made possible the renaissance of the market area, now a popular destination point for both tourists and locals.

To cap it off they filmed a standup along one of the Chinatown sections of Boston’s Greenway, a green roof atop a highway tunnel.

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