In this week's newsletter: It's here- the NYS CL&CPA, climate, science and civics professional development training for NYC middle & high school teachers, living concrete and much more!
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The NYS Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act Goes into Effect

It's been a long journey, but after four years of twists and turns the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is the law. The goals it sets are lofty: Get to 100% renewable energy by 2040, and to net-zero emission by 2050. Now comes the difficult work of figuring out how to implement the law, with an eye toward environmental justice.

To begin, the CLCPA will designate a Climate Action Council, consisting of 22 members including the heads of state agencies, the majority and minority leaders of the state senate and assembly, and various appointed experts — including at least one fuel gas executive. The Climate Action Council is required to come up with its first “scoping plan” for reducing emissions within two years, and then to revisit the plan every five years subsequently.

The advisory group will consist of representatives from local environmental organizations that advocate for low-income communities of color, some business representatives, local government environmental officials, and members of either state or federal environmental organizations. The group will be tasked with developing a model environmental justice policy for state agencies by the end of 2020. Once the state adopts the group’s model policy, each agency will have six months to come up with its own environmental justice policy, but if an agency fails to come up with one, it will have to comply with the advisory group’s version.

You can find the full CLCPA on the NRDC website here, and you can read more about the implementation of the law on Grist.org here.

Connecting Climate to Science & Civics

Nonprofits Solar One and Global Kids are hosting a training for NYC middle and high school teachers (all subjects) who are looking for ways to tie the youth climate activist movement to their curriculum. The training will focus on classroom activities and resources that promote climate actions, civic engagement and youth leadership. Participants will learn about the city’s climate action plans and what students and teachers can do to support local climate initiatives. 

Topics include: climate science and local climate impacts, energy conservation, solar power in NYC, contacting elected officials, researching campaigns and social movements and advocating for funding sustainability projects. Participants will receive lesson plans and CTLE credits.

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Grow With Google Learning Center
111 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011  
Register Here!

Living Concrete Is Now a Thing

Photosynthesis is a remarkable process, responsible for making plants green and transforming sunlight into energy and carbon dioxide into oxygen. And now photosynthesis may play a role in another energy-intensive process: manufacturing concrete.

Researchers at the University of Colorado have figured out a way to get cyanobacteria, microbes that use photosynthesis to capture energy. Put in a mixture of sand, water and nutrients and exposed to light, the microbes will produce calcium carbonate, which works as a binder to create the concrete. Photosynthesis also stores carbon, making this material a low carbon alternative to conventional concrete, which is very carbon-intensive. To make the matrix of materials more stable and faster-acting, the researchers added gelatin, which led to being able to make bigger and bigger forms.

The microbes slowly die off as the concrete dries, but enough remain alive that the growth process can be restarted. With enough heat and light, each block can be made to grow three generations of further blocks.

You can read more about this fascinating process on the NY Times website here.
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Solar One Events

We currently have no upcoming events scheduled. See you in the Spring!

Upcoming Events

1/18
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Upper West Side
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 207 West 96th Street bet Amsterdam Ave & Broadway, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

1/20
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

1/21
Measure for Measure: A Discussion of Resilience Plans for the Tri-State Area
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $10 general admission/students with valid ID free

1/22
Buildings of Excellence: Mahesh Ramanujam on the Future of Carbon Neutral Buildings
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

1/23
Green Series: Emily Raboteau on “Lessons in Survival”
Leonard Library*, 81 Devoe Street at Leonard St, Brooklyn, 6:30-8pm, free

1/24
Thermal Bridge Modeling for Architects: Psi Values
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 1-5pm, $75

*Leonard Library is the actual library visited by Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
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