In this week's Newsletter: Environmental justice in the state's new energy plan, bring your waterfront ideas to the MWA 2015 Waterfront Conference, come to the CHP Power Breakfast and Tour in downtown Brooklyn, and much more!
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New York's New Energy Plan Will Be Served with a Side of Environmental Justice




If you're not yet familiar with New York's bold new energy plan, it's an impressive attempt to update our grid system and make it cleaner and more resilient, with a lot more solar pv systems in particular. That's necessitated re-imagining the relationship between the utilities we need to build and maintain the grid, and the consumer, who will in the not-too-distant future be able to sell electricity to the gird instead of buying it (want to be part of the new vision? Learn about Solar One's Here Comes Solar initiative here!).

One of the key components of the plan will specifically help a group of communities that have been fighting for better air and water quality, and cheaper electricity- low income, and mostly minority, residents who are unduly burdened with the second-highest electricity prices in the nation. 

You can read more about the plan on NRDC's website here.

And you can learn a lot more about the REV plan on the Clean Energy Connections website here.

Got an Idea to Improve the Waterfront? MWA's Waterfront Conference Is May 7

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA)’s Waterfront Conference is the region’s largest annual gathering of waterfront experts, scientists, civic leaders, government officials, and activists to share ideas and develop strategies for improving the waterfront.

This year there will be discussion on a range of topics, including the integration of a five borough ferry service into the city’s existing transportation network; the state of the working waterfront; the most challenging climate change questions; implementing greener shorelines; and MWA’s newly launched Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) program. 

Individual tickets from $35-$120. Please find the invitation here and a draft of the conference program here.
 

Learn How to Keep Your Electricity Running at NYSERDA’s CHP Power Breakfast and Tour

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can help building owners and facility managers generate electricity, save money and ensure the delivery of critical services in the event of a grid outage. Attend NYSERDA’s breakfast to learn about CHP and the financial/technical support available for the installation of CHP systems sized 50 kW and larger. See how buildings count on CHP systems to:

• Generate electricity every day of the year.
• Save money.
• Protect the environment.
• Operate when the grid goes down.
• Provide enhanced reliability over diesel standby generators.  

A brief introduction to CHP technology will be followed by a discussion of available financial and technical resources to support system installations. The program will conclude with a tour of the CHP system at the Toren Condominium.

We will also be discussing the NYC Clean Heat program, which provides technical and financial assistance to buildings still using No. 4 and No. 6 oil and can assist with conversion to natural gas - an essential part of a CHP installation.

For a full schedule and to register, please click here. This event will held at Toren Condominium, 150 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn from 9am-12pm on Tuesday April 7, and is free and open to the public.

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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

3/28
First Park Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove
Stuyvesant Cove Park, south of 23rd St & the East River, 9am-1pm, free
Please RSVP to daisy@solar1.org. Pizza lunch provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association.


Other Events


3/27
Women in Sustainability and Energy (WISE) Series: The Big Tent
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 8:30-10am, $15 general admission/$10 partner organizations

Measuring Good Things in Your Garden: Why Data Collection Matters
The Doe Fund, 2960 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free 

3/28
Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Studies Sustainability Crash Course 2015
Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave Engineering Building, Brooklyn, 9:30am-4:30pm, free

Spring E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Inwood)
Inwood Hill Park, entrance at Seaman and Isham Streets, 10am-4pm, free
For a list of accepted electronics, please click here.

3/29
Spring E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Lower East Side)
Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A bet East 9th & East 10th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free
For a list of accepted electronics, please click here.

3/30
Green City Challenge Meetup Dinner
Peace Food Cafe, 460 Amsterdam Avenue at 82nd St, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free (pay for what you order, of course) 

4/1
DesignPrep101: New Design Workshops for Middle School Students
Cooper Hewitt Design Center, 111 Central Park North, Manhattan, 4-6:30pm, free
Open house for middle school students (with guardians), parents, teachers and school administrators are all invited. Light refreshments will be served.

EnerPHit: The Passive House Standard for Energy Retrofits - AIA Credits
CFA The Center for Architecture, 10012 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & West 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 8-9am, $15 for non-NYPH members

4/2
New York City Safe Energy Coalition Meeting
NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Seminar Room 120, 245 Sullivan St, bet West 3rd & West 4th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free
 
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