In this week's Newsletter: Three years after Sandy, where in NYS fall colors are peaking, GDL & CleanTech curricula workshop for teachers and much more!
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Three Years After Sandy: Is NYC Safer?

Three years ago today, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, and if you were here at the time, you surely will remember it as long as you live. Unprecedented flooding, major power outages, almost a week with no subway, tens of billions of dollars in damage and worst of all, the 100 lives lost ,made it one of the worst weather disasters in East Coast history. It also showed us just how unprepared for a major storm event our city actually was.

To commemorate the anniversary of the storm, the New York Times' Room for Debate feature asks six experts in fields like environmental justice, oceanography, climate science and landscape architecture to give their assessment of how well coastal communities are doing today, and whether we've made enough strides towards protecting ourselves from the Next Big One.

Of course, these things don't happen overnight. There's a lot of money from the Federal Government and many projects still coming to fruition, like the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project for the Lower East Side of Manhattan (and Stuyvesant Cove Park).

You can read the debate here.

Print copies of the Hurricane Sandy map (pictured above) are available for purchase here.

Fall Colors Are Peaking in NYS: Where To See Them & When

Halloween is on Saturday- as everyone knows- and October is about to slip into November. Temperatures have stayed pretty warm this fall, and so the fall foliage season is lingering on a little longer than it should be. Which is good news! You can still get on the Metronorth and see some lovely changing fall leaves in New York State.

Here are some of the best places to view the changing colors: the Hudson Valley (near peak), Rockland County (including Bear Mountain State Park), on Long Island and by next week, in NYC. Take a visit to Pelham Bay, Prospect Park, Fort Tryon Park, Stuyvesant Cove Park, or you know...your local park!

The point is, now is the time to get out there and enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery before winter comes and thoroughly crushes your lingering summer buzz.

Teachers! Come to Solar One's Curriculum Workshop This Election Day

Reserve your spot and join teachers from schools across the city for Solar One’s Green Design Lab Professional Development & Curriculum Workshop. Teachers will be introduced to Solar One’s Green Design Lab and CleanTech curricula which explore sustainability and STEM through five areas: Energy, Air, Water, Food and Materials. The lessons, featuring hands-on activities, use the school building as both a learning laboratory and tool for environmental change.

During the PD teachers will:
  • Participate in hands-on STEM activities from our GDL & CleanTech curricula
  • Explore methods for integrating environmental education and sustainability across all subject areas
  • Receive lesson plans from the GDL & CleanTech curricula
  • Discover methods for school greening initiatives and reducing electricity consumption
All Schools: 3rd-12th Grade Teachers are welcome.

At the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Tuesday November 3rd

You can learn more about Solar One's Professional Development training here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Park Volunteer Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free
Help us put the Park to bed for the winter. Pizza lunch provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. RSVP to

Other Events

350NYC Halloween Divestment Rally
City Hall, One Centre Street, Manhattan, 12-2pm, free

Happy Halloween!

Before the Memorial with Peter Walker
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue bet 37th & 38th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-7:30pm, $26

Finding the Green in Real Estate
Real Estate Board of New York , 570 Lexington Avenue bet 50th & 51st Sts, Lower Level, 8-10am, free

Port Ambrose Hearing
Long Beach Hotel, 405 East Broadway bet Lincoln & Franklin Blvds, Long Beach, 6-10pm, free

Adventure Film Festival NYC
Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street bet Forsyth & Eldridge Sts, Manhattan, 7-10pm, ticket prices vary/check link above

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