In this week's Newsletter: Volunteer in Stuyvesant Cove Park this season, GDL teaches hands on solar at Poly Prep, be part of the Ecological City on May 11th and much more!
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It's Spring! Come Volunteer in Styuyvesant Cove Park

Lately it seems like spring takes forever to come and only lasts for the blink of an eye, but nevertheless: Spring is here, and it's the perfect time to come to Stuyvesant Cove Park, learn about our native food forest and get your hands dirty weeding, planting, watering and...did we mention weeding?

Community Volunteer events are held on the last Saturday of the month from now through October. Tasks are available for all ages, and we'll feed you pizza at the end. Water bottles, closed toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are all highly recommended- light rain is actually great weather for gardening.

The next event will be held on May 25th, and you can email Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy for more information and to be added to the Park volunteer list, or to arrange a corporate or service learning volunteer event. We look forward to seeing you in the Park!

Check out the Green Design Lab's First Solar Schoolyard Project

The Green Design Lab is one of our most successful programs, and we couldn't be prouder of them than we are right now: Educators worked with 9-12th graders at Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn to create two 100 watt solar tables during an all-day solar seminar. One system is AC and the other DC with 3 USB charging ports. The tables were designed by Alex Nathanson.

During the morning, the team and the students discussed benefits of solar, then explored the current state of solar in NYC and where the technology and solar industry are headed. Students then went outside to complete a site assessment of their school's campus using a solar pathfinder to determine the best site for solar. Afterwards, students learned about each solar system component and what it does before wiring the system together.

 Congratulations to Karen, Geo, Bruno and Alex (pictured above), and to the students of Poly Prep! Nice work!

Ecological City Pageant Returns on Saturday May 11

Earth Celebrations’ Ecological City, a climate action, ecological urban pilgrimage and performance art event, offers a spectacular 6 hour procession featuring visual art, giant puppets and costumes with 20 site performances of dance, music, theater and poetry celebrating sustainability solutions throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and East River Park waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Attendees are invited to participate in this transformational immersive experience by wearing a costume, acting as a marshal or representing a river species. You can sign up to be part of it on Facebook here, or email Earth Celebrations here.

If there's enough interest, we may lead a contingent down from Stuyvesant Cove Park to meet up with the procession at the 6th Street entrance of East River Park. Please email Events Director Dina Elkan if you are interested. If 10 or more people want to do it, we will!
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Green, Blue or Gray Way? Clash of the Titans in East River Park
Starts at Asser Levy Playground, ends in East River Park, 11am-1pm, free
Dan Tainow & Wendy Brawer lead a Jane's Walk about coastal resiliency and the east side waterfront.

A Wild Edible Walking Tour- East River to the Lower East Side
Starts at Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd St & the East River, ends at Williamsburg Bridge, 11am-1pm, free
Joann Fynke & Victor Weiss lead a Jane's Walk about edible plants and local history.

Upcoming Events

Jane's Walk
Various locations and routes across the city, 9am-8pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Jamaica
172-12 Linden Boulevard bet 172nd & 173rd Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

8th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep
Various waterfront locations across the city, 9am-1pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Cobble Hill
PS 29, Baltic Street bet Henry & Clinton Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

NYC Ferry Coney Island Route: Community Workshop
Coney Island YMCA, 2980 West 29th Street bet Surf & Mermaid Aves, Brooklyn, 7-8:30pm, free

2019 Waterfront Conference: Rising Seas, Rising Risks – Adapting Our Region
Aboard the Hornblower Infinity, Hudson River Park Pier 40, 353 West Street bet Houston & Clarkson Sts, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $50+

Revisiting Hart Island
New York Public Library, 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, 6:30-8pm, free

NYC's Building Emissions Law: What You Need to Know
32BJ SEIU, 25 West 18th Street, 5th Floor Auditorium, bet 5th & 6th Aves, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15 general admission/$10 Urban Green members

Sunset Park Solar: Community Energy Comes to Brooklyn
Citytech Academic Complax, 300 Jay Street bet Tillary & Johnson Sts, Brooklyn, 8:30-10am, free
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