In this week's Newsletter: Climate Museum to open in NYC, solar-powered composting in Gowanus, NYS's new disaster response and recovery approach and much more!
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NYC Will Be Home to First US Climate Museum


On July 20th, the New York Board of Regents approved a charter for a new museum to focus on climate change solutions and interactive exhibits to make the issue iof the environment more personal to visitors.

The museum, which Executive Director Miranda Massie aims to launch in an interim space of 10,000 to 20,000 square feet within the next two years, will be the first of its kind in the United States. Backing her up is a heavy-hitting team of advisors and trustees, including environmental, legal, and communications leaders from the likes of Columbia University, New York’s Environmental Justice Alliance, NYU’s Tisch, NRDC, the London Science Museum, the National Audubon Society, and Harvard’s Kennedy School. 

Potential installations include interactive games that help visitors come to grips with the fact that they’re awful at assessing risk and narrative-based exhibits that draw connections between, say, climate and the military or climate and social justice. The idea is to have “as many footholds and handholds as possible.” But these are still early days.

The museum will ultimately need to move to a permanent space of more than 120,000 sq feet if it is to reach the goal of a million visitors a year. You can read more about the project on Grist.org here, and learn more about the design process for the final museum on NextCity.org here.

Solar-Powered Composting Is Coming to Gowanus

The Gowanus Canal is often in the news, thanks to being one of the most polluted waterways in America. At the same time, it's one of the hottest neighborhoods in Brooklyn! So it's nice to hear about another environmental project coming to the area. This time, it's not building materials salvage or e-waste recycling, it's solar-powered composting.

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the NYC Department of Sanitation are collaborating to turn an unused DoS lot (okay, they use it to store ice melter in the winter) into a composting facility. Composting has been happening on the site for the past six years through a volunteer-run program led by the conservancy, but the new facility will quadruple the size of the existing operation and make it more efficient, said conservancy executive director Andrea Parker.

You can read the whole story from DNAInfo.com here.

NY Responds: A Comprehensive New Approach to Disaster Response & Recovery

Emergency management software for everyone! That's what Governor Cuomo announced this week as just one part of "NY Responds", a brand new, comrehensive approach to disaster response and recovery.

The state will also invest in $50 million in storm readiness equipment in advance of the winter storm season.

“When disaster strikes, we must be able to respond quickly and effectively in order to keep New Yorkers safe, and that is what today is all about,” said Governor Cuomo. “Through NY Responds, every county in this state will have access to first-class emergency management technology, which will help both local and state officials stay as informed and coordinated as possible when responding to difficult situations. This is part of how we are building this state to be stronger and smarter than ever before.” 

You can read the full announcement on the Governor's website here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

8/29
Sensation d'Ete: J'ouvert Jammishness
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River (kayaks will launch from the beach near 20th Street), 1:30-4:30pm, free


8/29
Walk-Up Paddling at Stuyvesant Cove
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River (kayaks will launch from the beach near 20th Street), 10am-4pm, $60

Other Events


8/23
NYC Friends of Clearwater 7th Annual Water Festival
Lower East Side Ecology Center (on the East River, park entrance on Cherry St, Manhattan, 2-7:30pm, free

8/25
Society of Environmental Journalists NYC Meetup
The Chester, 45 East 33rd Street bet Park & Madison Aves, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free

8/26
High Bridge Walking Tour
High Bridge, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 173rd St, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, $40

8/27
CHP Talk, Tour & Reception at Whole Foods Brooklyn
Whole Foods Market, 314 3rd Street near 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 4:30pm-8pm, free
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