In this week's Newsletter: Solarize Brooklyn CB6 just might make you part of the solar revolution, the climate and a new dark age on Earth, the best Bronx parks you may not know about, fathers and family leave  and much more!
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Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun for All Kick-off Information Session and Solar Sunday


The solarization of Brooklyn continues with two events happening in Park Slope (Brooklyn Community Board 6) over the next couple of weeks: Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun for All, an information session for businesses and homeowners who are interested in transitioning to solar power on Tuesday April 26, and Solar Sunday: Park Slope Open Houses on May 8.

Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun For All is unique as it offers two opportunities for residents and business owners to participate: 1) Community Shared Solar aimed at renters and those without a viable roof for solar; 2) and Here Comes Solar, a group purchasing program.

Speakers:
Sustainable CUNY who will speak about community shared solar (solar for renters those who can't put an array on their roof).

Solar One's Here Comes Solar who will educate you on the ins & outs of purchasing a traditional solar array. HCS signs up clusters of households and businesses to install solar using economies of scale.

Fill out this survey to get the most of the session.

Are you solar-curious? Missed out on signing up last season? A renter who never thought solar was for you? A homeowner with a shady roof?
This session is for you.

Space is limited so please RSVP.

Solar Sunday: Park Slope Open Houses
Deepen your understanding of solar energy and meet some of your neighbors who are already utilizing the power of the sun! 

Participants will tour the rooftop and the basement of select homes to learn more about the installation and equipment associated with solar and have the opportunity to talk to the homeowners about their solar experience.

Here Comes Solar will also explain the community solar campaign that is happening in CB6 and demonstrate how you can adopt solar together as a neighborhood.

This event is organized by Here Comes Solar.

*Space is limited to 10 people/session. RSVPs are required to attend the event. 
**This event involves climbing ladders & stairs, and standing on a roof. 

Schedule:
House 1: 
Park Place between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Session 1:10:00 am - 10:40 am rsvp to this session
Session 2: 10:45 am - 11:25 am rsvp to this session

House 2: 
President Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
Session 1:12:30 pm - 1:10 pm rsvp to this session
Session 2: 1:15 pm- 1:55 pm rsvp to this session

House 3: 
Windsor Place between 7th Avenue & 8th Avenue
Session 1: 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm  rsvp to this session
Session 2: 3:45 pm - 4:25 pm rsvp to this session

Will Climate Change Bring A New Dark Age?

Usually when we think about the effects of climate change, we think of the direct results of warming temperatures, including rising sea levels, sinking land masses, longer and more intense hurricane seasons and loss of habitat due to flooding or droughts. But what about the effects of climate change that subvert the very systems, patterns and cultures of humanity that have been relied upon during the relatively stable climatic period of the last several thousand years?

In a recent report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine stated conclusively that man-made warming is already causing profound changes in global weather systems. But the report stopped there. The implications beyond changing weather patterns has not been considered that carefully...so far.

In this week's New York Times, meteorologist William Gall points out some of the changes that could be just as or even more disruptive than changing weather:

"...as Earth warms, our historical understanding will turn obsolete faster than we can replace it with new knowledge. Some patterns will change significantly; others will be largely unaffected, though it will be difficult to say what will change, by how much, and when."

You can read the whole editorial on the NYT website here. However, keep in mind that all hope is not lost- here's a bunch of reasons to be hopeful about our future on Earth!

10 Wonderful Bronx Parks You May Have Overlooked

The Bronx may not spring to mind as a green borough, but in fact two of the city's biggest parks are located in the northernmost borough (Pelham Bay and Van Cortlandt Park), as well as lots of smaller but very lovely and interesting green spaces. The Bronx- it's greener than you think!

If names like Soundview, Tremont and Crotona don't mean anything to you, you're in for a treat. Bronx parks are full of wilderness areas, riverfront views and even sometimes rare native plants!

To find the best of them, check out this cool interactive map from CurbedNY. Then pack some lunch, grab a friend and go explore your city!

 

 

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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

4/23
Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Volunteer Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 10am-1pm, free
Pizza lunch provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. RSVP to liza@solar1.org.

Other Events

4/22-24
The Bronx 3-Day Startup (Going Green)
BXL Bronx Business Incubator, 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd Fl, bet Tiffany & Barretto Sts, the Bronx, 5pm-8pm, free

4/23
Film Screening: Alone in Fukushima
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), 123 Fourth Ave, 2nd Fl, bet E. 12th & E. 13th Sts above Think Coffee, 1-3:30pm, $15

4/24
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Woodside
Forest Park, Forest Park Drive Bandshell Parking Lot bet 86th & 87th Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

4/26
Black Lives Matter 101 - Class #2 - Slow Death: Black Health and Environmental Justice
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, University Center, UL105, 63 Fifth Avenue bet E. 13th & E. 14th Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

Premiere of Josh Fox's New Film "How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change)"
IFC Center, 23 Ave of the Americas at W. 3rd St, Manhattan, 7-9:30, $12.60 

4/27
Broadway's Spring Textile Recycling Drive
Minskoff Breezeway, 200 West 45th Street, enter breezeway from 44th St just west of Broadway, Manhattan, 11am-2pm, free

Parks Workshop- Partnering for Success
South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street bet Hanson Pl & Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm, free

4/28
Congressional District 13 and the Environment
Manhattan Pentecostal Church, 541 West 125th Street bet Amsterdam Ave & Old Broadway, Manhattan, 6-8:30pm, free

4/30
Big ReUse Big Relaunch
Big ReUse Brooklyn, 69 Ninth Street bet Smith St & 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, 5-10pm, $15+

Fathers and Family Leave: Making It Work

Council Member Garodnick to Host Panel on Family Leave

The presence of a father at home in the early days of a child’s life can be essential to the bonding between father and baby, and to relieving the stress on women at home and at work. Companies that offer paternity leave see less employee turnover. Yet paternity leave benefits are not widely available and, even when available, often unused.

In light of the recent passage of New York State’s budget for the next fiscal year, which includes Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for 12 weeks of paid family leave, leading thinkers in this field will discuss the cultural and business factors working against fathers taking leave, and how we can improve the availability and uptake of family leave for fathers.

When: Tuesday, April 26, 8:00am-10:00am.
 
Where: Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building of The Museum of Modern Art, at 4 West 54 Street (bet 5th & 6th Aves).

Panelists:
Council Member Dan Garodnick

Anil Dash, entrepreneur and activist

Simon Isaacs, Co-Founder of Fatherly.com

Professor Michael Kimmel, Director of the Center for Studies of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University

Dr. Kenneth Matos, Vice President of Research at Life Meets Work

Michael Neuwirth, Senior Director of Public Relations at Dannon North America

Christopher Persley, Father Focus Lead, Center for Parental Leave Leadership

RSVPs encouraged. For more information, please contact Liam Bland at 212-818-0580.
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