In this week's Newsletter: Register for classes and get GPRO & BPI certification, using chickens to explain carbon pricing, e-waste recycling's first three years and much more!
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Spring Is Coming, and With It, GPRO: Homes

If you work in a buildings operation field and would like to learn more about "greening" your job, Solar One's Workforce Training Lab has just the program for you this spring. Property and facilities managers, superintendents, building operators- get valuable training, and BPI and GPRO certification.

We'll be offering BPI MFBO and GPRO O&M training in the months of April and May. To accommodate busy work schedules we have divided classes up over several weeks.

GPRO Operations and Maintenance
This 2 ½ day training (including exam) is the ideal green training for property managers and building staff in multi-family residential & high-rise commercial buildings

GPRO Operations and Maintenance: 4/22/2016, 4/28/2016, 4/29/2016

GPRO Operations and Maintenance: 5/3/2016, 5/10/2016, 5/11/2016

BPI Multifamily Building Operator

BPI MFBO is a 6½ day class (including exam) which will prepare participants to deploy best practices in energy and water efficient operations while reducing maintenance and utility costs, and improving health and safety of building occupants. 

BPI Multifamily Building Operator: 4/18/2015, 4/20/2015, 4/25/2016. 4/27/2016, 5/2/2016, 5/4/2016

BPI Multifamily Building Operator: 5/12/2016, 5/17/2016, 5/19/2016, 5/23/2016, 5/25/2016, 5/27/2016

With support from NYSERDA, Solar One is able to offer these classes at a 60% discount.

Click here for class descriptions and pricing.

If you are interested in attending one of our classes please register using this link.

For questions please contact Gary Smith at: or Esther Siskind at:

Carbon Pricing Explained, with Chickens

Carbon pricing and cap-and-trade are often mentioned as part of an "all-of-the-above" approach to fighting climate change. But these concepts can be a little confusing- what does it all actually mean?

Check out this adorable video from Earthfix that clearly explains how taxing carbon emissions can change the economics of fossil fuel energy and provide support for renewables. And while some of us may not eat chicken no matter what its carbon footprint might be, the chickens are still very cute.*

*No chickens were harmed in the making of this video.

E-Waste Recycling Law is Three Years Old, and the Results Are Good

Back in 2011, NYC made it illegal to put electronic waste such as computers, televisions and cell phones in the regular trash, and began an innovative e-waste recycling program. Now the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has released its first report on the program, and guess what? From 2011 to 2014, more than 318 million pounds of e-waste has been collected- and kept out of landfills!

E-waste contains valuable metals and rare earth minerals, limited natural resources that can create jobs, lower emissions and protect groundwater when they are recovered instead of trashed.

The NYS Electronic Recycling and Reuse Act has proven to deliver both positive environmental and economic results in 2011 and 2012. The total amount of CEE collected by manufacturers for recycling or reuse during the 2011 reporting period (April 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011) was 44.8 million pounds, which equates to an approximate 2.3 pounds per capita statewide collection rate. During calendar year 2012, the total amount of CEE collected by manufacturers for recycling or reuse increased to 77.5 million pounds which equates to an approximate 4 pounds per capita statewide collection rate.

You can read the whole story on the DEC website here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

There are no upcoming events at Solar 1. See you in the spring!

Other Events

Offshore Wind for NYC from 5 Perspectives
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue bet 53rd & 54th Sts, Manhattan, 6-9pm, free

22nd Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up
Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West bet Goulden & Paul Aves, Bronx, 11am-5pm, free

Citizens Committee Neighborhood Leadership Institute: Basics of Community Organizing
RSVP to Imani ( /212-822-9567) for location, 11am-3pm, free

Feb NY GMO Labeling Statewide Activist Conference Call for March 8th Rally!
Conference call, 7-9pm, free

Passive, Massive: Workshop on Passive House in Large Buildings
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9am-12pm, $125

Bag the Plastic: The Impact of Plastic Bags on Our Environment
NYU Kimmel Center, Silver Board Room, 60 Washington Square south bet Thompson St & LaGuardia Pl, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free

Sip Beer, Save Elephants
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street bet Berry St & Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, 7:30-10:30pm, $40-$500
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