In this week's Newsletter: Congestion pricing is almost here, the right way to care for clothes (and the planet in the process), the high climate price of coffee and much more!
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Is Congestion Pricing in Manhattan Finally Becoming Reality?


Congestion pricing to ease Manhattan gridlock and provide desperately needed transportation funds has been considered for over a decade, but now the final hurdle seems to be clear:  Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie confirmed that a congestion pricing plan will be part of the new state budget. While the Governor and State Senate were already on record supporting the plan, some Assembly members were less willing.

An estimated 731,000 cars travel daily into the designated Central Business District from across the tri-state area, and each trip could cost upward of $10 per day based on previously suggested plans.

You can read more on the NY Times website here.

Are You Washing Your Clothes Correctly?

As the clothing and textile industry has become fully globalized over the past 25 years or so, clothing labels no longer have care instruction written in English. Instead, manufacturers use a system of runes that can be close to if not completely indecipherable.

Luckily, Treehugger has created two cheerful infographics, one for deciphering the runes on your shirt's care label so you never ruin your clothes in the wash again, and one with the best way to treat various stains. It's all chemistry, and different chemicals work best on different substances.

Taking care of your clothes (washing them in cold water if possible, using wool felt balls instead of dryer sheets, line drying and most of all, replacing less often) is a green lifestyle choice that also keeps cash in your wallet.

The Surprisingly High Carbon Footprint of Coffee

Coffee is the bean that gets us moving in the morning and keeps us moving throughout the day. According to USA Today, 83% of adults in the US drink coffee, making us the biggest coffee consumers on Earth. 

And of course, all that mind-boggling consumption exacts a high climate price, from the deforestation of jungles to plant ever more coffee plantations to the transportation of beans to the preparation of the beverage itself. And of course, coffee prep inviolves lots and lots of water.

But that doesn't mean we can't all take steps to make our coffee habits a bit greener. Some ideas? Buy fair trade, USDA certified organic beans, use a pour over or cold brew method instead of electricity, and switch over from a disposable to a reusable cup.

You can learn more about coffee's climate impact and what you can do to limit it from the NY Times climate newsletter Climate Forward here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

It's spring! Check this space for more information on upcoming Community Volunteer Days in the Park, and beautify the neighborhood while learning about native plants...including edibles!

Upcoming Events

4/6
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Elmhurst
CC Moore Playground, Broadway bet Elmhurst & Vietor Aves, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Mobile Mural Workshop for Ecological City Pageant: Paint Stuyvesant Cove Park
Asser Levy Recreation Center, 392 Asser Levy Place (23rd St bet 1st Ave & Ave C), Manhattan, 12-4pm, free
This workshop is suitable for teens and adults.

4/7
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Lower East Side
Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A bet E. 9th & E. 10th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

4/9
Addressing Severe Coastal Flooding Risk (Manhattan)
US Customs House, 1 Bowling Green bet State & Whitehall Sts, Manhattan, 5-7pm, free

4/10
Smart Building Summit
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 8:30am-4:30pm, $59+

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) 18th Annual Environmental Conference
Manhattan College, Leo Engineering, 3825 Corlear Avenue at 238th St, Bronx, 6-9pm, free

4/11
Demystifying Building Performance Modeling for Sustainable Design
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $10 general admission/free for Urban Green members

Celebrate NYC: Old Meets New, Historic Turned Passive
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $15 general admission/$10 BE-Ex members & students
 
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