In this week's Newsletter: Thanks to everyone who supported Solar One by attending the Oktoberfest, 6 years after Sandy, climate chaos could threaten the global beer supply and much more!
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Thank You for Coming to the Oktoberfest

A huge thank you to all the sponsors, supporters and guests who came out to the Oktoberfest tent to support Solar One's programs. Your participation means the world to us!

This year we had more people and raised more money than ever before at an Oktoberfest fundraiser. Special thanks to Con Edison and StuyTown Property Services, our wonderful Lederhosen sponsors, to Zum Schneider for their generous underwriting of the event, and to every single sponsor, speaker, attendee and supporter- thanks for another great Oktoberfest! 


6 Years After Sandy

Monday October 29th was the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, and we all continue to contend with the aftermath of the storm and its massive effects on one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas on earth. 

As it happens, in Stuyvesant Cove Park, Saturday's nor'easter flooded the waterside beds and left piles of debris on the paths- a reminder that another big storm will certainly hit us again, sooner or later.

But New Yorkers are a resilient and stubborn bunch, and not even the power of nature can chase us away from our neighborhoods. This week, the Associated Press spoke to six people who weathered the storm and continue to rebuild their communities today. Their stories are not just a reminder of what we survived in 2012, but what we'll very possibly face again in the not-so-distant future.

Could Climate Chaos Threaten the Global Beer Supply?

Often, when trying to picture the future and the potential problems a warming planet could pose to human life, we focus on the effects that will occur in developing countries, where widespread famine and drought will likely strike earliest and hardest, and less on the standard of living in the developed parts of the world. But what if a changing climate were to threaten the supply, and destabilize the price, of one of the First World's favorite commodities - beer?

In a report in Nature Plants, researchers in China, Britain and the United States say that by the end of the century, drought and heat could hurt barley crops enough to cause intense pain to beer drinkers. Imagine a worst case of a 20 percent drop in supply in the United States, or a doubling of prices per bottle in Ireland. 

Now maybe that will make some otherwise indifferent beer drinkers become climate activists? You can read more about the report and the researchers behind it on the New York Times website here.
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Upcoming Events

Designing with Light (Efficiently)
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $15 general admission/$10 partners/ students free with ID

Passive House Towering in NYC
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 5-7pm, $15 general admission/$10 partners/ students free with ID

Just Food G.A.L.A. (Gathering to Activate, Liberate & Appreciate)
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan, 7:30-10pm, $65+

Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Commercial
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $75 general admission

Waterfront: The 400 Year Struggle over NYC’s Greatest Asset
The Graduate Center, CUNY, Skylight Room, 365 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, bet 34th & 35th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, free

E-Waste Collection with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Baisley Pond Park
Baisley Boulevard bet 155 & 157th Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Tidal Toast: A Newtown Creek Celebration
Broadway Stages, 520 Kingsland Avenue bet N. Henry St & Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, 6-10pm, $75+

E-Waste Collection 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

Zero Waste Design in Practice
Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street bet 4th Ave & Broadway, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15 general admission/$10 Urban Green Council member

Human-Centric Lighting
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $20 general admission/students and IESNYC members free
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