In this week's Newsletter: Coal is mostly down and renewables are mostly up across the US, support Vote Solar at Equinox East next week, check out the new Green Design Lab website and much more!
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How US Power Generation Has Changed Over the Last Decade: Renewables Are Up, Coal Is Down


Over the past ten years, we've seen a sea change in the country's electricity mix- in 40 states, the use of coal, one of the most polluting fuels available, is down. In some, natural gas has filled a lot of the void, but in others, renewables are making strong gains that we only expect to get stronger.

NPR has provided this nifty chart that shows the electricity mix for each state, and how it;s changed between 2004 and 2014. We can't wait to see what it looks like in another 10 years!

Vote Solar Equinox East Party Coming Up in Brooklyn in 1 Week

Vote Solar's Equinox East is just one week away - will we see you there?
 
Always good for a party, Vote Solar has all kind of fun planned - music from Brooklyn's own Conjunto Guantanamo, classic cocktails and tasty tapas that'll take you right back to Habana Vieja. So brush off that fedora and join in the fun ...
 
When: Sept 23, 2015 - 6-10 PM
Where: The Dumbo Loft - Brooklyn
 
Equinox East is more than just a great time - the celebration directly supports Vote Solar's work bringing solar energy into the mainstream across the U.S. Great party. Great cause. Great people. What more reason do you need? 

Check Out the New, Enhanced Green Design Lab Website

School's back in session, and Solar One is pleased and proud to kick off the new school year by launching our brand new Green Design Lab website!

Since its inception 6 years ago,  the Green Design Lab has grown to reach teachers and students in over 400 schools. During this time, Solar One Educators have provided professional development training for teachers on our hands-on curriculum, in-class programming for students, and support for energy reduction and school sustainability projects. With the development and growth of the Green Design Lab Sustainable Schools Network (SSN), Solar One Educators have reached teachers across the United States.

As we continue to grow and develop the Green Design Lab program, the new website will serve as a hub for teachers seeking to bring sustainability and STEM into the classroom. Members of the Sustainable Schools Network (SSN) will continue to have access to existing and enhanced resources including: K-12 Green Design Lab curriculum, online video tutorials, standards alignment documents, educational videos, and much more! 

So if you're teaching a K-12 class and haven't joined the Network yet, now is a great time to do so! You can sign up here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

9/20
Sunday Morning Birdwalk with Ann Lazarus
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 20th Street & Avenue C entrance, 8:30-10:30am, free

9/26
Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Volunteer Day
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free
RSVP to dina@solar1.org.

Other Events


9/19
Plumb Beach Clean-Up (Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn)
Plumb Beach, Belt Parkway, Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn, 9am-12pm, free

Boswyck Farms Fall Harvest Party
Boswyck Farms, 38-01 23rd Avenue #203 bet Steinway & 38th Sts, Astoria, Queens, 5-11:55pm, free

9/20
Gowanus Canal Conservancy September Compost Windrow Build
Salt Lot, Second Avenue at 5th St, Brooklyn, 11am-3pm, free

9/21
Faces: Three Short Films About the People Impacted by Climate Change
NYIT Auditorium, 1871 Broadway at 61st St, Manhattan, 6:30-9:30pm, free

9/22
Your Choices Matter
Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall (Broadway Room), 2920 Broadway bet 114th & 115th Sts, Manhattan, 3-6pm, free

9/23
Kronos Quartet and Aeon Ensemble Present "Music for a Sustainable Planet"
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway bet 94th & 05th Sts, Manhattan, 7:30-9pm, $40 general admission/$25 members

9/24
Activate Your Park: Developing Great Programs Manhattan Workshop
The Arsenal Gallery, 830 5th Avenue at 64th St, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, free
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