In this week's Newsletter: The NYC Environmental Justice Alliance responds to the Trump era with a climate action plan, learn green job skills with Solar One's spring GPRO & BPI trainings, volunteers celebrate Earth Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park  and much more!
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NYC Environmental Justice Alliance Outlines Climate Action Plan for the Trump Era

While environmental protections have benefits for everyone, some communities, where chemical contamination, air and food quality and coastal flooding are already major problems, are more affected by the most immediate risks from climate change than others. And the Trump administration has made clear its intention to cut funding for programs that disproportionately impact poor and disadvantaged communities.

This week, the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance released a report calling on the city to focus on five areas of concern: urban heat island mitigation; food system resiliency; renewable energy and energy resiliency; air quality and low-emission zones; and coastal resiliency. The group also proposes the creation of a city fund dedicated to climate and resiliency issues as hundreds of millions in federal dollars stand to be cut.

As noted in the report, the mayor has proposed aggressive policies around green infrastructure, zero waste, renewable energy and flood mitigation, all within a lens of equity for low-income communities. But the report is meant to focus on areas where the group believes there has not been sufficient progress, with a goal of pushing City Hall even further as support from Washington dwindles.

You can read more about this on here.

Sign Up for Spring GPRO & BPI Workforce Trainings

Solar One is pleased to offer GPRO Operations and Maintenance Essentials class this spring. This 2 day training (including exam) is the ideal green training for property managers and building staff in multi-family residential & high-rise commercial buildings including building superintendents and staff, operators, as well as facility and property managers. The course covers green building fundamentals, green operations and maintenance, building performance metrics, as well as other green building concepts.

GPRO Fundamentals + O&M Essentials Training Course (2 days)
Monday May 22, 2017 9am-4pm & Tuesday May 23, 2017 9am-4pm
Cost: $350
Register online here.

Solar One is also offering BPI Multifamily Building Operator (MFBO) courses this fall. BPI MFBO is a 6 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.  Participants will obtain a better understanding of energy efficiency principles such as the whole building approach, combustion safety and efficiency, building air flow standard, and many other concepts.

BPI Multifamily Building Analyst Training Course (5 days + practical exam)
Thursday June 1, 2017 & Friday June 2, 2017 9am-4pm
Monday June 5, 2017 & Tuesday June 6, 2017 9am-4pm
Monday June 12, 2017 & Tuesday June 13, 2017 (practical exam) 9am-4pm
Cost: $1,350
Register online here.

NYCares, UNIS, CB6 & Park Angels Volunteer in Stuyvesant Cove Park to Celebrate Earth Day

This past weekend marked the first Community Volunteer Day of the season at Stuyvesant Cove Park, and there couldn’t have been a better turnout! April 22, also Earth Day, brought together over sixty volunteers from Community Board 6, NY Cares, the United Nations International School, and community members including our Park Angels, many of whom have been coming to Stuy Cove on Saturdays since the park was built over fifteen years ago. Despite the April showers we accomplished an amazing amount of work; including cutting back the gardens to prepare for this year’s new growth, weeding, litter pickup, preparing the Solar One stage for a fresh coat of paint and even some much-needed hardscape repairs.

It was wonderful to have so many different groups working together; over the course of the morning many new friendships were made and one volunteer remarked afterwards that it felt like the park was her own garden for a few hours. Our youngest volunteer, who is 4 years old, had so much fun that he brought his entire family back to weed again in the Children’s Garden the next morning. One of the most unique and special things about Stuyvesant Cove Park is the community that surrounds it, and we are so grateful for all of the hard work our volunteers put in to support this valuable green space. There are many different ways to get involved at the Park throughout the season. Community events are listed on the Solar One events calendar, and other inquires can be made by emailing Park Manager Liza, at

Upcoming on Sunday May 7 th is a very special event called Wildflower Day, which is part of a larger city-wide, week-long series of events celebrating the native flora of NYC. At Stuyvesant Cove Park from 10am-1pm we will have games, face painting, t-shirt making and gardening activities, including planting, watering and weeding. Wildflower Day also marks the time for our annual ladybug release! Ladybugs are beneficial insects that help to combat garden pests such as aphids, and are part of a method of organic gardening called Integrated Pest Management. Because it’s so much fun to set ladybugs free in the park, we save our release for this special day. We need to make sure all 9,000 ladybugs find homes throughout the park, so we hope there will be many volunteers to help us disperse them! This event is family friendly and those of all ages and abilities are invited to come spend the morning in the Park.

Please RSVP to and bring a blank t-shirt!
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Final Fridays Micro Film Series: Dirt! The Story of Soil
Solar 1, 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East south of 23rd St at the East River, 6:30pm, $10 donation includes popcorn and 1 drink

Riverkeeper Sweep
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free with RSVP

Other Events

Green Light: LED Lighting- Evaluation & Selection
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $30+

Green Light: Advanced Controls- Types & Functions
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 11am-12:30pm, $30+

Green Light: Lighting Retrofits- Strategies & Applications
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 1:30-3pm, $30+

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Flatbush
Flatbush Food Co-op, Cortelyou Road bet Rugby & Marlborough Rds, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: East Williamsburg
Grand Street bet Lorimer & Leonard Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Woodhaven
George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot, Forsest Park Drive near Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Five Borough Green Roof Tour
Meet at 125th Street 4/5/6 MetroNorth Station, shuttle transportation will be provided from there, Manhattan, 8:30-10am, $5+

Harlem Creek Tour – Part I
296 Central Park West bet W. 97th & W. 100th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, $30
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