In this week's Newsletter:  Our solar programs featured in Solar Power World, 8% more Americans recently changed their minds on climate change, volunteer to help clean up Plumb Beach Marsh for World Wetlands Day and much more!
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S1 in the News: Learn All About Solar in NYC in Solar Power World


This week, Solar Power World published this article, written by Solar One Communications Manager Michael Barry, going into detail about solar development in NYC and Solar One's role in that process over the past decade.

It wasn't that long ago that very few people really believed that solar power could have a place in the urban environment that would make a real impact, especially on the lives of lower-income New Yorkers. But now, initiatives like Solar Uptown Now, in cooperation with groups like WEACT, UHAB and Solarize NYC are bringing clean, affordable solar electricity to communities that have long been last in line for innovations that can improve quality of life for residents.

Because Solar One is involved in so many environmental programs and initiatives throughout the city, if you've only encountered our work in schools, or volunteered at Stuyvesant Cove Park, please take a few minutes to read up on our solar programs- it's some of the most exciting work we do!

Cognitive Shift? 8 Percent More Americans Believe in Anthropogenic Climate Change

In the Reddit thread titled “Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind?” the most popular comment comes from chucklesthe2nd (probably not his real name). Chuck, as we’ll call him, essentially inherited his dad’s views on climate change.

“I grew up actively and obnoxiously denying climate change because my dad told me it wasn’t real,” Chuck wrote last year. Then, during a high school science course, he learned about feedback loops: “It suddenly hit me. As the atmosphere heats up, more CO2 is released, which heats up the atmosphere, which releases more CO2, which heats up the atmosphere, which releases more CO2, which heats up the atmosphere, which releases more CO2……etc.”

It looks like Chuck is at the forefront of an encouraging trend. A recent Monmouth poll found that 78 percent of Americans believe climate change is real and leading to sea-level rise and more extreme weather. That’s up from 70 percent three years ago. The headline-grabbing takeaway: A majority of Republicans — 64 percent — are now believers, a 15-point jump from 2015.

To learn more about these converts, researchers at Yale and George Mason crunched the numbers from a blend of responses to surveys conducted between 2011 and 2015. They found that 8 percent of Americans said they had recently changed their opinion on the matter, according to a new analysis from Yale University and George Mason University. Nearly all of the recent converts said global warming had become a bigger concern for them.

To learn more about who these former climate skeptics are, read the rest of the article on Grist.org here.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day: Volunteer for the Plumb Beach Marsh Cleanup

On World Wetlands Day 2019, Saturday February 2 from 10am-12pm, join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the American Littoral Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Assembly Member Jaime R. Williams (NYS AD 59) and Gateway National Recreation Area for a cleanup of the Plumb Beach Marsh. Volunteers will help remove large marine debris and other trash from the wetland and surrounding beach, helping to clean and protect this valuable resource.

Volunteers are asked to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes. Hot beverages, gloves and bags will be provided.

Meet at the Plumb Beach parking lot

By bus, train or bike: Walk east along the Jamaica Bay Greenway from Knapp Street and Emmons Avenue approximately ½ mile to the Plumb Beach parking lot.

You can RSVP on Eventbrite here.

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Upcoming Events at Solar One

There are currently no public events scheduled at Solar 1. We'll see you in the Spring!

Upcoming Events

1/19
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Upper West Side
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 207 West 96th Street bet Broadway & Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

1/20
E-Waste Collection with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Upper East Side
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue bet E. 91st & E. 92nd Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

1/22
Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Commercial
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $99 general admission

1/23
The Status of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project
NYC Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan, 1-3pm, free
Photo ID will be required for entry.

1/24
Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Residential
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street, 9th Floor, bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $99 general admission

Public Visioning Meeting for Bushwick Inlet Park
Bushwick Inlet Park Building, Kent Avenue at N. 9th St, Brooklyn, 6-8pm, free
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