In this week's Newsletter: Surviving Jonas in Stuyvesant Cove Park, $50 million for more accessible parks,  using games to start conversations about the climate and much more!
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Surviving Jonas in Stuyvesant Cove



As everyone knows, Supersnowstorm Jonas covered New York City with the second largest amount of snow ever recorded on Saturday January 23rd. It was a full moon, and luckily for us and the Park the high tide did not inundate our site. But Jonas did leave about two feet of snow.

Because the snow was so unusually deep, our snowblower couldn't handle it and a small group of staff and volunteers spent three days shoveling pathways through the Park by hand. Fortunately the weather was pretty cooperative and stayed above freezing with low winds for the duration of the cleanup.

Amazingly, shoveling snow in the Park is actually fun! Not only is it a great workout, but the snow in Stuyvesant Cove is blissfully free of the motor oil and soot that cars leave in it, and it's quite nice to be out in the fresh snow. If you're interested in joining the Stuy Cove Park Snow Squad, please email park@solar1.org. Because these kinds of storms are expected to come more and more frequently, thanks to climate change!

City Commits $50 Million to Make Parks More Accessible

Open space has always come at a premium in New York City- crowded is one of our main things! We are one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and we're proud of our ability to live shoulder to shoulder. But now the city is investing $50 million in a new urban planning initiative called Parks Without Borders, which will work with communities to redesign .

It's perhaps a measure of how much the city has changed over the past 20 years that rather than trying to figure out how to keep people out of city parks, we are now looking at ways to help get them in.

Parks Without Borders will get rid of some of the spike-topped wrought iron and chain link fences that separate parkland from the rest of the community. By making it easier for residents to access their parks, city planners are hoping to beautify neighborhoods, improve air quality and increase the amount of exercise residents are able to get on a daily basis.

You can read more about the goals of Parks Without Borders here. Have some ideas for a park in yoour neighborhood? You can let the Park Department know about them here.

Can Game Theory, Prizes and Friendly Competition Inspire the Next Generation of Climate Activists?

One of the most compelling arguments for environmental education is that young people are the best messengers on climate change, especially to parents and other older people. Kids today have the most to lose from the changing climate- but now a new climate game challenge offers them a chance to win while educating others about climate change.

The Get Loud Challenge includes cheeky videos, high point values for taking action by talking to family members about the climate and then posting documentation online, and ultimately winning prizes like college scholarships for collecting the most points. 

Whether conversation can actually help change people's minds, let alone their behavior, has not yet been rigorously proved, but encouraging teens to have serious conversations with the adults in their families about climate change and what can be done about it sounds like a good game plan to us!

You can read more about the Get Loud Challenge on Grist here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

There are no upcoming events at Solar 1. See you in the spring!

Other Events

2/5
Passive Buildings, Active Money
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

2/6
11th Annual Seed Celebration & Swap
The Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 3rd Street bet 4th & 5th Aves, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

2/8
Electricity 101: What's Behind My Light Switch?
Patagonia Soho, 72 Greene Street bet Spring & Broome Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, free

2/9
Green Sanctuary Book & Study Group
The Gallery, John Haynes Holmes House (red door), 28 East 35th Street bet Park & Madison Aves, 6-8pm, free
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