In this week's Newsletter: Sustainable institutions of higher learning, CHP tour, talk and reception at the Gowanus Whole Foods,  what's blooming in Stuyvesant Cove and much more!
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Sustainable Education: Which Colleges Are the Greenest?

It's August, and our thoughts are turning back toward school. While NYC K-12 students still have a few more weeks of summer left, college students will start heading off to school this week. Which made us wonder: How do US colleges and universities stack up when it comes to sustainability?

Luckily, we aren't the only ones who wonder about these things! The fine folks over at the Sierra Club have compiled this handy list of the 10 greenest colleges, based on factors like energy use, food, investment portfolio, water, waste and transportation.

You can read the full list on here, but suffice it to say, four of the top ten are part of the University of California system,. and none are in New York. So I guess we have some work to do, eh? Time to step it up, New York institutions of higher learning!

Come on a CHP Talk, Tour and Reception at Brooklyn's Whole Foods

We hope you'll join the NYSERDA EDGE team on a CHP tour of Brooklyn's Whole Foods Market, dubbed "the greenest supermarket in New York State" and learn how their CHP Combined Heat & Power) system helped them earn that title. You'll also be able to get information on how to install your own CHP system, and there will be a reception at The Roof.

The event will be held on August 27, and tickets are available here. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and host, we can offer this opportunity free of charge. Registration begins at 4:30 and the program begins at 5pm.

What's Blooming In Stuyvesant Cove: Mid-Summer Edition, Pt. 2

Summer is flying by, but there's still plenty of life and beauty springing forth in the Park! Between now and the end of the Park season in November, there are still quite a few species that will produce flowers, fragrances and fruits. Here are a few to inspire you to come for a walk in the Park! You can see the full list, with pictures, on the Solar One blog here.

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrocheum purpureum)
Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
Oswego Tea (Monarda fistulosa)
Common Yarrow (Achillea millifolium)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

We hope to see you in the Park!

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Walk-Up Paddling at Stuyvesant Cove
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River (kayaks will launch from the beach near 20th Street), 3-6pm, free

Other Events

Insects of the Night
Mt. Loretto, 6450 Hylan Boulevard at Cunningham Road, Staten Island, 8:30-10:30pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Morningside Heights
LaSalle Street at Broadway, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free
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EcoFest 27th Anniversary
Times Square, Broadway bet 42nd & 44th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-6pm, free

Back to the Future...of Water with City Parks Foundation
East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue at North 8th Street, Brooklyn, 10am-12pm, free 

8/19 & 20
Community Forum on Staten Island Sea Wall Project
Staten Island University Hospital (McGinn Center), Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island, 6-9pm, free

Activista Happy Hour
Grassroots Tavern, 20 St. Mark's Place bet 2nd & 3rd Aves, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free
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