In this week's Newsletter: The Safe Drinking Water Act, apply for an artist's residency in the Vermont woods this summer,  supporters push for plastic bag fee by Earth Day and much more!
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Is the Safe Drinking Water Act Making a Comeback?

Recently there have been a lot of disturbing news stories about water quality in the US. The Flint water crisis is pretty well known by now, but even here in New York State, the town of Hoosick Falls is suffering from water supply contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In light of these crises and our aging infrastructure, two members of Congress are trying to revive the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The act would authorize funding to not only rebuild infrastructure and modernize water systems, but would also include a workforce component to make sure enough people are trained to do the necessary work. You can read more about this story on the New York League of Conservation Voters website here.

Apply for an Artist's Residency in Vermont This Summer with the Sable Project 

Artists in all disciplines, want to spend a couple of months in the woods of Vermont, living off grid, collaborating on projects and growing your own food? Apply for a summer residency at the Sable Project.

The Sable Project is designed to unleash creativity by removing the usual obstacles that keep artists from creating-space, time, and supplies-while providing new influences in an inspiring environment. We ask that artists not come with a specific project in mind, but rather an open mind and a willingness to explore. artists can apply for a full two month residency or for the final month of August only. Fees are sliding scale.

You can read all about the project and fill out an application here. Applications are due March 20.

Supporters Hope to Bring Back Plastic Bag Bill by Earth Day

New Yorkers use a staggering 10 billion single use plastic bags every year, and unfortunately the vast majority are not recycled. And with concerns that tiny particles of plastic have made their way into New York';s waterways, the City Council is trying to revive last year's plastic bag fee bill.

The bill would impose a 10 cent fee on single use plastic and paper bags. While opponents have argued that a bag fee would be a burden to low income shoppers, supporters believe that reusable bag giveaways would relieve that burden.,The bill was first considered by the Council in March 2014, but has been stalled there ever since. Now Councilmember and bill co-sponsor Brad Lander wants to get the bill passed by Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

“As Spring starts to return to New York, people remember that plastic bags aren’t what’s supposed to bloom in trees, and it’s time for the city to adopt the fee and significantly reduce plastic bag waste,” Lander told Gotham Gazette. “I’m optimistic that we’ll get there.” Lander said that the bill is being changed slightly to be more effective as he and co-sponsor Margaret Chin respond to the issues raised at the initial hearing.

You can read the whole story on the Gotham Gazette here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

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

Other Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center- Chinatown
Division Street bet Market St & Bowery, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center- Inwood
Inwood Hill Park, entrance at Seaman Avenue & Isham St, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free 

Just Food Conference
Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street bet Broadway & Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, 9am-6:30pm, $65 

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center- Upper West Side
West End Avenue bet 94th & 95th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Urban Green Council Spring Member Reception
GE Monogram Showroom, 150 East 58th Street, 10th Floor, bet Third & Lexington Aves, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15 UGC members/$25 non-members

The Sure House: 2015 Solar Decathlon Winner
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

New York City Safe Energy Coalition Meeting
NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Seminar Room 120, 245 Sullivan St, bet 3rd & 4th Sts. Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free
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