In this week's Newsletter: Apply for the Zayed Future Energy Prize before June 27, wildlife in Freshkills Park, greening courses for building professionals and much more!
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Zayed Future Energy Prize: Accepting Applications Until June 27

Every year since 2009, the Zayed Future Energy Prize gives away $4 million dollars every year to small-to-medium corporations, non-profits, schools and individuals (large corporations receive recognition only) who are working in innovative ways to solve the energy and climate challenges of the future.

The prize is funded in memory of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi until his passing in 2004. While the country, once a quiet pearl diving community, prospered greatly when oil was discovered in 1958, the Sheikh came to believe in the necessity of environmental protection and sustainable energy.

If you think your company might be the innovative, sustainable enterprise the Review Committee is looking for, you must apply here by June 27, 2016. The prizes are as follows:

Small and Medium Enterprise: $1,500,000
Non-Profit Organization: $1,500,000
Lifetime Achievement Award: $500,000
Global High Schools: $500,000

Good luck!

Wildlife Where You Least Expect It; Freshkills Park

The reclamation of what was once the largest garbage dump, and indeed, even the largest manmade object on Earth continues at its stately pace: Staten Island's Freshkills Landfill is about halfway through its transformation into the second-largest park in NYC, and the largest new park since the 19th century.

At this point in its redevelopment, Freshkills Park has become a habitat for species considered rare within the city limits. Researchers at the site have found three bird species considered endangered in New York State, nine classified as threatened and seven more the state deems “of special concern.” Several others are breeding within the city limits for the first time in decades.

On the mammal side, coyotes, red foxes and hundreds of white-tailed deer — which many Staten Islanders consider a nuisance — can be found. A site next to Freshkills features the city’s only pair of resident beavers.

This spring, environmentalists have been buzzing about the discovery of a pair of upland sandpipers, potbellied shorebirds that are extremely rare in this part of the state.

“It’s like being transported back into the 19th century again,” said Howard Fischer, a leading bird expert on Staten Island. “These are birds that have actually come out of extinction, in a sense. They are that rare on the East Coast.”

You can read more about Freshkills Park from the New York Times here.

Want to Build Sustainably? GPRO: Homes Can Help

GPRO: Homes prepares builders to meet the growing demand for comfortable, healthy, and efficient homes. This class prepares general contractors to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by building sustainable homes.

This affordable entry-level course is ideal for a range of building professionals including contractors, subcontractors, estimators, and key construction management staff in general contracting companies specializing in single- to four-family, low-rise homes.

Upcoming Trainings
Thursday July 14th, 9am-5pm
Thursday July 28th, 9am-5pm
Friday August 5th, 9am-5pm
Thursday August 15th, 9am-5pm
Thursday September 8th, 9am-5pm
Thursday September 15th, 9am-5pm

Thanks to NYSERDA, we are able to offer GPRO: Homes training at a highly discounted rate of $40 per person for anyone who lives or works in New York State. Must present proof of address on the day of class and submit NYSERDA survey forms. A full course fee of $220 will be charged to anyone who does not meet these requirements.

You can learn more and register for courses here.


Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Park Volunteer Day
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free
Pizza lunch provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association.

CookoutNYC: Little Big BBQ
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 1-9pm, $45+

Other Events

The Wild Green Heart of NYC - Lecture with Ken Chaya, Naturalist
Hunter College, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free w/RSVP

Hattie Carthan Community Garden Food Heritage Festival
Hattie Carthan Community Garden, Clifton Place near Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, 2-9pm, free admission

New York Solar Summit
John Jay College, Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 West 59th Street bet Amsterdam & 11th Aves, Manhattan, 8am-6pm, $50 general admission

Parks Workshop - Partnering for Success
The Overlook, Conference Room, 80-30 Park Lane at 80th Rd, Kew Gardens, Queens, 6:30-8:30pm, free 

NYC Caucus for a Clean Energy Revolution
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free

Wiggle Your Way into Composting: An Introduction to Indoor Vermicomposting
John H. Holmes Community House, 28 East 35th Street bet Park & Madison Aves, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free
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