In this week's Newsletter: Barack Obama speaks out about the US leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, citywide ferry service expands to South Brooklyn and Rockaway,  Solar One and WEACT team up to teach about solar opportunities for HDFC co-ops and much more!
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Barack Obama Addresses Trump's Decision to Pull US Out of Paris Climate Agreement

"A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America's private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.

Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.

The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got." - Barack Obama

Expanded South Brooklyn Ferry Service Begins

While the trains continue to ruin people's days on a regular basis, it is not yet time for NYC commuters to abandon all hope. The New York City Economic Development Corp is busy expanding the citywide ferry service, and on JUne 1st, the South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes started shuttling passengers to Bay Ridge and the Rockaways. You can check the ferry routes and schedules at the Citywide Ferry website here. Rockaway Beach is less hard to reach than ever.

Solar One and WEACT Team Up for Workshop with HDFC Co-Op Board Members

The Housing Development Fund Corporation was created to give low income residents a chance to own homes in their neighborhoods. On May 31st, Solar One led a workshop at WEACT in Harlem to help residents understand their options for solarizing their buildings and answer their questions. Here Comes Solar's Affordable Solar Program Manager Anika Wistar-Jones led the training and all signs point to a very busy summer ahead for the Affordable Solar team. Check out these pictures from the workshop and Anika in action:





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Upcoming Events at Solar One

6/3
Loving Day
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 12pm-3pm, $9 advance/$12 door, kids 12 & under free w/adult, must be 16+ to enter without an adult

6/17
Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free w/RSVP
Includes pizza lunch. RSVP to liza@solar1.org.

Other Events


6/3
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Woodlawn Heights
Woodlawn Public Library, 4355 Katonah Avenue bet E. 239th & E. 240th Sts, Bronx, 10am-4pm, free

It’s My Estuary Day at Coney Island Creek
Kaiser Park, Coney Island Creek, Neptune & Bayview Aves, Brooklyn, 8am-3pm, free

6/4
World Ocean Festival
Governor's Island, 10am-5pm, free

6/5
The Oceans Conference: Black Guardians of the Sea
Caribbean Cultural Center, African Diaspora Institute, 120 East 125th Street bet Lexington & Park Aves, Manhattan, 5-8pm, free

6/6
Discover the East Coast Greenway
REI Soho, 303 Lafayette Street bet Houston & Spring Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free

6/7
NYC Retrofit Accelerator Training: Heating & Air Sealing
Solar One Green Workforce Training Lab, 29-76 Northern Blvd bet Queens Blvd & Honeywell St, Queens, 9am-3pm, $25+
2 day training continues on Thursday June 8 9am-3pm.

6/8
Barge to Bridge Sunset Cruise
The Science Barge, 99 Dock Street bet Alexander St & Peene Lan, Yonkers, 5:30-9pm, $100+
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