In this week's Newsletter: NYS Pollinator Task Force announces recommendations, new podcast can help you talk about climate change, City & State Reports honors Solar One at annual CSR Awards and much more!
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NYS Pollinator Task Force Makes First Recommendations

Pollinators are some of the hardest-working creatures inn the animal kingdom, and we rely on their work to produce popular foods including almonds, strawberries and lemons among many, many others. And as you likely know, pollinators have been threatened, mainly by loss of habitat and widespread pesticide use. But now New York has released recommendations that will help encourage pollinators, which is a good idea- pollinators contribute greatly to New York's agricultural industry, adding about $350 million a year to the economy in pollinator services alone.

The New York State Pollinator Protection Plan was created in coordination with the Task Force advisory group, which included a wide variety of stakeholders—including farmers, apiarists, pesticide applicators and environmentalists. The Task Force held four roundtable meetings with the advisory group, and solicited public comments, on important issues critical to the development of the plan. As a result of listening sessions and stakeholder input, the Task Force focused its recommendations on four priority areas:

  • Development of Voluntary Best Management Practices for all pollinator stakeholders, including beekeepers, growers, land owners, state agencies and the general public;
  • Habitat enhancement efforts to protect and revive populations of native and managed pollinators;
  • Research and monitoring of pollinators to better understand, prevent and recover from pollinator losses; and
  • Development of an outreach and public education program on the importance of pollinators, engaging the public to be active participants to seek solutions to pollinator declines.
Stuyvesant Cove Park is a wildlife habitat, and we have many species of pollinator attracting plants blooming now, including four species of native milkweed, and bee balm, also known as wild bergamot, which is- surprise!- a favorite with bees.

You can read more about New York's Pollinator Protection Plan on the Governor's website here.

City & State Reports Honors Solar One at CSR Awards

City & State Reports' annual awards event on Tech, Energy and Utilities recognizes outstanding corporate citizens from those sectors. The event, held early this morning, included keynote remarks from Libby Wayman, Global Director, Ecomagination at GE, and remarks from Andrew Rasiej, Chair, NY Tech Meetup. The breakfast event also featured a Thought Leadership Panel Discussion on social responsibility in the tech industry today. 

And Solar One was honored, along with other great organizations working in the technology, energy and utilities sectors, including Girls Who Code, Bright Power, MetaProp NYC and Greenlight Energy.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

DOH & DEC Want to Make It Easier to Get Rid of Unwanted Medication

Getting rid of unused, unwanted or outdated medications has always been kind of difficult. The Dept of Sanitation holds safe disposal events twice a year in each borough, but the locations are often kind of far-flung. And flushing old and expired medication is a very bad idea- prescription drugs can contaminate water sources and cause problems for humans and animals alike.

To make it easier for New Yorkers to recycle old meds, the Dept of Health and the Dept of Environmental Conservation are working together to make it possible for the pharmacies that fill prescriptions to also take back unused medication for recycling.

"Many New Yorkers want to properly dispose of their unwanted drugs, but collection events and locations were not always convenient," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Now that pharmacies are allowed to be a collection point, people can take their medicine to the same location where they get their prescriptions filled, which helps keep them out of our waterways. The state encourages everyone to properly dispose of their unwanted medications."

You can read more about this initiative on the DEC website here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

CookoutNYC Presents Fireworks & Southern Chefs: A Taste of Georgia
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 4pm-11pm, $100+

Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents An Evening of Swing
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30pm, free

Other Events

Fishing Clinic at Grand Street
East River Promenade at Grand Street, 6-8pm, free
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