In this week's Newsletter: It's almost NYC Climate Week, what's going on in Hoosick Falls, can liquor be eco-friendly and much more!
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Climate Week Returns to NYC Sept 19-25

The Climate Group is proud to convene the eighth Climate Week NYC in September 2016. The conference brings together influential global figures - and new voices - from the worlds of business, government and society who are leading the low carbon transition. Climate Week NYC is also the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Since 2009, there have been over 500 Climate Week NYC events hosted by governments, organizations, companies and universities in formats such as conferences, lectures, high-profile debates, concerts, community projects, screenings, closed door meetings and art exhibitions. Climate Week NYC events all share the same clear aim; driving climate action. Click here for a list of this year's events.

Don't miss NextGen Cleantech, hosted by PowerBridgeNY with NEXUSNY on Septmeber 22 at NYU's Pfizer Auditorium. This event is a Startups Showcase and pitch session featuring innovative and ground-breaking cleantech spinning out of New York leading research institutions. Come meet the next generation of cleantech innovators!

And while you're at it, don't forget to sign up for the NY REV Future conference on September 27!

What's Going On in Hoosick Falls?

Hoosick Falls is a small riverside town near Albany, NY, and while less famous than Flint, MI, Hoosick Falls has been struggling with its own serious water contamination issues- issues so serious that the federal EPA just recommended that the town be considered as a possible Superfund site due to widespread PFOA contamination.

PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid, a toxic chemical linked to cancer, thyroid disease and serious complications during pregnancy. The PFOA likely contaminated the water supply during the operation of a factory that manufactured Teflon products, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International, the current and former owners of the plant.

At a hearing on Wednesday, state and federal officials became heated over whose responsibility water quality actually is. Compounding matters is the fact that PFOA is an unregulated chemical. State investigators are currently examining about 2,500 industrial sites across NY state, checking for possible contamination.

You can read more about this on here.

Which Type of Liquor Is the Most Eco-Friendly?

Figuring out the sustainability score of any mass-produced product is tricky. Everything from materials to production methods to packaging and transportation affect how eco-friendly a product is. And while lots of people may think carefully about the merits of paper over plastic or dairy over soy, what are the eco-merits (or lack thereof) of the various types of liquor? Or in other words, what's an environmentally conscious cocktail connoisseur to do?

Whiskey is challenged by being made of corn, one of the most ubiquitous GMO crops out there. Rum is made of sugarcane, responsible for widespread clear cutting of native rainforest, which is anything but good for the climate. Tequila by definition has to be made in the agave-producing regions of Mexico, so unless you live in Jalisco, you won't find any locally-produced products. Vodka and gin these days can be made out of almost anything- corn, rice, rye, sorghum or even sometimes the more traditional potatoes, with gin simply flavored with juniper and other botanical flavorings, but being almost pure ethanol, vodka and gin require more water and energy to be distilled.

So what's your best bet? Grist's eco-advice columnist Umbra suggests looking for locally produced, organically certified tequila, vodka, gin and whiskey. And take heart in the fact that liquor producers- even big names- are starting to respond to calls to become more responsible. Maker's Mark is converting their acidic organic waste to biogas- closing their production loop, saving money and helping the environment as well. We hope to see more companies following their lead in the years to come.

Sign Up for Fall GPRO & BPI Trainings!

Learn more here.

GPRO Operations & Maintenance (2 day class): 9/13/2016 & 9/15/2016

BPI Multifamily Building Operator
(6 day class): 9/22/2016, 9/23/20169/29/2016, 9/30/2016, 10/6/2016, 10/7/2016

Upcoming Events at Solar One

Community Volunteer Day in the Park
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street and the East River, 10am-1pm, free

Solar One Oktoberfest
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street and the East River, Manhattan, 10am-1pm, $100+
Thanks to the generous support of Zum Schneider, 100% of proceeds directly benefit Solar One programs. Prost!

Other Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Rockaway
1-85 Beach 99th Street Parking Lot, Rockaway Park, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Breezy Point
Rockaway Point Boulevard at Beach 205th Street, Breezy Point, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Sustainable Architecture & Industry Bicycle Tour
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, corner of Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, 11am-1pm, $25

NYC Friends of Clearwater 8th Annual Water Festival
Lower East Side Ecology Center, East River Park Promenade at Grand Street, Manhattan, 2-7pm, free

The Environment and Conflict Resolution: Information Session for International Opportunities
Columbia Alumni Center, Schapiro Room, 8th Floor, 622 West 113th Street at Broadway, Manhattan, 4-6pm, free

GreenHomeNYC Green Careers September Meetup: Elevator Pitch Workshop
Grohe Live! Center Showroom, 160 5th Avenue, 4th Floor, bet 20th & 21st Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, $5

Sustainability in Healthcare Facilities
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10

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