In this week's Newsletter: NYC bans on polystyrene foam and No. 6 heating oil go into effect, this week at the Supreme Court,  check out the Check Us Out Dance Festival on July 18 and much more!
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Banned in NYC: Polystyrene Foam and No. 6 Heating Oil


On July 1, some long-standing goals of NYC's environmental community came to fruition: No more No. 6 heating oil or extruded polystyrene foam will be used in NYC.

The NYC Clean Heat program, which was started under Mayor Bloomberg, has been a resounding success. The plan gave landlords four years to phase out the heaviest dirtiest fuel, with the option to use lighter oil or natural gas for heating buildings instead. As of today, 95% of the targeted buildings have been converted, with about 250 out of 5,300 still needing to be brought into compliance. The change in fuels has significantly reduced air pollutants and has had a positive effect on asthma rates, according to Nilda Mesa, the city's sustainability director.

The ban on polystyrene foam, which also went into effect on July 1, will have a positive impact on the amount of solid waste the city produces, and will keep these plastics out of our waterways. At last Sunday's kayaking event, we found a lot of foam floating in the Cove (and removed it as best we could). But no more! Say goodbye to that squishy coffee cup, takeout box and packing peanut! It's history!

For more on the No. 6 heating oil ban, click here. To read more about the foam ban, click here.

This Week at the Supreme Court: We Laughed, We Cried

It was an emotional week at the Supreme Court. On the one hand, we cheered that marriage rights have been extended to all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation. Having just celebrated the Loving v. Virginia decision that legalized interracial marriage in this country at Solar One, this seems like the next logical step toward affirming universal civil rights in the US.

But on the other hand, on the last day of the session, the Court also struck down the EPA's new Clean Power Plan, which would have regulated the amounts of mercury and other pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Environmentalists have been trying to enact federal regulations for power plants for 25 years. In the majority opinion, Antonin Scalia wrote that the EPA cannot impose the regulations without being able to estimate the costs of limiting the pollutants. So with luck, the Clean Power Plan will be back and better than ever!

You can read more about the Supreme Court EPA decision here.

Check Out the Check Us Out Dance Festival at Solar One on July 18

We couldn't be more excited that the Check Us Out Dance Festival is coming to Solar One for its third season. The Festival celebrates the work of female and female-identified choreographers, who can be surprisingly invisible in the world of mainstream modern dance.

The Festival will take place on the Solar One stage for one day only, and the performance is free and will be suitable for all ages.

To get a taste of what's to come, watch this video of excerpts from the first Festival, held in Central Park in 2013. You can also read an interview with Festival founder Allison Brzezinski on the Huffington Post here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

7/4
Fourth of July Fireworks Party: The Big Bang with Zum Schneider
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 4-11pm, $199 21+/$69 under 21/limited number of $1 tickets for children under 6
Tickets are available here.

7/8
The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents: John Colianni
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30pm, free
Rain date TBD.

7/11
Food Karma Presents Cook Out NYC: Running with the Beef
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 4-9pm VIP admission, 5-9pm general admission, $85 VIP, $60 general
Tickets are available here.

Other Events


7/6
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
New York Society for Ethical Culture (Social Hall), 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free

7/9
A Safe Future for Fossil Fuel Investments in a Carbon-Constrained World?
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105, Manhattan, 5-7pm, free
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