In this week's Newsletter: NYC beaches will stay open past Labor Day, better and cheaper batteries by 2020, apply to be part of CUP's Making Policy Public project and much more!
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Mayor to Extend Beach Season, as Requested by City Council

for the first time anyone can remember, the city's beaches will stay open after Labor Day. The Mayor has allocated an extra $687,000 to pay for extra staff and equipment that will cover the added days, after a request from the City Council.

The beach announcement was made just as the Council also restored $8.7 million in Parks Department funding, which will be crucial to maintaining city parks with a full time, permanent staff, including 150 jobs that would otherwise have been lost.

The Council is expected to approve the budget this week. You can read more about this on Capital New York here.

The Race to Develop Cheaper, More Efficient Batteries

On Monday, June 22, 24M, a lithium-ion battery startup led by the MIT-based scientist Yet-Ming Chiang, announced that it has solved “the critical, decades-old challenge associated with the world’s preferred form of energy storage” — the challenge that, as Elon Musk and so many others have put it, “batteries suck.”

Over the last 50 years, computers have gone from filling an entire room to squeezing into a device smaller than a deck of playing cards. Batteries, however, have improved slowly and incrementally, limited by the physical realities of the chemical reactions inside the battery itself. (Ions may not take up much space, but they do take up some.) There have been no “Moore’s Law”-style exponential breakthroughs in terms of how powerful batteries are, how much energy they can store, or how much they cost.

24M says it has made breakthroughs in battery design and manufacturing techniques that will bring manufacturing costs down to $100 per kilowatt-hour by 2020 (about half the current price). This $100 per kilowatt-hour target is the holy grail to battery people. At that price, an electric car could compete on the sales floor for roughly as much as a gasoline-powered one; laptops and cellphones could run for days without recharging; and we would all walk hand in hand into a renewable energy utopia, more or less.

You can read more on the Grist website here.

Call for Advocates: Center for Urban Pedagogy's Making Policy Public Poster Project

Calling all advocates! On Thursday, July 9 at 1pm, CUP will host a webinar that covers all you need to know to apply to Making Policy Public. Email to sign up!

Making Policy Public is the Center for Urban Pedagogy's (CUP) series of foldout posters that use graphic design to explore and explain public policy. Making Policy Public is published four times a year. Each poster is the product of a collaboration of a designer, an advocate, and CUP.

Submission Guidelines for Advocacy and Community Organizations
CUP is looking for community and advocacy organizations who are working to address policy issues that need visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. We seek groups who work directly with the constituencies impacted by the issues and who can distribute the completed Making Policy Public directly to that audience. Applicants should be interested in engaging in a collaborative design process and, most of all, interested in explaining an aspect of public policy. Applicants must be able to attend meetings in New York City.

Honoraria, Additional Resources
  • CUP manages the collaboration, oversees all aspects of production, provides art direction, research, copywriting, and additional support as needed. 
  • Advocates will receive 1,000 free copies of the foldout poster to distribute directly to their constituency 
  • CUP will publicize the projects and promote them for design awards and press
You can download the advocate submission here. Good luck! We can't wait to see what this year's collaborators come up with!

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Walk-Up Paddling at Stuyvesant Cove
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River (kayaks will launch from the beach near 20th Street), 11:30am-2:30pm, free

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

Loft & Rooftop Films Present: Bridesmaids
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 7:30pm, free

RSVP here. Rain date July 5

The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents: New Harvest
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30pm, free
Rain date July 2.

Fourth of July Fireworks Party with Zum Schneider
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 4-11pm, $100 21+/$69 under 21/limited number of $1 tickets for children under 6
Tickets are available here.

Other Events

Transition NYC Celebration of Caribbean Culture in the Rockaways
Seagirt Adult Social Center, 2028 Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, Queens, 7-10pm, free

The Biodiversity Costume Ball
Location TBA, 8-11pm, suggested donation $10-20 @ the door (no one will be turned away)/$12 online includes one drink
Advance tickets are available here. RSVP for location information here.

Transition - Permaculture Open Space Forum
Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place bet 2nd & 3rd Aves, Manhattan, 9am-1pm, free

2015 Disaster Volunteer Conference: Becoming Response Ready - Working with Diverse Populations
Baruch College- The City University of New York (CUNY), 55 Lexington Ave bet 24th & 25th Sts, 14th Floor, Manhattan, 5:30-9pm, free

New York City Safe Energy Coalition Meeting
NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Seminar Room 120, 245 Sullivan St, bet W 3rd & W 4th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free
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