In this week's Newsletter: NYC's best secret gardens, work with Solar One educators this summer, CHP breakfast & tour at Silver Towers, and much more!
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New York City's Secret Gardens

Spring is here, and Stuyvesant Cove Park is starting to look seriously amazing, with new flowers blooming every day! Right now, we have wild columbine, wild geranium, verbena, beach plum, golden alexander, and even a couple of trumpet flower honeysuckle with beautiful red clusters of flowers. And in the coming months, we'll have Carolina roses, anemone, coreopsis and crimson-eyes rosemallow, a so-showy-it's-almost-vulgar native hibiscus with flowers the size of dinner plates!

And while Stuyvesant Cove is not a secret to you (we hope!), it's hardly the only lesser known park in town. Check out this list of 30 "secret" public parks and gardens that even lifelong New Yorkers may not be familiar with. From Midtown Manhattan pocket parks to the green expanses of the Bronx, NYC's green spaces can offer a wonderful respite from the concrete jungle, no matter where you happen to be.

Want to learn more about Stuyvesant Cove Park? Come to Wildflower Day this Saturday or our next Park Volunteer Day on May 21! RSVP to

Want to Work for the Solar One Education Team This Summer? Apply Through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps members who are interested in Solar One's education program can apply to work with our educators this summer!

Summer Associates will support educators in delivering an environmental science course to a class of high school students. AmeriCorps volunteers will support Solar One educators in facilitating in-classroom activities 2 days/week. They will assist in chaperoning field trips 2 day/week. They may also be asked to help educators prepare materials at Solar One’s education center and possibly help to transport materials to the school.

During the course of the 5 weeks, students will engage in a service learning project. AmeriCorps volunteers will be responsible for helping to plan and implement this project with students. The program will culminate with a school fair where students will present on their service learning project. AmeriCorps volunteers will help students to prepare for the presentation and may be asked to help with event coordination.

Member Duties : • Attend three-part orientation to train for program • Assist in preparing classroom materials for lessons • Work directly with students to help complete tasks • Travel to field trip sites and provide support during field trips • Help to plan and implement a service learning project with students • Assist in coordinating fair and help students prepare for presenting their work • If interested, volunteers may have the opportunity to co-lead some lessons • Light administrative work may be required, such as grading tests

Program Benefits: Health Coverage, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Student Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible (check AmeriCorps website for eligibility).

Interested? Apply here!

CHP Breakfast and Tour: Silver Towers

Learn how to keep your electricity running at NYSERDA’s CHP Power Breakfast and Tour. You will get the unique opportunity to learn about how CHP technology can benefit your building.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can help building owners and facility managers generate electricity, save money and ensure the delivery of critical services in the event of a grid outage. Attend NYSERDA’s breakfast to learn about CHP and the financial/technical support available for the installation of CHP systems. See how buildings count on CHP systems to:
• Generate electricity every day of the year.
• Save money.
• Protect the environment.
• Operate when the grid goes down.
• Provide enhanced reliability over diesel standby generators.  

A brief introduction to CHP technology will be followed by a discussion of available financial and technical resources to support system installations. This breakfast presentation will take place at River Place in their community room. The program will conclude with a tour of the Silver Towers CHP system across the courtyard.

9:00 - 9:30 AM - Breakfast & Registration
9:30 - 10:45 AM - Discussion & Presentations
10:45 - 11:45 AM - Tour of CHP Facility

Matthew Lockwood, Energy & Resource Solutions, an independent contractor to NYSERDA


For more information on CHP program details, please visit

NYSERDA strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State’s energy, economic, and environmental well-being.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

NYC Wildflower Day
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 11am-2pm, free

Community Park Volunteer Day
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 11am-2pm, free
RSVP to Pizza lunch provided by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association.

Other Events

Glazing + Comfort: Presentation on New Research
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $15 general admission/$10 partner organizations

6/15 Green Community Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale for Mother's Day…and More
6/15 Green Community Garden, corner of 6th Avenue & 15th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 11am-3pm, free
Continues on Sunday May 15 from 11am-3pm.

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: College Point
College Point, 134-01 20th Avenue Parkling Lot at Farrington St, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Good Festival Mini Food Conference and Social Gathering Presented by Local Roots NYC
Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street bet 3rd & 4th Aves, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, $20

New York League of Conservation Voters 2016 Spring Gala
Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, West 23rd Street and the Hudson River, Manhattan, 6-10pm, $750+ 

BPI Multifamily Building Operator Training
Solar One Workforce Training Lab, 29-76 Northern Boulevard, Queens, various times and prices, check link above

Green Sanctuary Book & Study Group
The Gallery, John Haynes Holmes House, 28 East 35th Street bet Park & Madison Aves, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

GreenHomeNYC Patty Noonan Memorial Forum on Policy - Taking on the OneNYC Challenge
Knoll Showroom, 1330 Avenue of the Americas bet W. 53rd & W. 54th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, $10 general admission/$4 students

BPI Multifamily Building Operator Training
Solar One Workforce Training Lab, 29-76 Northern Boulevard, Queens, various times and prices, check link above
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