In this week's Newsletter: Clean Energy Connections returns with The Circular Economy, climate change is altering the color of the ocean (as seen by satellites), NYS takes steps to protect drinking water from carcinogens and much more!
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Clean Energy Connections Is Back for 2019 with The Circular Economy


Join Urban Future Lab, Greentech Media, NYC ACRE, Circular City Week and Solar One for a panel discussion on how closing the manufacturing-to-waste loop will help NYC achieve its 2030 goal of sending zero waste to landfills- a tall order in a city of more than 8 and a half million people. The panel will look at the policy implications, the investment landscape, and next generation technologies connected to organic waste, construction materials, waste to energy generation, and more.

Panelists 
Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners
Tinia Pina, Founder/CEO, Re-Nuble
Michael Samuelian, President & CEO, The Trust for Governors Island

Additional speakers to be announced.

Agenda
6:30 - Doors open
7:00 - Opening remarks
7:15 - Panel discussion
8:30 - Networking

At The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street at the corner of Varick Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $30 general admission, $12 with valid student ID and are available here.

If you'd like to come and volunteer, we could use some extra hands (and you won't have to buy a ticket)! Please contact Dina Elkan at dina@solar1.org if you're interested.

Climate Change Is Altering the Color of the Oceans

Blue water is sought after at vacation spots from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean to the Pacific, but water in warmer climes may get bluer than ever- and cold waters greener- due to fluctuations in levels of phytoplanktons, the tiny chlorophyll-producing creatures that are part of the bottom level of Earth's food chain.

New research from the journal Nature Communications builds upon earlier models, in use since the 1990s, in which scientists derived water’s chlorophyll levels based on the colors in satellite images. Now scientists are looking at ways to isolate the effects of climate and temperature changes on more microorganisms in the ocean and not just phytoplanktons.

The new model uses color to analyze the light itself as it’s being reflected and absorbed by everything in the water, and not only to analyze the presence of chlorophyll. The researchers watched the colors change in the model as they raised the temperature by 3 degrees C — an increase that, judging by current trends, could really occur by 2100.

You can read more on the Grist.org website here.

New York State Takes Steps to Protect Drinking Water Even as Feds Fall Behind

Remember the Hoosick Falls water crisis? Municipal water in the village of Hoosick Falls registered abnormally high levels of PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon, among other things, in 2016. Despite being strongly linked to cancer in humans, the U.S. EPA has decided not to set hard limits for it and two other similar chemicals, PSOF and 1,4 dioxane, in drinking water, leaving millions of Americans in danger of toxic contamination.

New York has decided to step up and lead, however. Last month, the Drinking Water Quality Council recommended that the state adopt the toughest standards in the nation. Meanwhile in response to the EPA’s inaction, three water safety groups, the Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and California Coastkeeper Alliance, are suing the EPA for failing to meet its mandated requirements and unnecessarily putting people’s health and lives at risk.

You can read more about this on the NYLCV.org website here.
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2/21
Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Commercial
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street, 9th Floor Blue Room, bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $99 general admission
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