In this week's Newsletter: Flowers of hope for the climate, the last Clean EC panel discussion of 2016 focuses on emerging green jobs, NYLCV honors Solar One at the NY Yacht Club  and much more!
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Flowers of Hope for the Climate

On Wednesday morning at Solar One, a group of people showed up with a big trash bag full of flowers and petals. They were asking passersby to make wishes and think about their hopes for the future, and then throw the flowers into the river. A number of people took them up on it.

We do not normally let people throw things in the river. At first, we thought it might be a religious ceremony. Then we asked, and they told us about the wishes and the hopes. We thought that wasn't such a bad thing at all. This week we need all the good wishes and hopes we can find.

Like so many of our friends who work on behalf of the environment, we here at Solar One feel the need to comment on last week's presidential election. While Solar One considers itself a non-partisan organization, it would be naive not to consider the implications of such decisions as naming Myron Ebell to lead the EPA transition team, or promising to complete the Keystone XL pipeline, that have been put forth as policy priorities for the new administration.

And while this is a critical juncture for the global community to come together to try to mitigate as many negative effects of climate change as possible, this probable setback in terms of reasonable and cautious climate policy is certainly a threat. But it is also an opportunity.

The science on climate change is no longer in dispute, and reality has a way of asserting itself. We are extremely heartened to know that most young people believe in the validity of the science and are rightly concerned for their future

Because our work involves so much outreach and education, we have a special responsibility to help people understand the implications of a warming planet and the concrete steps that can be taken to make a difference. And we don't have to do it alone! From big organizations like the Environmental Defense Fund, NRDC and the League of Conservation Voters to small ones like Vote Solar, BIG ReUse, the Lower East Side Ecology Center and Solar One, let's reaffirm our commitment to a healthy, equitable future for everyone.

In the coming weeks, you will be buffeted by Thanksgiving and end-of-the-year appeals. Your help will be needed now more than ever to fuel the local actions that will in some measure offset the activity we expect at the Federal level to roll back the gains we have made in the past decade. We hope you will consider supporting us or any one of many other fine environmental organizations in this work.

Clean EC Returns with Emerging Trends in Clean Energy Jobs

The solar industry doubled its workforce from 2010 to 2015 to now well over 200,000 people. Meanwhile, an aging workforce in utilities is posing a sincere challenge for the industry both in its existing capabilities but also as it attempts to innovate.According to a recent NYSERDA report, approximately 20 percent of the building operations and maintenance workforce is slated to retire over the next five years. And in NYC alone, nearly 300,000 jobs exist in the emerging tech ecosystem that is reinventing traditional industries here.

All of the above represent a genuine opportunity for jobs in clean energy. But where are they? Who is hiring and what are they looking for in new and transitioning employees? This panel seeks to answer some of those questions and paint a picture for the job seekers out there, both entry level and job switchers, who are seeking a successful career in an impactful industry.

We will see perspectives from different verticals within the industry, from the growing number of cleantech startups, the utility sector, building operations and energy efficiency, and the professional development and educational programs available to separate you from the pack.

Panel TBA.

When: Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30-9:30pm

Where: The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC, 44 Charlton Street, Manhattan

Tickets are $25 general admission and $10 for students, and are available here.

NYLCV Honors Solar One at New York Yacht Club

Thank to our friends at the New York League of Conservation Voters, who honored our work of educating New Yorkers about sustainability and making sure that clean energy is accessible to all with their non-profit award on Monday night.

And congratulations to the other honorees: Richard Kauffman, who was presented with the award for Leadership and Innovation in Clean Energy, and  Invenergy LLC, this year's Corporate Honoree, who were honored for their work in helping New York achieve its clean energy goals.

It's an honor in itself to be placed in such company, and we couldn't be more appreciative. Thanks again, NYLCV!


Upcoming Events at Solar One

We currently have no events scheduled, but there may be some more Park Volunteer events before the end of November. For more info, please contact

Other Events

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Law and Policy?
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105, 435 West 116th Street bet Amsterdam Ave & Riverside Dr, Manhattan, 9am-4:45pm, $1000 
Discounts available for alumni, non-profit and 
government employees,
and groups. Please contact for details.

Environmentalism After Election 2016: Where Do We Go from Here?
Cardozo Law School, 55 5th Avenue bet E. 12th & E. 13th Sts, Manhattan, 6-7pm, free

350NYC Monthly Meeting
New York Society for Ethical Culture, Room #507 Elliott Library, 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free

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