In this week's Newsletter: NYC's greenest skyscrapers, learn about the Green Design Lab at the Spring STEM Institute, global emissions fall while global GDP goes up and much more!
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NYC's Greenest Skyscrapers

Because yesterday was St. Patrick's Day when everything is awash in green (green beer! green bagels! green everything!), we thought we'd share this rundown of the six greenest skyscrapers in New York City. Some are well-known, some are still under construction, and some may surprise you. 

Buildings in NYC are some of the biggest contributors to air pollution and CO2 emissions, and many buildings are not energy efficient, not only causing pollution but also wasting fuel and money. The City Council has just announced that it will require new city-owned buildings to receive LEED certifications, and the new citywide Retrofit Accelerator program was created to help older city-owned buildings make changes that will improve their efficiency and bring us closer to the "80 by 50" goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 2005 levels by 2050.

So which buildings take the prize? Here's the list, and you can read more about each building and its green features on Inhabitat here:

1. Bank of America Building, One Bryant Park
2. Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue & 34th Street
3. Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street
4. One World Trade Center
5. The New York Times Building, Eighth Avenue bet 40th & 41st Sts
6. Conde Nast Building, 4 Times Square

While all of these buildings are both privately owned and in Manhattan, we look forward to seeing a lot more green buildings, both public and private, in the years to come! And congratulations to our friends in the green building industry who worked on these projects, including CookFox Architects, FXFOWLE Architects and SOM. Keep up the great work, everyone!

Are You a NYC Public School Teacher? Sign Up for a Green Design Lab Workshop at the Spring STEM Institute

Are you a NYC public school teacher? Join Solar One Educators for a Green Design Lab workshop during the three-day Spring STEM Institute! The institute takes place from Tuesday, April 26th to Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at Stuyvesant High School. You can learn more and sign up here!

Global Emissions Stay Flat, Global Economy Grows

There have been only three times in the past 40 years when energy sector emissions, one of the biggest contributors to climate change, have fallen. And it's usually been bad news for business- the oil crisis of the mid-70s, the fall of the Soviet Union in the 80s and the economic recessions of 2008 were all moments of geopolitical uncertainty and reduced economic activity. But now we're seeing something new- on Wednesday the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that for the second year in a row, global energy sector emissions remained flat. And not because of a crushing downturn or political instability across the globe; global GDP increased by 3% last year. No, it's because of massive investment in renewables.

Renewables accounted for 90% of new global generating capacity in 2015, and there's no reason to think that the numbers for 2016 won't be even better. These findings prove something that climate activists have been insisting for years: There is no automatic tradeoff between reducing emissions and economic growth.

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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

There are no upcoming events at Solar 1. See you in the spring!

Other Events

Green Light: Lighting Codes & Regulations
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $40 general admission/$30 partner organizations
Please note that this event is just one of four. You can learn more about the rest of the program here.

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center- Meatpacking District
South side of West 14th Street bet 8th & 9th Aves, Manhattan, 11am-4pm, free

32nd Annual Greenthhumb's "Grow Together" Conference
Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse off E 149th St, Bronx, 8:30am-4pm, $7 adults/kids under 12 free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center- Staten Island
Forest Avenue Shopping Center, enter on Forest Ave at Marianne St, Staten Island, 10am-4pm, free

Earth Hour!
Everywhere, 8:30-9:30pm

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center- East Village
Tompkins Square, Avenue A bet 9th & 10th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Rally: Come Stand with Us: "Gov Cuomo and LIPA: Move Forward with Offshore Wind!"
Long Island Power Authority, 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Ste 403, bet Charles Lindbergh & Quentin Roosevelt Blvds, Uniondale, 11am-3pm, free

An Approach for Analyzing Policy Processes: Case Study on Fracking
Columbia University Low Library, Faculty Room 207, 2960 Broadway bet 116th & 117th Sts, Manhattan, 6-7pm, free

Women in Sustainability and Energy - Data-Driven Innovators
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609. bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 8:30-10am, $15

Nuclear Energy and the Clean Energy Future
Lipton Hall, D'Agostino Hall, 108 West Third Street bet Sullivan & MacDougal Sts, Manhattan, 8-10am, free

Our Common Home Panel Discussion
Cooper Union,The Great Hall, Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street bet 3rd & 4th Aves, Manhattan, 7-8:30pm, free
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