In this week's Newsletter: How to reduce holiday food waste, lots and lots of CHP going on, demanding energy efficiency from the city's fanciest buildings and much more!
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Cutting Down Holiday Food Waste 

Thanksgiving is only a week away, and at this time of year in America, it;s natural to be concerned with recipes, seating arrangements, and holiday party schedules. It's easy to gloss over the fact that between the candy orgy of Halloween and the near-constant partying leading up to New Year's, that we waste more food during this time of year than any other...and we're already pretty bad about wasting food in this country.

So here are some tips for reducing holiday food waste:
  • From Grist's Umbra: Use Halloween candy for craft projects or give it away to senior centers or other places that might want it; remember to empty your fridge as much as possible before stocking up for holiday meals so perfectly good items don't get forgotten in the back.
  • From the EarthSky blog: Use smaller plates and utensils for portion control; avoid giving highly perishable items as gifts; store leftovers in individual-sized containers to make them easier to use later.
  • From Rethink Recycling: Tips for throwing a greener house party, including setting up a Donations Corner and inviting guests to contribute unwanted items.
And of course, compost your food scraps! You can learn more about what to compost and where from Lower East Side Ecology Center and GrowNYC. And have a great and green holiday season!

Combined Heat & Power (CHP): Lots to See, Lots to Do, Lots to Learn

Combined Heat & Power is an energy efficiency technology that gets two benefits out of one fuel source: electricity and heat. CHP systems recover heat that is normally lost in the electricity generation process, eliminating the need for an oil or natural gas furnace.

NYSERDA has a bunch of online and in-person events coming up that can help answer some questions about CHP for commercial and residential buildings:

Friday November 20: CHP Breakfast & Tour (Roosevelt Landings)
Tuesday December 8: Architects: Resiliency and Infrastructure Protection with CHP
Thursday December 10: CHP Breakfast & Tour (Birchwood Towers)
Thursday December 17: CHP Webinar: Enhance Your Building's Power Reliability

All events are presented free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Find out whether CHP is right for your building!

Green Design Lab Energy Challenge: Register Your School Before November 25

The Green Design Lab Energy Challenge raises awareness about electricity use and facilitates student lead conservation actions.  Every year, participating schools compete against their own energy consumption from the previous two years. Working with the Department of Education's Sustainability Initiative and Con Edison, Solar One will collect and analyze electrical data so that all you have to do is work on conservation and awareness.

This year as a bonus, the first 100 participants will also receive materials to help with their energy reduction campaigns.  The 5 schools with the greatest electrical reduction are awarded a share of $25,000 for future sustainability activities or projects.

Interested in joining? Check out the details and register here.

Who: Open to all NYC Public Schools
When: December 1st- March 31st
How: Register HERE before November 25!
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Upcoming Events at Solar 1

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

Other Events


11/20
CHP Power Breakfast & Tour: Roosevelt Landings
Roosevelt Landings, 546 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, 9am-12pm, free

11/21
Queensbridge Park Leaf Festival
Queensbridge Park, 21st Street and Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 10am-12pm, free

Is the Bronx Burning? Burning Questions About Indian Point and Nuclear Power!
St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 295 Saint Ann's Avenue bet E. 139th & E. 141st Sts, Bronx, 1-3pm, free

11/22
Fall E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Staten Island)
Jewish Community Center - Parking Lot, 1446 Manor Road, Staten Island, 10am-4pm, free

11/23
Earth Institute Practicum: Science-Based Solutions for Sustainability--Changing Climate and Disasters
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Room 411, Manhattan, 4-6pm, free

11/26
Happy Thanksgiving!
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