In this week's Newsletter: Hope for the climate as scientists see it, NYC has a new solar power program for public schools, what community project would you do with $3,000 and much more!
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Scientists Share Their Climate Hopes for 2016

These days, good news about the future of Earth's climate can seem very hard to come by, and for people who care about the environment, it can be hard to stay positive in the face of so much difficulty and so many alarm bells. But to give you a New Year boost, asked a group of scientists what gave them hope for Earth's future, and what climate developments they were looking forward to in 2016:

According to these experts, the biggest single reason to have hope right now is the Paris Agreement, reached at COP21 in December. While some may say it's too little, too late, all were unanimous in agreeing that reaching a global climate pact at all was a huge step forward. 

When it came to their climate wishes for the new year, here's what they had to say:

David Titley, director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk: My climate wish would be that Congress becomes a constructive partner in this challenge. While they may not lead, they could be very helpful with real R&D investments for non-carbon based energy and policies that assess the true cost of carbon.

Simon Donner, climate scientist at the University of British Columbia: My biggest wish is that there is minimal harm from the ongoing El Niño event. El Niños can cause serious droughts in parts of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, not to mention heavy rain and flooding in parts of the U.S. With the bump from global warming, this ongoing El Niño could be one of the deadliest.

Corinne Le Quere, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research: That global carbon dioxide emissions continue to plateau or even decrease in 2016, as they have done in the past two years.

Lesley Hughes, Australia Climate Council councillor: My climate wish for the New Year is that all the parties to the Paris agreement waste no time in not only implementing their current pledges, but also seek to increase their ambition.

You can read the full set of hopes and wishes here.

The New York City Solar Schools Program

Solar One is working with the NYC DOE Sustainability Initiative on a new program called the NYC Solar Schools Education Program. The program is available to schools in buildings that either currently have a rooftop solar photovoltaic array, or are scheduled to have one installed. DOE is working with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on a mayoral initiative to install a combined 100 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity on city-owned buildings, per goals outlined in OneNYC, New York City’s plan for sustainability and resiliency. Solar One educators will be training teachers to deliver this exciting new program.

A key goal of the program is to connect the solar array to curriculum, allowing teachers to use the school’s new energy asset as a tool for students to learn about renewable energy and sustainability, and as a catalyst for STEM learning. 

You can learn more about Solar One's education programs here.

What Would Your Community Group Do with $3,000? Apply by January 25

Through their Neighborhood Grants program, Citizens Committee for NYC awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city. Groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools receive funding priority. 

The grants are on;y available for volunteer-run, community oriented projects. The application deadline is January 25th, and past awards have been given for food access, renewable energy, water reclamation and community  compost projects. 

You can read the guidelines and download the application materials here

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

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

Other Events

Bard MBA in Sustainability Hosts GreenFaith: Religions in Action for the Earth w/ Rev. Fletcher Harper
Impact Hub NYC, 394 Broadway bet White & Walker Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free for Impact Hub members/$10 general admission

Winter E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Chelsea)
Tekserve, 119 West 23rd Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan 10am-4pm, free

Winter E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Upper West Side)
West Side YMCA, 5 West 63rd Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

COP21 Paris Reportback
Mayday Space, 176 St Nicholas Avenue bet Stanhope & Himrod Sts, Brooklyn, 6-9pm, free

GPRO Homes
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9am-3pm, $40 general admission

Cultivating Tradition: A Seed Saving Workshop
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St, Manhattan, 7-8:30pm, free 
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