In this week's Newsletter: Volunteer for Solar One, public school teachers can sign up for free professional development training with Solar One, Death Valley, CA experiences the hottest July ever recorded and much more!
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Volunteer for Solar One

Summer is starting to wind down, but there's still plenty of time to volunteer for Solar One.

If you'd like to volunteer in the Park, we will be holding monthly Community Volunteer Days through November. These events are generally held on Saturday mornings and children accompanied by adults are very welcome! Activities include weeding, mulching, watering, pruning and turning our compost piles. You will need to wear weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. The next community volunteer day is scheduled for Saturday September 16 from 10am-1pm. A pizza lunch will be served and you can RSVP to the Park Manager Liza Mindemann at We can also accept groups of corporate volunteers, and you can contact Liza if you're interested in those opportunities as well.

But that's not all! Maybe gardening isn't your thing. Maybe you'd be interested in helping us get out the invitations for our upcoming Oktoberfest fundraising dinner? If you can be available on Friday August 25 anytime between noon to 5pm, please come and help us stuff, address and stamp envelopes. You can RSVP to Events & Park Director Dina Elkan at if you're interested.

We hope to see you soon, and thanks in advance for supporting Solar One!

NYC Public School Teachers: Sign Up for NYC Solar Schools Professional Development Training

The NYC DOE Offices of Sustainability and STEM have partnered to provide another year of FREE NYC Solar Schools Education Program through an immersive 3-day Professional Development training.

This training was
developed to connect solar photovoltaic installations on school buildings to student learning. Teachers learn to use solar as a tool for students to learn about renewable energy and sustainability, and as a catalyst for STEM learning. Solar One will deliver the 3 day professional development training in each borough starting in Fall 2017. 

Seats are limited in each borough and filled quickly last year! Please register through this link: 

Death Valley, CA Is Hotter Than Ever

Maybe it's not exactly fair to judge the weather by the most extreme climates on Earth, but this summer weather historians and meteorological organizations are paying close attention to the temperatures in Death Valley, CA—consistently one of the hottest places in the US. And it's not so much that the National Park in the California desert is breaking new records every day. It's more that the desert is failing to cool down at night, leaving the average temperatures for July well over 105 degrees.

It may not be a record-breaking month globally, and Death Valley may not be the absolute hottest place on Earth, Bakersfield, California; Reno, Nevada; and Salt Lake City, Utah, also had the hottest July, and overall hottest month in their recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But nowhere was as hot as Death Valley National Park. Tourists who visited during the month remarked on the scalding temperatures, even at night, in comments on the park’s Facebook page, but added that it wasn’t hot enough to spoil the experience: “Breathtaking views made us forget all ‘pain,’” commented one visitor.

The National Weather Service says it’s too early to link up the temperatures to climate change. “It’s on everyone’s mind,” said park spokesperson Abby Wines. But weather historian Christopher Burt stresses that even though he doesn’t like to weigh in on climate change, the trend of hotter temperatures in Death Valley surely can be attributed to climate change because of the dearth of other factors, such as an urban heat effect. The role that hotter nights played in the record also is consistent with projected climate change impacts. “That’s a trend we’ve been seeing,” Burt said.

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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10:00am-1pm, free

Other Events

Fishing Clinic at Pier 42 with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
East River at Pier 42, FDR Drive at Jackson St, Manhattan, 4-6pm, free

Sunset Seining
American Littoral Society, 18 Hartshorne Drive bet Hudson & Pennington Rds, Highlands NJ, 6-8pm, $5/free for member families
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