In this week's Newsletter: Come learn about Combined Heat & Power (CHP), what's your Climate Thing, the "Year Without Summer", and much more!
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Everything's Coming Up CHP

Did you miss Tuesday's sold out Combined Heat and Power (CHP) breakfast and tour of the Toren Condominium in Brooklyn Heights? Well, you're in luck, because all month long, NYSERDA is hosting events to make this technology more accessible and better understood.

Also known as "co-generation", CHP is actually pretty simple: It's a way of harnessing the heat that's created during electricity generation and using that heat, which normally just escapes into the atmosphere, to help heat and cool the building, thereby making the generating fuel work harder and cost less per joule of energy produced.

So without further ado, here's the CHP event schedule for April 2015:

Tuesday April 14: CHP Power Breakfast at the Municipal Art Society & Tour of the Palace Hotel's CHP System

Wednesday April 22: Brooklyn CHP Industrial Power Basement and Tour of the Red Hook Fairway's CHP System

Friday May 1: Queens CHP Health Care Power Breakfast & Tour of the Silvercrest Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation's CHP System

Sign up now, because these tickets go fast!

What's Your Climate Thing?

Earlier this week, novelist Jonathan Franzen wrote an essay for the New Yorker wherein he bemoaned what he sees as the disproportionate focus on climate over nature- specifically birds. This prompted Grist's David Roberts to respond that in his wide experience writing about the environment, everyone has a climate thing. And that's a good thing.

Why? Because your Climate Thing, whether it's saving native birds, or preserving access to natural space, or shutting down pipelines and pushing for fracking bans, or increasing the use of renewables and ending the use of fossil fuels, or demanding clean air, water and food rights, or participating in composting, beekeeping, even shopping in the Greenmarket, is the part of the overall climate fight that you relate to most and have the most passion to work on. Whatever your Climate Thing is, it's all part of a great, big, necessarily multi-pronged approach to confronting and solving the greatest challenge, probably, that humanity has ever faced. As Roberts accurately points out, each of us is drawn to our particular Climate Thing because of our own experiences, interests, tastes and talents. All these initiatives and more will be needed to change course from an unsustainable, opaque system that exploits the many to benefit the few to a sustainable, open system for everyone.

200 Years Ago, Mount Tambora Erupted and Created the "Year Without Summer"

On April 6, 1815, Mount Tambora, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, erupted in perhaps the largest volcanic explosion in recorded history. The blast, which occurred at sundown, could be heard as far away as Sumatra,1600 miles away.

While tens of thousands of people died in the eruption and its immediate aftermath, the long-term effects were global and severe. So much ash and sulfur dioxide was released into the atmosphere that global temperatures fell sharply and by the summer of 2016, effects were still being felt in North America, where New Englanders had extensive crop failures and frost as late as June, and in Great Britain and Ireland where wheat. corn and potato crop failures led to arson, riots and mass starvation.

Something to consider in the face of proposals to stop the climate crisis with geoengineering! Events like Mount Tambora show how those kinds of strategies could backfire- and tragically.

You can learn more about the Mount Tambora disaster on Treehugger here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Stay tuned for more spring events coming up soon!

Other Events

For the Long Haul: Care, Intention and Steadiness in Radical Organizing Book Release Party
The Commons Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Avenue bet Hoyt & Bond Sts, Brooklyn, 7:30-10pm, free

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

Load Out!
The empty Lot @ 11 East 3rd Street bet 2nd Ave & Bowery, Manhattan, 11am-2pm, $5 general public/free for students and artists

Spring E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Upper West Side)
Jewish Community Center, Amsterdam Avenue bet 76th & 77th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Newtown Creek Alliance Public Workshop on the North Henry Street Site
North Henry Street and Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 11am-3pm, free

{Green Careers} April 2015 Meeting - Elevator Pitch
Steven Winter Associates, 307 7th Avenue, 17th Flr, bet 27th & 28th Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free

Finalizing Your Clean Heat Conversion Webinar
Online, 12-1pm, free

WE Bike NYC'S April Happy Hour
Mess Hall, 2194 Frederick Douglass Boulevard bet 118th & 119th Sts, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free 
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