In this week's Newsletter: NYC to add 1,000 electric cars to the municipal fleet, Solar One is hiring an environmental educator, where (and what) is NYC's biggest tree and much more!
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NYC to Add 1,000 Electric Cars to Municipal Fleet

Last year at around this time, the City of New York announced its Clean Fleet Initiative, a plan to cut carbon emissions generated by non-emergency vehicles in the municipal fleet by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2035. 

This will require converting 2,000 vehicles to run emission free, and now the City has signed a contract with General Motors to deliver 1,000 all-electric Chevy Bolts- half of the targeted number. The Bolt is a large sedan that get more than 200 miles on a single charge. The first 50 Bolts will hit the streets in the spring of 2017. 

In addition to the new electric cars, the NYC City Council has just passed a bill that would see new EV charging stations installed in publicly accessible locations in each borough.

You can read more on Inhabitat.com here.

Calling All Environmental Educators! Solar One Is Hiring!

Are you a college graduate with experience teaching science to middle- and/or high-school students, and leading professional development trainings for teachers? Do you love the environment and want to help us teach kids to love it too? 

If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please throw your hat in the ring to become Solar One's new full time Educator. You can read all the details of the position at Idealist.org here, and you can learn more about Solar One's Green Design Lab curriculum here.

 

Meet NYC's Biggest Tree, and Find the Largest Tree in Your Borough

Did you know that NYC has been doing a tree census? The Parks Department, with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers, surveyed the street trees in every borough, and guess what? There are a lot of trees out there! 666,134 (a 12.5% increase since 2006) is the magic number, and not only did volunteers count the trees, they also mapped and measured them, and documented their species. 

Queens has the most trees, but the Bronx has seen the biggest increase in the number of trees on the streets- 30%! Queens is also home to the biggest NYC street tree, a pin oak in Little Neck with a diameter of 87 inches (pictured above). And while that wouldn't break any records among sequoias in Northern California, it's pretty impressive for the Concrete Jungle.

Want to know more about the trees where you love? Parks has also created this interactive map to help you explore the trees in your neighborhood. And you can read more about this on DNAInfo.com here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

We currently have no events scheduled, but there may be some more Park Volunteer events before the end of November. For more info, please contact liza@solar1.org.

Other Events


12/2
Green Light: LED Lighting- Evaluation & Selection
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $40 general admission/$30 partner organizations

Green Light: Advanced Controls- Types & Functions
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 11am-12:30pm, $40 general admission/$30 partner organizations

Green Light: Lighting Retrofits- Strategies & Applications
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 1:30-3pm, $40 general admission/$30 partner organizations

12/3
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Springfield Gardens
Springfield Boulevard bet Lucas St & Merrick Blvd, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

12/4
March in Solidarity with Veterans Standing with Standing Rock
Union Square North, East 17th Street & Broadway, Manhattan, 2-4pm, free

12/5
"Putting a Price on Carbon" Public Forum
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 6:30-8:45pm, free

12/6
Clean Energy Connections Panel Discussion Series: Emerging Trends in Clean Energy Jobs
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC, 44 Charlton Street at Varick St, Manhattan, 6:30-9:30pm, $25 general admission/$10 students

12/7
Deep Energy Retrofit: Warren Hall at Cornell University
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15

12/8
United for Action Potluck Holiday Party
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street bet Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, free

Annual Greenbelt Conservancy Holiday Party
Liberty Tavern, 382 Forest Avenue bet Sharon & Oakwood Aves, Staten Island, 7-10pm, $25+
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