In this week's newsletter: Solar One honored to be an awardee at the UHAB gala February 26th, East River State Park renamed in honor of trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, Climate Mobilization Ace workshop in Queens CB 1 and much more!
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Solar One to Be Honored at UHAB Gala on February 26 

Solar One couldn't be prouder to be among the awardees at the Urban Homesteaders Assistance Board (UHAB) gala on February 26th at the Prince George Ballroom.

For 46 years, UHAB has helped thousands of New Yorkers of limited means "become part of their own housing solutions" by allowing residents of city-owned properties to renovate and manage their buildings as Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperatives. Spurred into existence by the financial crisis of the 1970s when the city allowed more than 10,000 buildings to fall into disrepair, UHAB has helped preserve more than 30,000 apartments and made home ownership a realistic goal for lots of people.

The gala honors Charles Laven, UHAB Board chair and president of Forsyth St. Advisors, who started UHAB in the 1970s, as well as Erica Buckley, a long time advocate for affordable housing. Solar One will be awarded a Community Through Cooperation award for our work with UHAB on the Co-ops Go Solar initiative. Cocktails and a buffet dinner will be served, and there will be an exhibit of the history of UHAB including a display of archive materials.

The gala will be held on February 26th at the historic Prince George Ballroom. Tickets and sponsorships for the gala are available here.

Thank you, UHAB, and congratulations to the Here Comes Solar team for having your great work recognized!

East River State Park to Be Renamed in Honor of Marsha P. Johnson

February is Black History Month, and 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village which are widely considered to have started the movement for LBGT+ rights in the United States. On February 1st, Gov. Cuomo announced that New York will be renaming East River State Park in Williamsburg in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, making it the first state park to honor the life and contributions of a transgender woman.

Johnson was a renowned fighter for LGBTQ civil rights and a leader of the Stonewall gay rights uprising who died in 1992.

Cuomo also renewed his push to end the state’s ban on paying surrogate mothers, which he said would help LGBTQ couples start families. He also wants to create a bill for the surrogate moms and guidelines for contracts between surrogates and biological parents.

The governor also vowed to streamline the process of allowing LGBTQ people or others to adopt their partner’s children and become legal parents. So-called Second Parent Adoption is most common in the case a gay or lesbian couple who uses a surrogate parent to carry the biological child of one of them.

You can read more on the NY Daily News website here.

Queens CB 1 Residents! Want to Learn About the Climate Mobilization Act?

The NYC Climate Mobilization Act aims to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings over the next 10 years by 40%, and one of the methods to achieve this goal is mandating green or solar roofs on new construction and major renovations. It also provides for long-term financing of these upgrades.

On Friday March 6 from 6:30-8:30pm, Solar One and Queens Community Board 1 will present a workshop on the Climate Mobilization Act and what it means for residents and businesses located in Astoria and parts of Long Island City and Woodside. The workshop will cover topics like how to navigate the new restrictions and regulations, a basic introduction to solar photovoltaics and the financing strategies available.

The workshop will be held at the IS 204 Auditorium located at 36-41 28th Street bet 36th & 37th Aves in Queens. The closest subway is the N/W line 36th Avenue stop. We hope to see you there!

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Solar One Events

We currently have no upcoming events scheduled. See you in the Spring!

Upcoming Events

Emerging Professionals February Happy Hour
BBar & Grill, 40 East 4th Street bet 3rd Ave & Lafayette St, Manhattan, 6-9pm, $10 general admission/$5 Urban Green members

Buildings of Excellence: Large-Scale Passive House
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, free

BQX Workshop: Red Hook
PS 676, 27 Huntington Street bet Hicks & Columbia Sts, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm, free
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