In this week's Newsletter: How millennials are changing the world with their crazy food trends, how renewables really affect the grid, NYC Food Waste Fair and much more!
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Are Millennial Food Preferences Changing the World?


From avocado toast to zucchini noodles, Americans under 40 are eating a lot more vegetables- 52% more- than a decade ago. And with a cohort of 80 million with $600 billion per year in consumer spending power, their overall impact on what we eat and how we eat it looks like it will be looming large for decades to come. By 2020, this age group will have over $1.4 trillion at their command. This is good news for some kinds of businesses...and bad news for others.

According to the Huffington Post, casual dining chains are losing market share, and Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith explicitly blamed millennial customers in a letter to shareholders last month. Much more than past generations, millennials like to cook at home, and have helped increase the number of farmer's markets nationwide: 180 new markets have opened across the country between 2006 and 2014. They've influenced Chipotle to offer organic, GMO-free fare and Kraft to take the yellow dye out of its boxed macaroni and cheese. And more are entering the workforce every year, increasing their buying power and their influence over our food systems.

The millennial generation is the butt of a lot of jokes...but if they continue to influence how healthy our food is, we might not be laughing as much in a few years. You can read more at Alternet.org here.

Countries with the Most Renewables Have the Fewest Power Outages

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has hinted that he believes renewables make grids less resilient by pricing "baseload" coal and nuclear plants out of business. And he is currently in the midst of a 60 day study that will aim to prove just that.

According to a memo to the Department of Energy's chief of staff that was obtained by Bloomberg News, Perry said:

“Baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid. We are blessed as a nation to have an abundance of domestic energy resources, such as coal, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric, all of which provide affordable baseload power and contribute to a stable, reliable and resilient grid. Over the last few years, however, grid experts have expressed concerns about the erosion of critical baseload resources."

Experts immediately started producing evidence, including a report from a prominent anti-subsidy libertarian think tank) and real-world experience (including from Perry's home state of Texas) showing that variable renewables aren't the threat to grid reliability that the Energy Secretary implies.

The latest to weigh in: David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission and David Olsen of the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors.

The two prominent energy experts penned an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, calling DOE assumptions about grid reliability "nonsense."

Will they sway the DoE? Color us a little skeptical. You can read more about this on GreentechMedia.com here.

Come to the NYC Food Waste Fair

A “soup to nuts” approach to food waste prevention, recovery and recycling. New York City businesses throw away more than 650,000 tons of food waste annually—yet food scraps aren’t garbage. Instead, that food could be used to feed people and animals, nourish soil, grow healthy food, and create energy. Businesses, investors and policymakers are eager to reduce their food waste footprint, and crave information about practical, tangible, shelf-ready solutions. By pairing an expo-style event with workshops, digital content and live demonstrations, the NYC Food Waste Fair will provide critical resources, and catalyze a growing industry. The NYC Food Waste Fair will equip business owners and managers with the knowledge, tools and connections to build a waste prevention plan from scratch, or take existing programs to the next level. The exhibit hall will showcase dozens of vendors offering food waste prevention, recovery and recycling services. And workshops will provide information from city government officials on how to comply with laws and regulations, as well as tips from experts on how to achieve tangible, cost-effective results.

When: Tuesday July 25 from 9am-6pm
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street bet Franklin & West Sts, Greenpoint
Cost: $25 early bird discount/$50 general admission
Tickets are available here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

6/26
Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents Stillwell Widows
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30-8pm, free

6/27
Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents John Colianni Quintet
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30-8pm, free
Rescheduled from June 19.

Other Events


6/24
Eco Volunteer Day and Community Paddle
Bronx River Forest at Burke Avenue Bridge, Bronx, 10am-2pm, free

Volunteer at the Epic Ride!
Building Bay 9 West on the Riis Beach Boardwalk, 16702 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach Channel Drive, Queens, 8:30am-4pm, free

6/25
National Lighthouse Museum – America’s Cup Race Live Feed Viewing from Bermuda & BBQ
National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, St. George, Staten Island, 12-3pm, $40

6/26
Paris Accord Panel: What's Next for New York?
Educational Alliance, Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway bet Jefferson & Clinton Sts, Manhattan, 6-9pm, free

6/27
Food Waste to Biogas: Clean Energy Connections
WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street bet 6th Ave & Varick St, Manhattan, 7-10pm, $25 general admission/$10 students w/ID

6/29
WELL(ness) at Work: Office Tours and Discussion— How We Did It
CookFox Architects, 250 West 57th Street, 17th Floor, bet 7th & 8th Aves, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $10 panel only
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