In this week's Newsletter: It's NYC Climate Week, come to the 2017 Urban Green Conference on October 4, climate education matters and much more!
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Climate Week NYC IS Back

Taking place between September 18-24 in New York City, Climate Week NYC is one of the key summits in the international calendar and has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched by The Climate Group in 2009.

This year, Climate Week NYC comes at a critical point in the global response to climate change. The summit will take place alongside the UN General Assembly and will bring together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase the unstoppable momentum of global climate action. Climate Week NYC is the collaborative space for climate-related events in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and NGOs are all invited to participate in the iconic week, through the Climate Week NYC Affiliate Events program. From panel discussions, to concerts, exhibitions and seminars, organizations and individuals can play a pivotal role in advancing the debate, driving awareness, and keeping climate action at the top of the global agenda.

You can find out more about specific Climate Week events on their website here.

Come to the 2017 Urban Green Conference on October 4

Three years ago, New York committed to reducing citywide carbon emissions by 80
percent by 2050—their plan to do so focuses on three things:
  1. Cut building energy use in half,
  2. Electrify systems to reduce fossil fuel use in buildings, and
  3. Green the grid (make the grid carbon neutral)
However, the path to achieving all three legs by 2050 is cluttered with uncertainty,
raising more questions than answers. When is the right time to electrify building
systems? Which technologies will we be seeing more of? Who will do the work?

Urban Green’s 2017 Conference, It’s Electrifying: Exploring NYC’s Climate Plan to
Electrify Buildings
, will feature a robust dialogue on emerging energy and building
technologies and will examine the central assumptions about how we’ll build and
operate our buildings over the coming decades.

Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 8:30am
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street bet 5th & 6th Aves, Manhattan

Charlotte Matthews, Related Companies
Scott Frank, JB&B
Steven Bluestone, ICF Panels, Helix Rebar, Passive Dwellings
Chris Cavanagh, National Grid
Margarett Jolly, Con Edison
Janet Joseph, NYSERDA
John Reese, Eastern Generation Co.
Marc Zuluaga, SWA

You can use the code ELECTRIFYSOLARONE to get $10 off the ticket price. Register here!

Climate Education Matters

This week, members of the Solar One education team attended a high level climate education event organized by COP 22 Presidency, in partnership with UNFCCC, UNICEF, and Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. The event brought together global leaders, who are working within their communities to promote climate education. The panel included representatives from Morocco, Fiji and Canada, who shared some insight on the ways they are addressing climate education. The NYC Deputy Commissioner of Energy Management, Mr. Anthony Fiore, explained some of the ways New York City is scaling up climate education.  Mr. Fiore mentioned a number of projects that Solar One is a part of including the energy challenge for schools, solar education, and green workforce development training with people that are currently incarcerated.

The event also included students who actively participated in the climate education discussion. One major highlight came from Jona David, a 12 year old author, who has written books that incorporate themes around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Overall, the event was inspirational and provided a space for leaders to come together and think about how we can work collaboratively to address climate change education in the 21st century.
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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

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Chelsea
Mike's Tech Shop, 120 West 20th Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Bushwick
Irving Square Park, Knickerbocker Avenue bet Halsey & Weirfield Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

Sunday Morning Bird Walk in Stuyvesant Cove Park
20th Street entrance to Stuyvesant Cove Park, 20th St & Ave C, Manhattan, 8:30-10:30am, free
Presented by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association.

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Woodhaven
Forest Park, Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot, Queens, 10am-2pm, free

Campus and Community Energy Master Planning
USAI Lighting Showroom, 13 Crosby Street bet Grand & Howard sts, Manhattan, 12-1:30pm, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

Urban Green Council Fall Member Reception
Knoll, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, bet W. 53rd & W. 54th Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15 Urban Green members/$25 non-members

Solar Uptown Now West Side Kick-off Meeting
WE ACT for Environmental Justice, 1854 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 152nd St, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

Climate Forum Series: Hurricanes and Hurricane Preparedness
New York Aquarium, Education Hall, 602 Surf Avenue at Shell Road, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm, free with registration

Tour Sims Municipal Recycling Center
Sims Municipal Recycling, 472 Second Avenue, Brooklyn, 3-4:30pm, $10 early birds/$15 procrastinators

Solar Uptown Now East Side Kick-Off Meeting
UHAB Community Training Center, 2283 Second Avenue at E. 117th St, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

Meet a Solar One Staff Member: Gary Smith, Workforce Training Instructor

Gary Smith came to Solar One in 2011 as the coordinator of Solar One’s Whole Buildings Education program where he helped buildings achieve energy savings and reduce their environmental impact through education, creating awareness, and encouraging behavior change.

Gary joined Solar One’s Green Workforce Training program as an instructor in 2014. Gary is certified in BPI Building Analyst, BPI Multifamily Building Operator, and GPRO Operations and Maintenance . He has also completed Envirolution’s Win-Win Campaign for energy auditors.

Prior to his work with Solar One, Gary served as an after school educator for Boys and Girls Harbor and taught GED math.
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