In this week's Newsletter: Happy birthday to our great partner NY Cares, how you can tell if your Rep is serious about climate change, don't miss your chance to enjoy the SCPA's summer music series  and much more!
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NY Cares & Stuyvesant Cove Park: Doing Great Things Together for Another Year

While Stuyvesant Cove may seem like a small park, you might be surprised to learn that it takes an awful lot of work to maintain. Summers in the Park are non-stop weeding, watering and trash collecting extravaganzas, and with only three staff members fully dedicated to working in the Park, we can't possibly do it all alone. One of our best partners in the Park is NY Cares, the city's volunteering organization.

Over the past year, NY Cares has run 10 projects in collaboration with the Park staff, recruiting volunteers for 126 opportunities for a total of 397 hours of meaningful community service. And those hours are doubly valuable to the Park, because in addition to the actual work completed, we also get credit for those hours as in-kind donations toward the total funding of the Park itself!

This year, NY Cares is celebrating 30 years as an organization, and across the whole city, their volunteers helped over 400,000 New Yorkers who really needed it. Happy birthday from Solar One, NY Cares! You don't look a day over 25!

And if you'd like to come to our next Community Volunteer Day in the Park on July 15th, please RSVP to

How to Tell if Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change

Check out Bill McKibben's latest article in Rolling Stone magazine, which offers tips on how to tell whether or not your representatives are serious about combating climate change. While we definitely recommend the whole article, here's a bullet list of the main points. Up until now, many reps may not have considered climate change a high priority. But with the science in danger of being suppressed and majorities in every single state (even coal-fired West Virginia) saying that pulling the US out of the Paris Accords was a mistake, there's never been a better time to turn up the heat on elected officials and get them to clarify their position on the climate. Here are three simple criteria for determining whether your local politicians are serious enough to pass the climate test.
  • They are committed to converting to 100 percent renewable energy, with a clear plan and timetable for how to achieve this goal.
  • They will work to keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground, and that means saying no to new fossil fuel infrastructure, like pipelines, refineries, anchorages, mines and fracking wells.
  • They understand natural gas could be the most dangerous fuel of all, even though it has long been touted as a cleaner burning bridge fuel that's better for the environment than oil or gas. But that argument only holds if some of the effects of natural gas production aren't calculated, like water contamination from fracking chemicals and the release of methane, a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
One of the best things to come out of this dark time is the determination of regular Americans to keep our country on track to fight for a healthy and sustainable future. Thanks for doing your part!

Stuyvesant Cove Park Association's Summer Music Series Continues Through July

What could be nicer than sitting by the river on a clear summer night, listening to musicians play swing, jazz or classic rock? Nothing, that's what! And now through the end of the month, you can come experience exactly that at the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association's annual summer concert series.

Yesterday's concert with the NY Swing Orchestra was postponed due to possible inclement weather, but here's the rest of the schedule as it now stands. Because summer weather is unpredictable, some concerts may be postponed until rain dates can be agreed upon:

July 10:  Jason Green & the Labor of Love
July 12:  John Colianni Quintet
July 17:  The NYPD Jazz Band
July 19:  Josh Davis Quartet
July 24:  Laughing Boy

All concerts are free and suitable for all ages. Music starts at 6:30 and finishes at 8pm. Also, on Saturday July 8th, the Park Association will present its annual folk dancing event from 7-8pm. As with the music concerts, this event is free and open to all ages. Rain date for folk dancing is Sunday, July 9th at 7pm. See you on the dance floor!
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Presents Folk Dancing with Christine Meyers
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 7-8pm, free
Rain date is Sunday, July 9th at 7pm.

Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free
Includes free pizza lunch. RSVP to

Rooftop Films Summer Series: LA Times
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 8pm-1:30pm, $15

Other Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: St. Albans
North east corner of Farmers Blvd & Murdock Ave, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Flatlands
Georgetown Shopping Center, 2181 Ralph Avenue bet Ave K & Ave L, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

Sunset Seining
American Littoral Society, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ, 6-8pm, $5 general public/free for ALS members

Conquering the Energy Code - Architects & Engineers: Commercial
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street, Blue Room, 9th Floor, bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $75
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