In this week's Newsletter: People's Climate Marches attract thousands of marchers across the US, the REV report card 3 years in, fine tune your energy systems with the NYC Retrofit Accelerator and much more!
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People's Climate Marches Attract Thousands Across the Country

It was a hot Saturday in Washington but that didn't stop tens of thousands of people from traveling to the nation's capital to express their displeasure at administration opbjectives that include rolling back Obama-era environmental regualtions, dismantling the EPA, cutting renewable energy investment and opening up coastlines and national parks to oil and gas exploration.

Many of the protesters carried signs with slogans such as “The seas are rising and so are we” and “Don’t be a fossil fool.” As the procession passed the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, marchers booed and chanted “shame.“ The marchers in Washington included Hollywood celebrities and stars of the political left like former Vice President Al Gore and the business magnate Richard Branson. The front of their ranks, though, was reserved for ordinary people: the immigrants, indigenous people, laborers, coastal dwellers and children, who organizers say are most vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.

In addition to DC, large marches were held in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and there were even some marches in Britain and the EU. You can read more from the NY Times here.

REV Report Card: 3 Years In, How Are We Doing?

In April of 2014, three of New York's most influential figures in energy- Governor Andrew Cuomo, state "energy czar" Richard Kauffman and then-chief regulator Audrey Zibelman- launched one of the most ambitious reform efforts in the history of electricity. It was called Reforming the Energy Vision.

It was simple, but extraordinarily bold. Here's how Zibelman explained it: “By fundamentally restructuring the way utilities and energy companies sell electricity, New York can maximize the utilization of resources, and reduce the need for new infrastructure through expanded demand management, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, and energy storage programs.”

So here we are in May 2017, and GreenTech Media has asked Lisa Frantzis, senior vice president at Advanced Energy Economy, to walk you through the plan and its accomplishments on their Interchange podcast. You can listen to it on here.

Come Learn How to Fine Tune Your Energy Systems with the NYC Retrofit Accelerator and Solar One

Simple steps can help you make the best possible use of your energy dollars, from fine tuning existing equipment to encouraging resident engagement in energy savings to prudent planning for equipment upgrades. The NYC Retrofit Accelerator and Solar One invite members of CNYC, ARC and FNYHC to a discussion of best practices in energy management. Information will be provided about incentive and help programs such as the Retrofit Accelerator which provides free energy management guidance to any NYC building requesting it.

There is no fee for CNYC, ARC or FNYHC members to attend this class but advance registration is required. Non-affiliates are welcome at a fee of $35 if received in advance or $50 if paid at the door. Register online at or call 212 496-7400 to reserve your place and learn the location of this class.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 7pm
Location TBD

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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Riverkeeper Sweep
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free with RSVP

NYC Wildflower Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free with RSVP

Other Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Manhattan Plaza
Manhattan Plaza, West 43rd Street bet 9th & 10th Aves, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Jamaica
City Council Member Miler's Office, 172-12 Linden Boulevard bet 172nd & 173rd Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Cobble Hill
PS 29, Baltic street bet Henry & Clinton Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Jackson Heights
37th Avenue bet 78th & 79th Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

Resilience Panel Discussion and Sustainability Awards Reception
Rebuild By Design,NYU Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South bet W. 3rd & W. 4th Sts, Manhattan, 5-8:30pm, $20

Panelized Construction for Architects and Designers
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Streets, Manhattan, 9am-4pm
This event is organized by NYSERDA. For more information including registration, email Gwen McLaughlin at

Measuring Our Harbor: Strong, Healthy, and Open: 2017 Waterfront Conference
Hudson River Park, Pier 40, 353 West Street bet Leroy & King Sts, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $50+

Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Boulevard bet 107th Ave & Sutter Ave, Queens, 6:30-8:30pm, free
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