In this week's Newsletter: NYLCV to honor Solar One at the NY Yacht Club on November 14, understanding climate change by eating it, up[coming community meetings for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project and much more!
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NYLCV to Honor Solar One at 2016 NYLCV Cocktail Party

The New York League of Conservation Voters is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. And Solar One couldn't be more proud to be the non-profit honoree at this year's NYC Cocktail Party on November 14. NYS Energy and Finance Chair Richard Kauffman will also be honored with an award for Leadership and Innovation in Clean Energy, and Invenergy LLC will be honored as the Corporate Honoree for their work in helping New York achieve its clean energy goals.

New York State faces a wide range of sustainability challenges that differ from region to region. In urban areas like Buffalo and New York City, mass transit and green buildings are key to reducing energy use and fighting climate change. In suburban areas, smart growth is vital to controlling sprawl while in rural districts, farmland preservation and open space protection are top sustainability priorities. NYLCV helps voters understand where their elected officials stand on environmental issues, and makes policy and budgetary recommendations that support ecological goals. 

Tickets and sponsorships for the 2016 NYC Cocktail Party are available here. Non-profit ticket prices start at $125, general admission tickets are $300 and sponsorships are $1,000 and up. We hope to see you there!
 

Would It Be Easier to Understand Climate Change If We Could Eat It?

Climate science may seem like a relatively new discipline, but it actually dates back to the early19th century, when scientists first became aware of past ice ages and the natural greenhouse effect By the end of that century, as the Industrial Revolution swung into high gear, some scientists were already suggesting that human activity could play a role.

Fast forward 125 years or so, and many, many tons of greenhouse gases later, it's still difficult to explain climate change in a way that feels immediate..but not hopeless.

So experimental artist/philosopher Jonathan Keats has worked out a new idea: Creating climate models that people can eat, in a process called "data gastronification". His "anthropocenic sorbets" attempt to link the brain and the digestive system- second only to the brain itself in terms of the number of firing neurons- to make a more visceral connection to the idea of a warming planet.

You can read the whole interview with Jonathan Keats on Grist.org here. And if you're in Berlin this weekend, you can try some of Jonathan's anthropocenic sorbet at the STATE Festival.

 

Come to the Next Round of East Side Coastal Resiliency Community Meetings

The City of New York will host a series of community input sessions and community design update presentations for stakeholders of the City's East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project. ESCR aims to reduce coastal flooding impacts, improve resiliency, and enhance the public waterfront along the East River between Montgomery Street and East 25th Street.

At the November 14th community input session, stakeholders are invited to provide input on future plans for the Asser Levy and Murphy Brothers Playgrounds, which will be redesigned as part of ESCR.

The November 28th, December 1st, and December 7th community design update sessions will provide an update on the entire project with a focus on specific project areas. 

Details for all meetings are listed below and can be found on the ESCR website here:

Community Input Session

Asser Levy Park and Murphy Brothers Playground
Monday, November 14, 2016 
6:30P - 8:30P
Washington Irving High School
40 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

This location is wheelchair accessible. For special needs assistance or translation, please contact Fay Lee at (718) 391-2411 or leefa@ddc.nyc.gov by November 9, 2016.

Community Design Update Presentations

Project Area Two (East 14th St. to East 25th St.)
Monday, November 28, 2016
6:30P - 8:00P
Washington Irving High School
40 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003


Project Area One South (Montgomery St. to East Houston St.)
Thursday, December 1, 2016
6:30P - 8:30P
Gouverneur Health Center
227 Madison St.
New York, NY 10002

Project Area One North (East Houston St. to East 14th St.)
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:30P - 8:30P
Cornerstone Community Center at Campos Plaza
611 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10009

All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese interpreters will be present at each of the community design update presentations. A Fujianese interpreter will be present on December 1. Dinner will be provided. For special needs assistance, please contact Fay Lee at (718) 391-2411 or leefa@ddc.nyc.gov by November 21, 2016.

For more information on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, visit the project website at www.nyc.gov/escr.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

We currently have no events scheduled, but there may be some more Park Volunteer events before the end of November. For more info, please contact liza@solar1.org.

Other Events


11/4
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s Positive Impact Awards
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Avenue, Suite 704, bet Marcy & Tompkins Aves, Brooklyn, 6-9pm, free

11/7
Achieving the NYC Carbon Challenge for Hospitals
Arup, East River Meeting Room, 4th Floor, 77 Water Street bet Old Slip & Gourverneur Ln, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15 general admission/$10 Urban Green Council members

11/8
It's Election Day! Get out and vote!

11/9
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Benefit
The William Vale, 110 North 13th Street bet Nassau & Wythe Aves, Brooklyn, 6:30-10:30pm, $500+

11/10
Bill McKibben on the Fate of the Earth
The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, bet E. 13th & E. 14th Sts, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free
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