In this week's Newsletter: , NYC Wildflower Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park, clean energy networking with EnergeiaWorks and much more!
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New Yorkers for Clean Power Launches at Solar One

On a gray but otherwise pleasant Monday morning, Solar One was pleased to host a press conference to launch New Yorkers for Clean Power, a campaign launched with the support of NRDC, the Sierra Club, the Solutions Project, Frack Action, Catskill Mountaineers and E2.

Activists Betta Broad and Renee Vogelsang, who both worked hard on the campaign to ban fracking in NYS, will be traveling around New York in an electric-powered Ford Fusion to gain support and raise awareness about New York's clean energy plans and to help the state reach the Governor's renewable energy goals of 30% by 2030.

A crowd of about 50-75 people came to the Park to show their support, including actor Mark Ruffalo, who gave a very heartfelt and inspiring speech, Peggy Shepherd, Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Chris Collins, Executive Director of Solar One.

You can learn more about the campaign and when it may be coming to your town here.

Lots of New Stuff Going On for NYC Wildflower Day at Solar One

For many years Stuyvesant Cove Park has participated in NYC Wildflower Week, a citywide event celebrating the natural areas and native plants of New York City. Last year we had many kid-friendly activities. We made seed bombs, a mixture of clay and wildflower seeds meant to be thrown into vacant lots or areas around the city in need of some greening up. We also made flower costumes, had face painting, and made botanical drawings.

This year we will be doing things a little differently!

We want to get participants out into the park and into the soil! All activities are geared towards kids and families, and no experience is necessary. For hands-on gardening activities we will be planting and watering new plants, which will grow throughout the season to become a part of the tapestry of flowers we enjoy every year at the park. We will also be learning about weeds, why we don’t want them in the garden and trying our hand at pulling them out by the roots! Participants can collect and take home acorns from our native oaks to plant in their own back yards or around the city, and there will also be a plant identification relay race with prizes!

Last but certainly not least, we are very excited to be hosting a special talk at 1pm by Mark Brownlee. Mark Brownlee, native plant nurseryman and naturalist, will talk about the evolution of plants from simple algae into their current myriad forms and the role they play in maintaining life as we know it today.

Want to learn more? Visit the Solar One blog!

EnergeiaWorks Launches Renewables Unwind, A Clean Energy Networking Event in Manhattan

EnergeiaWorks would like to invite you to their weekly Renewables Unwind afterwork networking event for professionals in the renewables industry. 

Every Thursday evening from 6pm to 10pm and during the rooftop season, The Penthouse and the Dream Hotel (PhD) on 16th and 9th avenue in NYC are offering their rooftop lounge and terrace to the Unwind to hang and enjoy the vibe and view. Join some of the industry's top engineers, scientists, consultants, contractors and executive managers in solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, smart grid, sustainability or other emerging markets for renewable energy. 

This event kicks off tonight, Thursday May 5 at 6pm and lasts until 10-pm. You can find more info, register and get your free ticket here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

NYC Wildflower Day
Solar 1/Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 11am-2pm, free

Other Events

Green Light: Lighting Codes & Regulations
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $40 general admission/$30 partner organizations
This is just one of a series on Green Lighting events to be held by the Building Energy Exchange on May 6. You can learn about the entire series here.

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: DUMBO
Dumbo Pearl Street Triangle, Pearl St & Anchorage Pl, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Woodlawn
Woodlawn Public Library, 4355 Katonah Avenue bet E. 239th & E. 240th Sts, Bronx, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Hell's Kitchen
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, West 39th Street at 10th Ave, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Hola LES! Mapping for the Future on the Lower East Side
In front of the Stanton Building in Roosevelt Park, Stanton bet Chrystie & Forsyth Sts, Manhattan, 11:30am-1:30pm, free

Feeding the 5000 NYC
Union Square North Plaza, 17th Street bet Broadway & Park Ave S, Manhattan, 11am-4pm, free

Beauty at Low Cost and the Passive House Movement
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $10

Parks Workshop - Partnering for Success
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse bet E. 165th & E. 166th Sts, Bronx, 6:30-8:30pm, free

Gallery Talk: Expandable Lighting Solutions
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 12-1pm, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

Plug & Play: Managing Plug Loads
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations
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