In this week's Newsletter: ESCR Project and Stuy Cove featured in this month's WIRED magazine, remembering Sandy with a walking tour this Saturday, better energy management for your co-op or condo building and much more!
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WIRED Magazine Features East Side Coastal Resiliency and Stuy Cove

Check out this article in this month's WIRED magazine (guest-edited by none other than President Obama), which examines communities' responses to extreme events, like Superstorm Sandy and the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed 739 people in three days. When sociologist Eric Klinenberg studied the Chicago neighborhoods that fared the worst during the lethal heat wave, he found that social infrastructure- the extent to which people felt safe and connected to their communities, and the support of local institutions including businesses, churches and gathering places- made the biggest difference in how lethal the disaster was, rather than economics, race or any other factor.

Those findings are very important when we consider the future impacts from climate change. One of the goals of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is to enhance social cohesion, defined as how much people trust their neighbors and the strongest indicator of whether the social infrastructure of a neighborhood is effective for its residents. The rendering above shows how an elevated version of Stuyvesant Cove Park could potentially enhance waterfront access while still offering protection to the neighborhood. Click through to the article, and you can drag a slider across to show the rendering under stormy or sunny conditions. Enjoy!

Remember Sandy: A Waterfront Walking Tour of the Lower East Side This Saturday

When the powerful hurricane known as Superstorm Sandy blew into New York City on October 29 2012, it fractured much of the region's critical urban infrastructure and revealed significant social, economic and political faultlines across the city. Storm surge poured into power plants and disabled New York City's water and transit systems, and in the wake of the floods New York City has been reassessing its complex relationships to water.  As plans for adaptation to climate change come closer to reality, we will visit some of the most important sites impacted by Sandy, exploring the complex balance between the natural and man-made worlds while looking at "grey-to-green" solutions to water, power, and public space.

Highlights include: Stuyvesant Cove Park and the Solar 1 environmental education center; the massive ConEd generating station at 14th Street whose failure switched off the lights in Lower Manhattan; the Department of Environmental Protection sewage pump at 13th and D (site of the city's first High Water Mark!); East Village community gardens using green infrastructure to cope with stormwater and reduce CSOs; East River Park, site of the city's largest post-Sandy flood protection project; and Pier 42, a new community-generated waterfront park serving the rapidly gentrifying Two Bridges community.

The tour is free but please RSVP here.

Energy Management for Co-ops & Condos: Heating Efficiency

The NYC Retrofit Accelerator offers CNYC, ARC, FNYHC members an opportunity to better understand and better manage the energy consumption in their buildings. The heating season presents challenges – but these can also be opportunities. Fine tuning your heating equipment and improving insulation are among the low cost measures which enable your building to meet many requirements of the retro-commissioning law as well as to increase resident comfort. This session will help participants better understand their heating systems and discuss ways to save. Information will be provided about incentive and assistance programs such as the Retrofit Accelerator which provides free guidance to large (>50K ft2) NYC buildings requesting assistance to make these and other energy efficiency improvements. 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 by clicking here, or call 212 496-7400 to reserve your place and learn the location of this class.

When: November 9, 2016 at 7pm
Where: Location TBA

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

Other Events

State Senate Roundtable on Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Baruch College, Rackow Room 750, 151 East 25th Street bet 3rd & Lexington Aves, Manhattan, 10am-12pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Inwood
Inwood Hill Park, entrance at Seaman Ave & Isham St, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Upper West Side
JCC, 344 Amsterdam Avenue bet W 75th & W 76th Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Midwood
Midwood Public Library, 975 East 16th Street bet Ave I & Ave J, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

Fossil Fuels Are Scary Halloween Parade Rally
Park Slope, 14th Street & 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, 6:30-8:30pm, free

How Building Services Engineers Can Save Civilization
Arup, East River Meeting Room, 4th Floor, 77 Water Street bet Old slip & Gourverneur Ln, Manhattan, 8-10am, $15 general admission/$10 Urban Green Council members

Let Us Eat Local 2016
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan, 7:30-10pm, $202.50+ 

Disruptive Energy Futures
Columbia University, Jerome Greene Hall, 435 West 116 Street bet Amsterdam Ave & Morningside Dr, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free 
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