Last week, the de Blasio administration announced some major changes in the city’s sustainability programs: The Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and the Office of Environmental Coordination will merge into a single Office of Sustainability, to be led by Nilda Mesa, formerly of Columbia University. Ms. Mesa has led the Office of Environmental Coordination since September.
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How can I make my heating system quieter? Reduce my bills? Eliminate drafts? Stop smelling foul smells from my neighbors?
In this educational evening, you will learn some basic building science and solutions to your heat and comfort problems, techniques for working with your building residents, and state monies available to help make everything work better.
1359 Broadway bet 36th and 37th Sts
Attend as our guest for FREE by using the discount code “Solar1″ when you register here.
On Sunday September 21, you can be part of what looks likely be the biggest march for climate justice EVER.
The March will kick off Climate Week in NYC, as world leaders converge on the UN to try, once again, to craft a global response to the climate crisis. The March begins at Columbus Circle at 11:30am (groups will be assembling on Central Park West between 59th and 86th Sts) and will proceed east on 59th Street to 6th Ave, south on 6th Ave to 42nd St, and west on 42nd St to 11th Ave. You can find full details and sign up here.
Organizers 350.org is calling for this March to be the biggest, the most beautiful and the most impactful demand for a serious plan for the global environment. Don’t miss it!
Poster by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
After more than a century of thinking in a certain way about electricity and how it is delivered and sold, things are changing. Every day seems to herald a new milestone in renewable energy, and in distributed generation in particular. The role and leverage of the utilities seems like its about to undergo a fundamental change, and in New York State, the NY Sun Initiative is poised to invest never-before-seen sums into expanding the use of solar power through community solar initiatives and microgrid projects.
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Island nations are at particular risk from climate change, for fairly obvious reasons: Rising sea levels could obliterate whole nations over the next century. Many of them, particularly in the Caribbean, rely on diesel-powered gird electricity that must be imported at great expense- some countries pay up to $.55 per kWh (compared to NYC, where electricity rates generally stay at least a few cents under $.25/kWh).
The Carbon War Room (CWR) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) thought that it might be possible to do better by harnessing investors, environmental consultants and island governments to broker commitments and create plans to switch from diesel to renewable power.
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On January 8 in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2014 State of the State address. While the broadcast version of the address focused on tax relief, affordable housing and airport renovations, the print version of the address has a section with some very welcome and ambitious plans for energy independence for New York- not by focusing on hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as fracking) but by increasing the amount of decentralized electricity generation. In other words, community solar, where neighbors band together to buy or lease systems together, lowering their initial costs and creating a neighborhood microgrid that can help restore power during blackouts and superstorms.
The relevant section on solar begins on page 70, and here’s a sample of what’s in store for community solar in NY in 2014:
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