Did you know that today marks the beginning of the largest annual human migration? Today, the Lunar New Year celebrations begin for Chinese populations all over the world, and in China alone, 2.8 million people who live away from home will travel across China to visit their families for the beginning of the fifteen day holiday. All together, one sixth of the world’s total population will be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Or Goat. Or Ram.
The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, just released its New York Solar Jobs Census. The district-level Census found that New York’s solar industry employed 7,284 New Yorkers in 2014 and added nearly 2,100 solar jobs over the previous year. New York’s 40% solar industry employment growth allowed it to move to 4th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in New York grew nearly 40 times faster than the state’s employment growth rate of 1.1 percent during the same period.
Vote for Brooklyn’s worthiest local food heroes in Edible Brooklyn’s award contest honoring the farmers, food non profits, restaurants, “food artisans” and merchants who have contributed the most to Brooklyn’s fascinating food culture.
And we’re pleased as punch to see Solar One pals Brooklyn Grange Farm and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm on the short list- good luck, you guys!
You can vote via a short survey here. Voting ends Sunday February 22 and the winners will be announced on Monday February 23.
Food is growing all around us. At the edge of roads, in the cracks of sidewalks, along driveways and byways and especially in parks, edible species abound. Even dandelions, that scourge of smooth green lawns, can be eaten- the tubers as well as the leaves.
In Stuy Cove Park, we have quite a few edible plants, including mulberries, blueberries, mountain mint, rose hips and plenty more than I can name here (but we’ll try and do a special blog post about this as we get closer to spring, including tips on how to get your berries on without hurting our plants!)
Whether they rent their home, own a condo or have a shaded roof, many New Yorkers are currently unable to install solar energy systems. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, only 22-27% of residential roof space is suitable for on-site solar production. This leaves the majority of homes in the dark, without the economic and environmental benefits associated with solar.
2015 could be the year this changes.
To many of us urban dwellers, the sight of a deer in the wild is something of a thrill. When the majority of the wildlife you encounter every day is limited to rodents and pigeons, a white-tailed deer looks beautiful, graceful, a special reminder that nature is all around us.
But to people who live in the suburbs or in the country, deer can be a tremendous nuisance. And now they’ve somehow managed to invade Staten Island- and they are taking over.