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No Fracking in New York State

nofracknowaynyAfter literally years of study, New York State and Gov. Cuomo have made a decision: There will be no fracking for natural gas in New York State.

If you haven’t been following so far, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process whereby large amounts of chemically-laced water are forced through relatively fragile shale rock formations, breaking them and forcing trapped gas to flow into wells. There is an immense shale formation called the Marcellus Shale, part of which lies under New York State’s Southern Tier (the area near Binghamton).

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More Humpback Whales Than Ever Are Swimming Around NYC

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When most people think of whale watching in NYC, they’re most likely envisioning an afternoon at the NY Aquarium. But actually within the last few years, whales have been seen feeding off the shores of the city, and in ever-increasing numbers.

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“More Trees, More Plants, More Raptors”: Meet Nilda Mesa, NYC’s New Sustainability Director

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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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Holiday E-Waste Recycling Is Going On Now

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This holiday season, lots of people will be getting shiny new toys to play with: game consoles, TVs, computers, tablets, phones and smartwatches. Some people will even get new appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances. Even though holiday shopping is down this year, rest assured that  the holidays still add up to a lot of trash and waste.

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Cranksgiving Returns to Solar One This Saturday

Cranksgiving is an annual bike ride/scavenger hunt/food drive, helping to feed the hungry on Thaksgiving for the past 15 years. And unlike other, much more notorious holiday food drives, this one does not involve drinking (until the afterparty, of course), carolling or the despoiling of sidewalks or stoops. Costumes are optional!

Collected food will be donated to the Bowery Mission, a fantastic NYC charity for the homeless. Their pantry shelves are pretty bare right now, so they need you more than ever!

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Meet a NYSERDA EDGE ROC: Samuel Man

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The Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program offers local, regionally-based access to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs.

NYSERDA works with 27 Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) strategically located throughout New York State’s 10 regions to extend NYSERDA’s program outreach to commercial, institutional, municipal, industrial and residential customers. Sam i soine of them; he works at Solar One.

Tell me about your background.
I was born in Manhattan, attended Brooklyn Tech High School then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as a communications technician.  I graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Urban Planning and am currently taking classes at CCNY towards a graduate degree in sustainability.

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