July 31, 2021

Paradise Lost: A Family Adapts to Our Changing Planet

With unprecedented flooding, record breaking heat, and rapidly spreading wildfires, loss and devastation monopolize the headlines. Even those of us who have remained gratefully safe are seeing our lives change in more subtle ways, as our plans literally shift with the winds. Here’s one family’s story.

By Pamela Berns

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Energy Efficiency Matters

By Bani Pouyanfar

US energy use is about the same now as it was in 2000, despite economic growth of about 30 percent. Wondering why? The short answer is energy efficiency. In fact, energy efficiency has done more to meet America’s energy needs than oil, gas, and nuclear power over the past four decades and already accounts for over 2.2 million U.S. jobs—10 times more than oil and gas drilling and 30 times more than coal mining.

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July 2, 2021

What to Watch: Two Green Film Reviews

By Tamanna Mohapatra The Biggest Little Farm: Available on: Hulu, Run time:  91 minutes, Release: 2018.More information at: https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com

Directed and narrated by John Chester, a former documentary cinematographer, “The Biggest Little Farm” is both funny and hopeful. This film is almost like watching a dream, except real.  Within the span of seven years, an ordinary couple creates  a sustainable farm without very little background, just by applying one sustainable principle after another. 

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Solar Energy: Making it Last

By Jude Jussim

The capacity for solar power generation in the US has grown tremendously, from 314 megawatts (MW) in 1990 to 47.8 million MW in 2020–over 3% of US electricity. Contributing to this growth has been a dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels, with further reductions likely. 

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May 28, 2021

Monthly Forum: Primary Day (June 22, 2021)—Voting Matters!

By Evan Mason and Raul Larios

If there’s one thing that we learned from the November 2020 elections, it is that voting really does matter.  And in NYC, voting in the primaries matters even more given the fact that  Democrats outnumber  Republicans 8:1. This means that the Democrats who win in the upcoming June 22nd  primary will probably become our political leaders for the next several years.

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May 4, 2021

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’

By Raul Larios

A climate crisis is looming to be sure, but don’t let the sun catch you cryin’, as the title of the Ray Charles song says. That’s because New York City can do its part, in a very big way, to help prevent it.

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May 3, 2021

Monthly Forum: The Future of NYC’s Streetscape

With the mayoral elections coming up and a multi-billion dollar federal infrastructure funding on the horizon, 2021 is a pivotal year in NYC. There is a lot of potential for real change on the Streets of New York. There has been significant progression in making our streets more equitable and sustainable over the last year, but still many roadblocks remain.

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May 2, 2021

Green Careers May: Sustainable Transportation

It’s no secret that transportation is one of the largest hurdles when it comes to climate change. With over 25% of US emissions coming from transportation there are opportunities for private companies and public agencies alike. Come hear about sustainable careers in public transit, bike sharing, and electric vehicles!

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April 29, 2021

How Has NYC Transportation Changed Post COVID?

By Tamanna Mohapatra

The Hudson River Park Trust will be getting $5 million in state funding to build a two-block bicycle and pedestrian path along the West Side Highway.” “The Empire State Trail; a 750-mile network of space for bicyclists, hikers, runners, and others is now complete.” These recent headlines are seemingly good news, but we wanted to take a deeper look at the state of sustainable transportation in our city and ask the question: how has transportation changed post COVID?

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April 4, 2021

Green Tours – Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center (JBENC)

Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center (JBENC)

We are excited to offer a virtual tour of the Net Zero Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center (JBENC). The JBENC, located at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY is the first interactive education center within the New York State Parks system. This unique environmental education center specifically addresses the role of human energy consumption in shaping the natural landscape.

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