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May 2014

Spring Sustainability Series continues on Wednesday, June 18 about PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN with Speaker Judith Enck,  EPA Head of Region 2. Our full Spring series and location information is here.

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* The Sierra Club and other organizations pulled a large crowd for a program with a panel on the dangers of fast-track approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). NYC City Council Member Helen Rosenthal said the biggest problem she had initially about the TPP was the secrecy which surrounded its drafting and the proposal that it be voted up or down without debate (fast track). She told the audience that she has introduced a resolution in the Council opposing fast track. Of particular concern is part of the agreement about the “investor-state” relationship (see here) and other speakers discussed other substantive problems with the TPP (see here). You can see the diverse list of speakers here.

* More than 50 people came to our event on photovoltaics. The speakers included Max Joel of Solar One, Solar One, New York City’s Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, and Marlene Brown of the Federal National Laboratories in New Mexico.  Max spoke about the experience and challenges of developing solar power in an urban setting. Marlene talked about her own experience with solar and how she has trained people to put solar on their own homes. Sierra Club member, Lucy Koteen, who lives in Queens and installed solar on her home, showed pictures and discussed the process she experienced. I think anyone who was there would tell you this was one of the liveliest and most interested discussions have had in the series this year.


NYC Newsletter May 2014
Credit: Gary Nickerson

*We Were On the Bus Again . . . this Time to the State Democratic Convention on Long Island. About 300 of us from Long Island, New York (2 busloads) and the Hudson Valley came on a drizzly day to demand from Governor Cuomo that New York State not be fracked. On our bus, 2 enthusiastic fifth grade students, who knew more than many adults we know, were there on a civics class assignment, passing out a petition against fracking that everyone on the bus signed. When we got there we were greeted by another 5th grade class from a Long Island School that had also been learning about fracking and about how government worked. The day may have been gray but spirits were high and chants were starting at one end of the line, worked down to the other, and then back again.  You can see more pictures of this event here.


Check out these recent posts on our Blog: Breaking News – Mayor rejects plan to boost park funding, A Solution to the Global Warming Debate? and What if you Might Get Hit by A BIG Asteroid? And don’t forget to check our calendar and the Upcoming Events on all pages of our site for events of interest to environmentalists in and around New York City.

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