* HOLIDAY PARTY - Thursday, Dec. 5th at 6:30pm Enjoy
the company of fellow Sierrans and environmentalists as we celebrate our hard
work in 2013 and consider how to succeed in 2014. Beer, wine and munchies will
be served. Manhattan Borough President Elect Gale Brewer will be attending, and
the party is on the schedules of Councilmembers Steve Levin and Daniel
Garodnick, as well as State Senator Liz Krueger. The requested donation is $15 per person (non-members are
encouraged to attend). Please phone 718-638-3533, or send an E-Mail to email@example.com to reserve your
spot at the party.
Earth Day Event at NYU: Live Green Work Green - Sustainable Lives to
Sustainable Careers. If you want a career
and save the planet, make sure you have a background in science! That was the
message heard by undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates at an
NYU event titled, “Live Green Work Green - Sustainable Lives to Sustainable
Careers.” Most panelists and speakers stressed that while they received on the
job training, a background in science, statistics, chemistry and writing
software were most helpful to them. They also stressed that young people should
be open to as many different experiences as possible even non paid internships.
Students took that to heart and many, along with adult participants, approached
the Sierra Club table to find out how to get involved. For more information, click here.
* Do you have a bundle of money and want to give geothermal
energy a try in your home? Well, not so
fast. You’ll need ample space to start, explained Alan Posner at our November
Event. He and two colleagues from the NYC Department of Design and Construction
identifies several NYC institutions, including Queens Botanic Garden, the Bronx
Zoo, Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor and two others, that fit the need for
open space and the ability to do new construction. The engineers and
contractors installed one of three different systems at each location, which
they described in detail and they have written a book describing the process.
For more information, click here.
* The next Sustainability Program is on January 15 2014 with the screening of More
Than Honey with
samples of local honey. Check it out here.
* TransCanada’s Ravenswood Generating Facility provides 21% on NYC’s peak energy demand and it is
the first facility to apply to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
to withdraw water for cooling under a new law governing such withdrawals.
Ravenswood needs water to create steam, which spins turbines to generate
electricity. The water is then returned directly to the East River via an
antiquated “once through” system, with harmful effects on fish and the
environment. The Sierra Club is calling for an environmental impact review and
an upgrade to the best technology to reduce the huge number of fish killed
annually. For more information, see our blog post here. If you are
interested in working on this issue contact Irene Van Slyke at Irene.firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Arthur Kuipers at email@example.com.
For more information see our blog post here.
* Where is the Gowanus Going Today? Glad You Asked. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Record of Decision regarding the cleanup of the Gownaus Canal, which has been designated a superfund site. The ROD establishes the timetable and cleanup method by which the canal area will be decontaminated of toxic chemicals. A community advisory group of residents, including environmental activists, is working to make the canal as clean as possible, so that it might be swimmable and fishable. Read about the canal’s history and details about the cleanup. For more information, click here.
Recent posts on our Blog
over the past month include Indian Point on its
Way Out, in which a long-time activist in the movement to close Indian
Point explains why he is hopeful, and Staten
Island's Neglected North Shore, in which a movement activist writes
about environmental injustice on the North Shore of Staten Island.
don’t forget to check
our calendar, for events of interest to environmentalists
in and around New York City.