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NYC Sees Exponential Solar Growth, Poised to Add Resiliency to City

CUNY Expands Solar Efforts State-Wide Solar Summit Presentations & Agenda NYC Resilient Inverter Workshop Technical Presentations  At the 7th annual NYC Solar Summit the City University of New York (CUNY) convened New York’s power leaders to discuss market growth strategies and the role solar can play in emergencies, grid resiliency and demand response. In 2012, the NYC solar market grew by 85% over the previous year and is projected to continue on a rapid upward trajectory based on the significant number of new PV applications that were filed so far in 2013. As the megawatts of power supplied by solar
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Spring Update: How Not To Get Hit On Your Bike.

Riding your bike more now that it’s getting warmer? You’re helping slow climate change and getting in shape while getting your groceries. Recents studies show that people who switch to bike commuting loose an average of 18 lbs in the first year. The keeping fit part is only useful as long as you don’t get mushed in the process. Dusting off the helmet is a one part of keeping safe on your bike. Avoiding getting hit is arguably as important.  Bicyclesafe’s concise, clear, and sometimes amusing, primer on How Not To Get Hit By Cars makes the case for keeping upright. It
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Bored? Hold an Office Community Kitchen Clean Out

Move the culture of your office towards waste reduction by gathering forces to get rid of the mess in the kitchen. (Including all the tiny over packaged bits of salt, sugar and sweet and low.) Chuck the plastic stirrers and spoons, take the paper cup holder off the water cooler or better yet set the water cooler in the hall. Take this great opportunity for the office to create a more fun-ctional culture within the building. Ask team members to think of ways to replace throw away items. (seems backwards to throw out the plastic spoons unused? Better to cut the
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Sustainability: 4 Steps to Getting Buy-in

Jesper Bank Environmental & Energy Management News The good news: There is a business case for sustainability.Several recent studies from leading scholars from Harvard and the London School of Economics confirm that companies with an operating model that integrates sustainability outperform their “old model” peers in the long run. Not just in terms of higher stock market returns, but also with lower debt costs and fewer capital constraints – this means improved risk management, less volatility and improved profitability [1]. The financial advantages of sustainability are not limited to lower debt costs and easier access to borrowed money. Perhaps more
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UN Launches Campaign Against Food Waste

Just Food The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that a third of all food produced is wasted. Others put their estimate at closer to fifty percent. Significant differences in food waste trends are found between developing and developed countries. In January, the UN launched a new campaign, Think-Eat-Save, which aims to reduce global food waste estimated at 1.3 billion tons a year.
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Move NY Campaign Seeks Interviews

From: Alex Matthiessen The Move NY campaign (to modernize NY’s regional transportation system) is producing a video for the campaign that will be posted on the campaign’s website (launching in less than a month) and spread virally to the maximum extent possible. We have some good interviews but there are a few categories of commuter type we are missing so if you know any folks who fit one of the four descriptions below, please send us his/her contact info as soon as possible. This is their moment for 15 minutes of serious fame! We are looking for interviewees for a video
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Yonkers Mayor Spano Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

City Establishes Hotline for Reporting and Increased Penalties for Lawbreakers. YONKERS, NY – December 14, 2012 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano launched a new “It’s Dumb to Dump” anti-dumping program last week, part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets Initiative, targeting those who illegally dump their garbage in the city.  The new effort includes increased fines and the launch of a dumping hotline for residents to report any signs of illegal activity.“The name of this program says it all, it’s simply dumb to dump,” said Mayor Spano. “Illegal dumping isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a health and environmental hazard and it’s
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