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Congestion Pricing Is Back, But Is It Better Than Ever?

bkbridgetrafficRemember the congestion pricing plan that was floated by the Bloomberg administration back in 2008? It had its critics and it had its flaws, and it ultimately died a death in the State Assembly, in no small part thanks to Sheldon Silver’s opposition. But it is a new day, a new administration, and Move NY has proposed a new congestion pricing plan (read the full plan here).

Things have changed a lot in the past seven years, obviously. But have they changed enough to transform our transportation system?

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Sheep, Goat or Ram

chinesenewyearDid you know that today marks the beginning of the largest annual human migration? Today, the Lunar New Year celebrations begin for Chinese populations all over the world, and in China alone, 2.8 million people who live away from home will travel across China to visit their families for the beginning of the fifteen day holiday. All together, one sixth of the world’s total population will be celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Or Goat. Or Ram.

And this year, Chinese media is encouraging people to consider the environment when planning their celebrations.

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Solar Jobs Are Up, Up, Up in New York

solarjobsThe Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, just released its New York Solar Jobs Census. The district-level Census found that New York’s solar industry employed 7,284 New Yorkers in 2014 and added nearly 2,100 solar jobs over the previous year. New York’s 40% solar industry employment growth allowed it to move to 4th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in New York grew nearly 40 times faster than the state’s employment growth rate of 1.1 percent during the same period.

To read the full report, click here.

Vote for Edible Brooklyn’s 2015 Local Heroes

localheroawardsVote for Brooklyn’s worthiest local food heroes in Edible Brooklyn’s award contest honoring the farmers, food non profits, restaurants, “food artisans” and merchants who have contributed the most to Brooklyn’s fascinating food culture.

And we’re pleased as punch to see Solar One pals Brooklyn Grange Farm and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm on the short list- good luck, you guys!

You can vote via a short survey here. Voting ends Sunday February 22 and the winners will be announced on Monday February 23.


Could Urban Foraging Actually Feed the Poor?

urbanforagingFood is growing all around us. At the edge of roads, in the cracks of sidewalks, along driveways and byways and especially in parks, edible species abound. Even dandelions, that scourge of smooth green lawns, can be eaten- the tubers as well as the leaves.

In Stuy Cove Park, we have quite a few edible plants, including mulberries, blueberries, mountain mint, rose hips and plenty more than I can name here (but we’ll try and do a special blog post about this as we get closer to spring, including tips on how to get your berries on without hurting our plants!)

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Blue Skies Ahead For Shared Solar In New York

Shared Solar ImageWhether they rent their home, own a condo or have a shaded roof, many New Yorkers are currently unable to install solar energy systems. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, only 22-27% of residential roof space is suitable for on-site solar production. This leaves the majority of homes in the dark, without the economic and environmental benefits associated with solar.

2015 could be the year this changes.

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