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The Soapbox: A plant is not just a plant

Stuyvesant Cove Park Angels

Stuyvesant Cove Park Angels

This week, Liza Mindemann, Park Manager of Stuyvesant Cove Park, wrote this op-ed for the local Town and Village newspaper, all about the importance of native plants like the ones we grow in the Park. Reblogged from the T&V blog:

As many of you already know, Stuyvesant Cove Park is a native species plant park. When we have school groups one of the first questions I ask is, “can anyone tell me what a native plant is?” It’s a harder question to answer than one might think, but the simple answer is that native plants are those species that naturally occur in a region and have evolved and adapted over many thousands of years to the specific conditions of that geographic area.

Many of us don’t think of gardens as having any purpose outside of providing beauty, or perhaps growing food to eat. But today, our gardens are actually one of the last chances we have to preserve the diverse species of plants, insects and wildlife that once prolifically populated our region.

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Meet Here Comes Solar’s Newest Group on Windsor Place!

hcs_windsorplaceOur third group of solar homeowners has now officially launched in Brooklyn! With three contractor selections under our belt, we’ve seen our group solar model produce real savings for our members: each group has secured pricing over 20% cheaper than the average solar installation cost in the borough!

We are excited that our newest group shaped up to be four rowhouse owners on the same block of Windsor Place in the South Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Even with just four households, the efficiency of synchronized site visits and installations and the greater visibility of four new solar arrays on one block makes the project more attractive to installers and therefore more affordable for our members.

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Come Paddle at the Cove This Summer

kayak2015The past few years, we’ve worked with a variety of kayak groups and other waterfront activists (Long Island City Community Boathouse, NYC Water Trail Association, Urban Swim and Lower East Side Ecology Center, to name a few) to launch a kayak program at Stuyvesant Cove. The program has been such a big success that next year, the city will be installing a special dock to use in an ongoing kayak program.

Want to be part of the fun?

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Here Comes Solar Gets Some Love from DNA Info

solarsolarsolarSolar One’s newest initiative Here Comes Solar helps homeowners aggregate their economic power and physical proximity to “solarize” their communities, one block at a time.

Check out this article from DNAInfo that explains how it’s done, how homeowners feel about the process and then go to the Here Comes Solar website and fill out the survey to see whether your home might be a good fit for solar!

NYC Selects Envision Solar Mobile EV Charging Stations

evchargingnycDid you know that NYC is projected to become one of the leaders in electric vehicle use? Well we are, and the city is preparing by offering an Invitation to Bid to Envision Solar’s EV ARC solar-powered EV charging stations.

While in some ways the design (pictured) seems a little clunkier than the more shed-like solar charging stations we’ve seen in the past, the fact that these stations can be moved around the site where they are located seems like a big plus.

So when will these stations be installed, and where?

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Solar One Family Day: NYC Wildflower Week Interactive Plant Fair Next Saturday

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