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NYC Nonprofit Solar One Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Directors

Amy-Poster-and-Ann-DavlinAmy C. Poster, a seasoned risk and regulatory affairs executive, and Ann Davlin, Chief Strategy Officer at Dynamhex have been appointed to the Solar One Board and started their service on January 1, 2022.  These new Board members join at a time when Solar One is increasing its role in assisting New York City in reaching its ambitious climate change mitigation targets.

New York City, NY January 13, 2022 – New York City nonprofit Solar One has seen substantial growth and widespread impact of its programs in the last several years, despite the challenges of the pandemic and the virtual work environment. The Solar One Board, which provides governance oversight and strategic guidance for the organization, has appointed two new Board members, Amy C. Poster, a risk, regulatory, and governmental affairs consultant, and Ann Davlin, Chief Strategy Officer at Dynamhex, bringing total board membership to sixteen.”

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2021 Was the Fifth Hottest Year Ever Recorded

It’s  easy to forget how unusually hot parts of the country got over the summer- we’re looking at you, Pacific Northwest- now that it’s January and temperatures have been dropping into the teens overnight. But 2021 is the fifth warmest year ever recorded, and the past seven years have all been record-breakers when it comes to heat.

“2021 was yet another year of extreme temperatures with the hottest summer in Europe, heatwaves in the Mediterranean, not to mention the unprecedented high temperatures in North America,” said Carlo Buontempo, director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, which just published their latest analysis. “These events are a stark reminder of the need to change our ways, take decisive and effective steps toward a sustainable society and work towards reducing net carbon emissions.”

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Solar One Announces Appointment of Stephen Levin as Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Levin will join Solar One as CEO as of January 10, 2022, after serving as New York City Councilmember for District 33 since 2010. He takes the helm of the organization following the retirement of Christopher J. Collins, who led Solar One for 17 years.

Stephen Levin PhotoNew York City, NY January 5, 2022 – Solar One is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Levin as Chief Executive Officer. Stephen joins Solar One after 12 years as a member of the New York City Council for District 33, serving neighborhoods of Brooklyn including Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, and parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

As an award-winning New York City nonprofit, Solar One is dedicated to sustainability and resiliency in urban neighborhoods and delivers a wide array of programming providing environmental education services to diverse program participants. Solar One welcomes Stephen to lead the organization in its next phase of growth, building on a strong financial foundation, highly regarded programs, strong partnerships with government agencies and community partners.

During his tenure as a Councilmember, and as Chair of the New York City Council’s General Welfare Committee, Stephen focused on ensuring homeless families and individuals have access for permanent housing and guaranteeing long term support for those in the foster care system. During his tenure, Councilmember Levin served on multiple committees including the Environmental Protection, Land Use, Cultural Affairs, Education, and Transportation committees, as well as the Land Use Subcommittee on Landmarks and Public Siting.

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What Your Gift to Solar One Can Do

The end of the year is coming up fast, and when it does, our Matching Gift grant from the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh ends as well. So now is the time to make the most impactful gift to Solar One- one that will make a huge difference in the lives of the people we serve, like K-12 students, workforce trainees and downtown residents who are more in need of public green space than ever before.

So here’s what we can accomplish when you make a gift today, which will be matched dollar for dollar:

For the Green Design Lab K-12 Education Program:

One $250 gift (or ten $25 gifts):
Give a class an opportunity to design and build small solar powered cars. GDL educators have helped tens of thousands of students learn about solar power using the solar race car over the past 15+ years!

One $500 gift (or five $100 gifts):
Help us build a 100-watt solar system with energy storage for a Schoolyard Solar project.

For the Green Workforce Training Program:

One $1,000 gift (or four $250 gifts):
Buy solar panels, drills, and other tools for hands-on training in our Workforce Lab.

For Stuyvesant Cove Park:

One $1,500 gift (or ten $150 gifts):
Sponsor one of our new live community education events featuring local artists, farmers, soil experts, and NYC historians.

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Solar One Selected by the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Initiative to Advance Social and Economic Opportunity in New York City

This unrestricted grant of $500,000 will enable Solar One to strengthen our programming, bringing those most affected by environmental injustice to the forefront of developing and benefitting from the clean energy economy.

New York City, NY (December14, 2021) – Solar One was selected by Citi Foundation as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers initiative, which supports visionary organizations across the U.S. that are working to connect low-income communities and communities of color to greater social and economic opportunity. As a Community Progress Maker, Solar One will receive a multi-year, unrestricted grant of $500,000 and access to technical assistance and a supportive learning community from 2022 – 2023.

Through Citi Foundation’s support, Solar One will be able to expand and enhance its programs in K-12 environmental education, green workforce training, solar installation technical assistance, and eco-park stewardship. Through programs like these, Solar One transforms the way people think about energy, the urban environment, and resilience.

“We are truly honored to be included in this year’s cohort of grant recipients, all of whom are doing such crucial work in cities around the country,” said Solar One’s Executive Director Christopher J. Collins. “With the support of the Citi Foundation and the Community Progress Maker program, we will be able to reach more stakeholders and program participants in our community and facilitate new ways living, working, and thinking that are a crucial component of our response to a world affected by climate change. We are looking forward to connecting with other grantees and working with the Urban Institute to collectively amplify the work each our organizations do individually.”

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