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The Green Bronx Machine & The Power of a Plant

The Power of a Plant tells the engaging story of Bronx educator Stephen Ritz and his journey to embody his three Cs- “collisions, connections and co-learnings” through creating the Green Bronx Machine at the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS55 in the South Bronx. Students learn a a variety of curriculum-tied skills while also learning about health, nutrition and the environment.

As he evolves from “Mista”  in the 1980s to “Mr. Farmer Steve” in the 21st century, Ritz was inspired by his students’ brightness, creativity and hunger for positive reinforcement; working with special education students in the city’s poorest congressional district meant that positive reinforcement was the last thing his kid were getting. By encouraging each student to “make your thinking visible” helped students to gain the confidence to take on ever-more complex problems. Soon students who had been basically written off as hopeless were taking on beautifying projects in the South Bronx and making the evening news.

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Meet Harvey Epstein

With Brian Kavanagh moving to the state Senate, his former seat representing the 74th Assembly District is currently vacant, pending a special election on April 24th.

Harvey was recently kind enough to speak to Solar One over the phone.  Here are the things he’d like you to know about him (remarks have been edited for clarity):

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Here Comes Community Solar

This post was originally published on the Here Comes Solar blog, and was written by Affordable Solar Program Manager Anika Wistar-Jones.

It’s finally here, the dream of solar enthusiasts all over the city: solar for apartments. For years, while single-family homeowners have been installing solar right and left,  New Yorkers have clamored for solar that fits the city lifestyle where most people don’t own their apartments, let alone the roof several floors above them.  So New York State made it possible to participate in what’s called “Community Shared Solar”, where one large array – in a field or on a warehouse roof – can send solar credits to anyone in the same utility zone. After months of planning and building, for the first time, this is possible in New York City, and you can join now.

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Guest Blog: Can Solar Power Increase Your Cryptomining Profits?

Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, are believed by many to be the wave of the future. This encrypted digital currency is backed not by the gold standard, but by complex mathematics. You cannot hold a Bitcoin and you cannot place it in your wallet. It exists in a virtual environment, from which it is mined, distributed and traded.

Many also believe that renewable energy, such as solar power, will be a vital piece of the puzzle that is human growth. Clean sources of energy help to decrease our reliance on fossil fuel and natural gas, which exist in finite amounts. Solar and wind power initiatives aid in both maintaining our fragile environment and saving users money on their growing utility costs.

While both cryptocurrency and solar power separately could become huge parts of our society in the years to come, can they function together? Can solar power help Bitcoin miners overcome perhaps the greatest threat to their potential earnings? And will Bitcoin’s growing value aid the solar industry’s expansion?

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Tiny Eels, Big $$ & Native Rights on Long Island

Native Americans of the Shinnecock tribe have been living in eastern Long Island since long before European settlers arrived in the 17th century. And while you might not expect a reservation to be located near now-trendy Southampton village, that’s exactly where David Taobi Silva lives and fishes, and he claims he has aboriginal rights to do so, even if it is against Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

At issue are tiny glass eels that are illegal to harvest in New York, a regulation state officials call vital in protecting a depleted population. But Mr. Silva told the officers that he was free to gather the eels, citing an aboriginal right to fish locally that is based on Shinnecock tradition and ancient treaties that predate and supersede government laws.

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