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East River

New Report Shows NYC Waterways Are Cleanest They’ve Been in 100 Years

Being that Solar One is physically close to the water, the condition of that water is anything but an abstract notion to us. Water quality testing is one of our Education team’s most popular field trip offerings, we have a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) pipe running diagonally under the blacktop, and we host some of the Billion Oyster Project‘s little bivalve charges. Students who come to Stuy Cove can find out exactly what’s in our water on any given day.

And while most days, we generally do find at least a little bit of bacteria, a new report from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows that remarkable improvements have been made in recent decades.

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Will Coastal US Homes Be Underwater Before the Mortgages Are Even Due?

A new study predicts that coastal flooding could become a regular event- as much as three times a week, according to new study published in the journal PLOS One- by 2045, or before the mortgages on houses bought this year would even come due.

Right now, coastal floods occur in the mid-Atlantic region about once a month. The new projections would mean ten times more floods, perhaps as many as three times a week, or 120 per year.

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Teachers! Check Out the New Green Design Lab Website

gdl_blogThe Solar One Education team is excited to launch our new, enhanced website, thegreendesignlab.org!

The new website is easy to navigate and offers new features for registering for our Professional Development Workshops, the Green Design Lab Energy Challenge, and a host of resources for our Sustainable Schools Network members!

Since its inception 6 years ago, the Green Design Lab has grown to reach teachers and students in over 400 schools. During this time, Solar One Educators have provided professional development training for teachers on our hands-on curriculum, in-class programming for students, and support for energy reduction and school sustainability projects. With the development and growth of the Green Design Lab Sustainable Schools Network (SSN), Solar One Educators have reached teachers across the United States.

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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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Tiny Pieces of Plastic in the Hudson, in its Fishes and Probably in You

plasticmicrobeadsSometimes the things we humans do are so mind-bogglingly short sighted, it makes you question whether we really could have evolved by natural selection. Case in point: The 62,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer that are floating in the Hudson River, getting mixed up with fish food and potentially slowly, slowly making its way up the food chain into our own bodies.

Most people are aware that plastics in oceans are a big problem, and you may also have heard about the microbead problem in the Great Lakes. But the Hudson is not immune either.

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More Humpback Whales Than Ever Are Swimming Around NYC

When most people think of whale watching in NYC, they’re most likely envisioning an afternoon at the NY Aquarium. But actually within the last few years, whales have been seen feeding off the shores of the city, and in ever-increasing numbers.

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