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East River

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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Catch & Release Fishing at Solar 1 on Saturday September 13

S1FD2012_GoFishCome to Solar One for your last chance to try fishing in the East River until next summer! Our friends at Lower East Side Ecology Center will be bringing over everything you’ll need to learn to bait, cast, reel in and unhook a fish. Whatever we catch will be ion display in a tank until the end of the event, so kids and adults can check them out up close. In past years, we’ve caught bluefish, bass and a crab.

Event starts at 11am and goes until 1pm, and kids of all ages are invited. RSVP to daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.

Public Kayaking Returns to Solar One on Sunday July 27

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The second round of public kayaking events is happening in Stuyvesant Cove on Sunday July 27. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.

You will need to be 18 or older, or else accompanied by a parent or guardian, know how to swim (although life jackets will be provided) and sign insurance waivers.

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