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The Sustainability Series — Spring 2014

All programs will be held at Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, NE corner of Irving Place, Manhattan. Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing and refreshments. Programs start at 7:00 PM. $10 suggested donation; $3 for students.

Wednesday, February 19: New Laws on Waste Reduction: 10% of all Greenhouse Gas Emissions are produced to create food that is never eaten. Learn how to reduce waste and increase composting.  Presenters include Department of Sanitation Commissioner Ron Gonen, Elizabeth Balkan of the Mayor’s Office, Professor Brett Branco, Brooklyn College,  and Vokashi composters.

Wednesday, March 19  TOXINS IN SCHOOLS AND ALL AROUND US. Are they making us sick? Can they be eliminated or reduced? Speaker: John Gorman. Chief of the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch of EPA Region 2.

Wednesday, April 16 BEADS OF DESTRUCTION Tiny  plastic beads used in toiletries–tens of millions of the–end up in the Great Lakes. Fist eat them. We eat the fish; Are they safe? Speaker Professor Sherry Mason, the State University of New York at Fredonia

Wednesday, May 21 PHOTOVOLTAICS  How can we get solar panels up on our roofs? This discussion answer this question and other questions that can help us use the sun for clean, cheap energy. Speakers include Chris Neidl from Solar One, Marlene Brown, Department of Energy, Sandia Laboratories New Mexico.

Wednesday, June 18: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN Speaker Judith Enck, Head of Region 2 EPA (NY, NJ & Puerto Rico)