On Friday, October 30th, the African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA) hosted an upbeat environmental panel session at CUNY’s Graduate Center entitled “Air Quality & Electricity: Why it Matters to You” with local New York environmental advocates. Panelists engaged their peers and audience members in discussions and problem solving scenarios that addressed the environmental justice, economic and political struggles and energy concerns for residents and businesses in the New York City region.
Craig Wilson, Executive Director of SHARE, was among a group of panelists that included Amber Sisson of New York AREA, Frank Stewart of American Association of Blacks in Energy, and Samara Swanston, who is a longtime environmental advocate for New York City. The audience members ranged from local high school students to representatives of environmental community groups to employees of corporate energy companies. Continue reading
The New York State Energy Planning Board recently released a “Draft New York State Energy Plan” that hopes to address challenges that impact all facets of our lives. Issues of major concern include high energy costs, continuing reliance on imported fuels, aging energy infrastructure, and climate change.
While the draft plan is over 100 pages long and clearly required great effort, it is built on false assumptions. Unfortunately, conclusions and recommendations that are reached using false assumptions can’t be relied on to provide New York City and State residents with the electricity they must have for their economy to grow and prosper. Put differently, a house built on a faulty foundation is a house built on sand. Continue reading
We are doing our best to hold on to those few summer days left but its inevitable that many will be immersed in the Back-to-School craze that looms ahead. As we continue to think of ways to improve the quality of our homes and neighborhoods in-and-out of Harlem, its important that community members hold schools and districts responsible for providing safe and healthy environments for students, teachers and staff members of the school system.
Last month in New York City, Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Environmental Health along with other environmental organizations launched a program to connect the people of New York with nature. This NYC Green Spots Partnership is an action following the commonly held belief that green spaces in urban communities can improve human health. People who live in green spaces are more likely to exercise and have a better response to stress.
The healthy lifestyle encouraged by living in green spaces goes beyond physical activity. According to the US News and World Report, a human connection to nature is “vital to our psychological and physical health,” helping recharge our brains so that we are better able to cope with the stresses in life.
New York City has taken on the ambitious goal of becoming the greenest city in America by 2030. As crowded as the City is, it seems almost impossible to turn a land of mostly concrete, steel, and smog into a green oasis. Many would think traffic and power plants are a major source of pollution for the region but surprisingly they are not. The City has over one million buildings, which currently produce 80 percent of the region’s carbon footprint due to energy use. The abundance of powerful, luxury corporate skyscrapers and older residential buildings populated throughout the city require vast amounts of power to operate and sustain. Green building and renovating on a larger scale can dramatically improve efficiency and reduce costs by an estimated three-quarters of a billion dollars a year.
Department of the Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and Other Federal Agencies Convene Discussion on Environmental Justice with Grassroots Organizations
WHAT: The Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. is hosting the 2009 State of Environmental Justice in America Conference, a 3-day assembly of leaders from federal agencies, grassroots organizations and individuals from various sectors and communities. Representatives and participants will engage in discussions on environmental justice legislation and regulation, community planning and development, energy policy and more.
To celebrate Earth Day, SHARE hosted a fleet of Pedi-Cabs in Harlem, much to the delight of commuters not used to seeing this clean transportation alternative traveling historic 125th Street. Pedi-cab operators pedaled riders to their destinations and stoked conversations about the need for cleaner air in communities of color. The event operations, headquartered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, were sponsored by SHARE, the New York State Committee of the NAACP and New York State Office of General Services.
“Whether it’s the asthma epidemic or the green economy, the environment is front and center in Harlem,” said Hazel Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference.
Contact: Gregory Joseph (646) 346-4289
SHARE (Safe, Healthy, Affordable and Reliable Energy), a non-profit coalition of organizations committed to ensuring the continued supply of reliable, clean and affordable electricity for all New Yorkers.
In honor of Earth Day, SHARE will be putting “it’s best foot forward” by providing environmentally conscious transportation in Harlem. SHARE sponsored pedicabs, will offer morning commuters “clean” rides from the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building to their desired destinations. By accepting rides, passengers will be part of SHARE’s mission to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean air… but the best part is, all rides are FREE!
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350 Years of History! 350 Years of Heroism! 350 Years of Harlem!
Come join us Come for a screening of the video documentary
“Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home – The Legacy of the
New York African Burial Ground”, Monday, August 18, 2008, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., James L. Varick Community Center, 151-7 W. 136th Street, (Btwn. Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Lenox Ave.), New York, NY 10001
SHARE, 100 Black Women and Harlem Preservation Foundation’s will host a public screening and discussion of a documentary film that chronicles the life and times of the first Africans in America! Continue reading
We would like to invite you to an upcoming luncheon hosted for central Harlem pastors by Mother AME Zion Church and SHARE, a non-profit clean energy organization. The luncheon entitled “Clergy Dialogues” seeks to further strengthen fellowship among Harlem area clergy and to foster dialogue on emerging energy, health and environmental issues facing Harlem. Continue reading