Happiest holidays, UESiders,

Made more joyful bystill more good news:

#1 – The EPA’s announcement of its the Mercury and Air Toxins Standards…  A real milestone we breathers of NYC air can especially appreciate and that puts dirty coal-burning power plants  on particular notice.   But do  read more about it!

#2 –  The FDA’s new draft guidance which would require increasing women’s participation in clinical trials for medical devices,   (You do recall all those years spent figuring out why knee replacements weren’t working for women…  Because they’d been designed for and only tested on men!)   For more

#3 – And hardly least, some 200 new animal species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong area of Southeast Asia!

As for the coming week:

Saturday, December 24th:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street, between First and York, 9am – 3pm

As noted last week, most of our farmers will be spending Christmas Eve at home.

BUT not Bread Alone and Raghoo Farm.  Look for them on 82nd, just outside the churchyard.

AND  REMEMBER, NO RECYCLING COLLECTION THIS WEEK OR NEXT!

The third record-breaking week in a row!  We’re talking  35 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 55 pounds batteries. 

YTD (from 3/26):   650 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 1,301 lbs batteries!!

Monday, December 26th – Friday, December 30th:  Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week

The Dancing Crane Pavillion, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx, 11am-4pm

What could be better than watching master carvers turn ice into life-sized, crystaline animals?  Free with zoo admission.  For more details…   

Monday, December 26th – Friday, December 30th:  Winter Break  at the New York Historical Society

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, various times

A whole host of family-friendly activities scheduled over the week:   A history scavenger hunt…   A family history quiz…  A costume contest…  And more.  Free with museum admission.  For more… 

As the New Year begins:

Thursday, January 19th:  NYC School Recycling Forum

Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue,  6pm

Utilizing results of their recent survey (in which you likely participated), H20’s now looking to determine what recycling practices do and don’t work in our public schools.  And, of course, they’re looking for your input, too.   For more and to RSVP

Saturday, January 7th:   Recycle-O-Rama – It’s 2112 Edition

82nd Street Greenmarket, between First and York, 10am-3pm

Electronics whether it works or not …   Paper in need of shredding…  Clothes/fabrics/hats/belts/shoes…  All our usual recycleables 9#5, batteries, etc.)…  Bring ’em on!

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO APPLIANCES, please

Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th:  Mulchfest at Carl Schurz Park

Christmas Tree Drop-Off at 86th Street and East End Avenue, 10am – 2pm

This year’s gorgeous Christmas tree can nuture growing things on the UES all next year…  Fun, too, to watch the chipper turn branches and trunks into mulch!

On the horizon:

Saturday, January 21st:   Battery Park City Green Tour

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, 12-2pm

Get up close and personal with one of the densest concentrations of LEED uildings in the whole U.S., including a behind the scenes look at the Riverhouse, LEED certified gold!   Organized by Open House New York.  $25.  For tickets

Sunday, January 29th:  Recycle-O-Rama – Pre-Goundhog Day Edition 

First Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd (east side), 10am-3pm

Electronics…  Clothes…  Paper shredding…   All our usuals…  From household batteries to eye glasses…  82nd or 92nd?  Who’ll recycle more?  

Electronics accepted:

•    Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
•    Monitors
•    Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
•    Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
•    Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
•    Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
•    TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
•    Video-games and audio visual equipment
•    Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
•    Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

NO APPLIANCES, please! 

Last weeks’ totals:  4 pounds #5, Britta filters, jewel cases, cords, cartridges, CD/DVDs, cellphones and corks; 4 pounds batteries.

2011 Totals (from 6/19):   128 lbs #5, Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges; 256 lbs batteries.

Can’t tell you great this is, folks!  CONGRATULATIONS!!

On to miscellany:

Underscoring the strangeness of NYC’s pitifully limited plastics recycling effort is news of a company that’ll soon be converting mixed scrap plastics of many grades into crude oil!

We earn much higher marks on what we feed our school kids, HOWEVER Chicago now serves its young students chicken raised without antibiotics!

Only in NYC would there be a thriving business in parts for analog devices

82nd’s own pioneering Bread Alone deservedly gets a mention in NYMagazine‘s recent article on – you guessed it! – bread! 

If you’re not familiar with the life and work of E. O. Wilson – known to some of us as “the ant man” – you need to be.

And in case you missed the NYTimes’ on new thinking  in the environmental movement.

Haven’t we all looked with a jaundiced eye at the many uninviting public spaces “created” by developers in exchange for being able to build higher…  

Rabbits’ Run Farm included lovely juniper in its evergreen bouquets last weekend… 

And the animals of this holiday week are:

A lady cheetah letting us in on her love call

But most of all the baby harbor seal spotted taking its ease on a East River rock at 91st Street…  (Thanks to Katherine Winkleman!)

May all your Christmases be white and green,

UGS

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