Happy March, UESiders!

This past Monday, another hefty crowd assembled at Asphalt Green to hear out representatives of our Department of Sanitation offering assurances that the proposed transfer station will be so clean, quiet, odorless and discreet it will be all but invisible.   Ha.  Oh, sure.   But do read the DNAInfo account… 

Then turn your attention to this article in The Post which points out what might be the administration’s finessing of FAA rules governing the siting of an MTS “bird magnet” within 5 miles of an airport…  In this case, La Guardia.

THEN make sure you put Tuesday, March 20th down on your calendar…  The 20th being day that Community Board 8’s Street Fair Committee will decide if the 92nd Street Greenmarket gets approved for another year.

If you can’t make the meeting – and we surely hope you can – then please, PLEASE do write CB8 a letter of support!   (Complete, easy instructions below.)

Somehow, this time around, WordPress (what we use to compose this missive) isn’t allowing pictures to be inserted, so you’ll just have to wait for pix of Canine Appreciation Day, the all-seeing, purple turbaned Madrette and many dogs whose happy, bone-filled futures she foretold.

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, March 3rd:   82nd Street Greenmarket

82nd Street, between First and York, 9am – 2pm

Tabling will be the good people of American Seafood, Silver Thread Vineyard, Bread Alone, Raghoo, Gajeski, Samascott,  Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms. 

Last week’s totals:  44 lbs batteries and 16 lbs #5,  Britta filters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges.

(We’re talking 2 giant IKEA bag full of telescoped #5!)

YTD (from 1/7/12) totals:  310 lbs batteries; 148 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords, CDs/DVDs, jewel cases, cellphones and cartridges. 

Sunday, March 4th:  Hands On – Paper Sculpture with the Laundromat Project

Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 1 – 4pm

Ever imagine you’re Frank Lloyd Wright with a brilliant, far out new design for a NYC building?  Okay, bring it to 3-dimensional life in paper in one of the best workshop ideas that’s come down the pike lately.   Free (thanks to Target).  For more and to RSVP… 

Tuesday, March 6th:  In Conversation with Mike Stoller and Corky Hale Stoller

The Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, 7pm

One half of the iconic songwriting team of Lieber & Stoller shares the lowdown on how 4 decades of hits came to be…  From “Hound Dog” to “Kansas City” to “Stand By Me”…  Joined by his wife, jazz harpist great, Corky Hale Stoller.  And these two know how to tell a story.  Adults: $25.  Seniors and students: $18.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, March 6th:  Beekeeping in Kenya & Beyond

Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, 7 – 9pm

Bees Without Borders volunteers and father and son Norm and Andrew Coté (recently written up in Grist) treat attendees to tales of their recent beekeeping trip to Kenya where they worked with the Samburu to enhance their beekeeping skills, as well as previous jaunts to Uganda, Moldova, Haiti and Fiji.   Free.  For more

Tuesday, March 6th:  Heating Oil & Air Quality Meeting

St. Thomas More Church, 65 East 89th Street, 6pm

Residents, building managers and staff:  Civitas and Carnegie Hill Neighbors are giving you another chance  to update your understanding of the ins-and-outs of  new regulations governing what we heat with,  lower its cost and wind up with cleaner air.  Free but please RSVP at  info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Coming up: 

Tuesday, March 13th:  Cleantech Pitch Slam

Green Spaces, 394 Broadway, 5th Floor.,6:30 – 9:30pm

Can only be amazing to witness young  entrepreneurs speed pitch their green ideas/businesses of the future to folks from the venture capital world.  $18.  For tickets or to pitch  

Tuesday, March 20th:  92nd Street Greenmarket Renewal

 New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, between First and Second, 6:30pm

As in five years past, Community Board 8’s Street Fair Committee once again sits in judgement on 92nd Street’s fate.  Come hear committee members winge over bricks and mortar establishments, the loss of a  few parking spaces for a few hours and ask questions like, “Do farmers pay taxes?”   THEN SPEAK UP in support of the market, all it brings to the community and the synergy between it and all our many other prosperous local purveyors of edibles… OR EMAIL  OR WRITE  (Street Fairs Committee, Community Board 8, 505 Park Avenue, 10065).

Further down the way:

2012 World Environment Day International Art Contest:  One Small Change

April 2nd to May 2nd

Calling all budding environmentalists, grades 1 to 12!   Design a poster showing one small thing all we humans could do that would  hugely benefit our beautiful planet, mail your entry in and you could win a prize!  For rules  and where to send your masterpiece

On to miscellany:

A huge split in opinion on the present and future of the waste-to-energy approach to disposing of what can’t be recycled…  An issue of particular importance to us UESiders, given the proposed MTS and our counter desire to shoulder our share of the burden with the most innovative and enduring technology.  So bring yourself up to speed on one most promising waste-to-energy methods:   plasma incineration.

Then give the people of Chicago a collective, congratulatory pat on the back…  For on February 28th, the city announced  it’ll be closing its last 2 coal-fired plants producing electricity.

Praise to Pennsylvania and Ohio, too.  Between them, they’ll be shutting down 7 of these insanely pollluting facilities.  

Closer to home:  

Things are moving lickety-split over on Roosevelt Island where Cornell’s already chosen the 6 prestigious firms who’ll be vying to design the first building to be constructed on its tech campus…  This will be net-zero building, meaning it’ll limit energy waste by creating as much power as it’ll consume!  To read more

A shout-out to the very nice woman I encountered on the M31 following the Asphalt Green/MTS meeting…  In fact, there’re now sorting machines that read the molecular structure of plastics, so even if a label or little triangle’s missing from the item, it can still be recycled.  Further on the subject

Okay, get ready to be appalled…  Sitting?   Smelling salts near at hand?  All righty then…  Since Sanitation plans to ship NYC trash to poor areas in the Carolinas, wouldn’t you think that’d mean there weren’t any landfill sites in NYState?  Au contraire.   Check our very own, many “Active MSW Landfills” out!

Not ony that…  Dumping your landfill in NYState is such a bargain, Canadians truck their garbage over the border rather than burying it in their own soil!  Yes, read it and weep (scroll down to the “Border Interference” section).    

As previously noted, we’ve been seeing strange-for-this-time-of-year sprouts and buds all over the UES since mid-January, but that’s small potatoes, folks.  Up at the Botanical Garden, it’s spring!

If  you’d like to express your opinion of the MTA’s new Fastrack Program, you can do so here… 

Or join the Times’ online discussion of we should best deal with violations of our traffic laws…

The greenroof of the week is in Brooklyn!

Animals are always worth waiting for:

A live  polar bear cub  cam anyone?  (Only 4 months old and straight from Denmark’s Scandinavian Wildlife Park.)

A (voluntarily) swimming cat?

A cat running…  For the U.S. Senate?  (Oh, why not?)

We say tree-hugging is a most honorable estate.  And we’ve got the noble critters to prove it…  (There actually are flying lemurs and tree kangaroos!)

Shifting our gaze to The Cute Zone:

And a dreaming little white mouse

And back by popular demand!  Baby sloths!!   Giving new meaning to cuteness as they  learn climbing skills from  human pals…

 (Bet you ace a test of your sloth knowledge.)

Your most sincerely green,


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