Bike Share comes to New York!
July 7-11, 2007.
Imagine walking to a sidewalk corner and finding a public bicycle. With a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you unlock it from its bike rack and ride it across town. Once at your destination, you steer to the closest bike rack and, with one more call or card swipe, return the bike to the public network. You pay less than $.50 for the trip, and the bike is once again available for the taking.
Bike-sharing already exists in cities across Europe, including Oslo, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lyon and Frankfurt. Paris alone is currently installing over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations. Bike-sharing is a reality overseas, revolutionizing transportation networks and greening the urban fabric. How could it launch in New York?
From July 7-11, 2007, the Forum For Urban Design, partnering with Storefront for Art and Architecture, will introduce New Yorkers to bike-sharing through a highly-visible, five-day design charette. Located at one of the most exciting street corners in Lower Manhattan, The New York Bike-Share Project will consist of three parts: an experimental bike-share (free bike rentals!), an exhibition of European successes and a design charette with public presentations.
The National Solar Energy Conference
July 7 — 12, 2007. Cleveland Convention Center, OH.
This is the largest and most inclusive solar and renewable energy conference in the U.S. and will explore the theme “Sustainable Energy Puts America to Work” this year. Highlights include a premiere technical conference; a Products and Services exhibit; sessions; workshops; tours and special events to showcase manufacturers, dealers, distributors, installers and everything else related to Solar Energy!
Chapter Meeting: Surfrider Foundation NYC
Wednesday, July 11. 7:00 PM.Tap and Grill. Beach at 98th Street in Rockaway.
Sissel Waage Lecture
Wednesday, July 11. 8:00 p.m. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
The book Ignition: What You Can Do To Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement brings together some of the world’s finest thinkers and advocates to jump start the ultimate green revolution. Including celebrated writers like Bill McKibben and renowned scholars like Gus Speth, as well as young activists, the authors draw on direct experience in grassroots organization, education, law, and social leadership. For anyone who feels compelled to do more than change their light bulbs or occasionally carpool, Ignition is an essential guide.
Green Building Tour! Federal Building in SF
Friday 13. 12-1 pm
The newly opened Federal Building is a state-of-the-art 18-story tower located in downtown San Francisco. The LEED certification for this building will be determined next year. The San Francisco Department of the Environment is sponsoring a series of Green Building Tours for the year of 2007. Join us in learning about the different aspects of green building, and meet the professionals who are involved in the project.
Turn Down the Lights!
Saturday, July 14. 10am – 12pm. Design Solutions, 4291 24th Street @ Douglas
Learn about Energy-Efficient Lighting from the folks who invented the “dimmer switch” back in 1961! Shanell Mora of Lutron Electronics, Inc. will present the latest energy-efficient lighting and lighting control systems to help you enhance the appearance or atmosphere of your home or business as well as reduce energy-related costs. In order to decrease energy consumption, California adopted a new energy code (Title 24) that significantly impacts lighting in new and remodeled homes. All new and remodeled homes must incorporate energy efficient lighting and controls.
CHOOSE GOOD: San Francisco Block Party
Sunday, July 15. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street
GOOD Magazine is hosting a Block Party. It will be an explosion of booth vendors and a unique combination of San Francisco community’s best. In addition to the vendor booths, GOOD will be have a full line of entertainment, including live shows from some of the nation’s top musical acts and best DJs. But you have to be a member to join in, so do something GOOD, and sign up!
Have a great week!
Photo courtesy of: Forum for Urban Design