Dan Miner's sustainability, resilience and business initiatives

Beyond the virus: building the blue wave

These are extremely challenging times, but there is a single intervention that can turn our fortunes around: a Democratic takeover of the White House and Senate this November.  After the virus and the economic crisis, we'll never be able to go back to the old normal.  But if there is a blue wave, we'll be able to adapt, implement fundamental changes, and make an evolutionary leap forward. A massive organizing effort is already underway to identify and catalyze Democratic voters.  The more people involved, the greater the chances of its success.  Stuck at home? Try texting and phoning swing state voters. Here's how. Help build the blue wave. Read more.

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NYC Can Capture Carbon to Cope with the Climate Crisis
 - While Cutting Waste Disposal Costs 

We're in a global climate crisis, but we can still avoid the worst case scenarios.  Check out the Drawdown Project, a collection of the top 100 methods, extensively researched by scientists, to stop the increase in greenhouse gases and put them into reverse.

There are many ways to reduce carbon emissions by cutting fossil fuel use.  It's also essential to capture carbon in solid form and keep it from going back into the atmosphere, and there are just a few ways to do it.  The one most accessible to NYC is pyrolysis of carbon-containing organic materials, the process of heating them in the absence of oxygen, which produces charcoal-like products.  The organic materials could be agricultural wastes, dead trees, animal manure - or sewage sludge.  NYC pays $50 million a year to haul 1,400 tons per day of sewage waste biosolids to faraway landfills. 
Here's an introduction on how NYC could carbonize that waste stream It would save money, and open up an entirely new way for NYC to reduce its carbon emissions.  It would also make NYC a model for all the world's cities to do the same.   

Action step: ask NYC Council to hold a hearing on NYC DEP's research into biosolids disposal alternatives. 

Endorsing groups: 350NYC, 350 Brooklyn, Project Drawdown NYC, Forest Hills Green Team, Jackson Heights Beautification Group, West 80s Neighborhood Association, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Jewish Climate Action Network - Massachusetts.

Environmental and civic groups are invited to sign onto this letter 


Local Projects in Forest Hills, Queens

The volunteers with Forest Hills Green Team have reactivated the school garden at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, started a school garden at Forest Hills High School, and are landscaping the Yellowstone Overpass area. We're operating with the guidance of Beyond Organic Design, a permaculture education group, and are focusing on hardy perennials and pollinators.