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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: I know of solar power systems that people can put on their roofs to generate electricity or heat water. Are there systems that serve whole neighborhoods? -- Lee Helscel, via email

The GVSHP gathered over 200 letters which we will deliver to Mayor Bloomberg, NYU President Sexton, local elected officials, community boards, and members of the NYU Community Task Force saying that NYU must abide by its commitments to seek locations outside of our neighborhood if it is to expand, and seek to re-use buildings rather than demolish them.  We need to keep that momentum going!

If you’ve been around long enough, stayed moderately active and somewhat lucky, you will have run into an assortment of interesting people who have left lasting impressions.  So this is a collection of memories covering political (and other) types that have settled in my head and now find their way on paper.

Richard Aborn, first time candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, forged his reputation as the progressive candidate and in New York City that holds weight.   His supporters include the Working Families Party, the Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID), and the 504 Democratic Club, a New York City-based coalition of Democrats working towards inclusion of people with disabilities in the political and social fabric of society.

Is there any truth to the rumor about high levels of birth control chemicals being found in some cities’ drinking water? If so can these be filtered out?  

How can I recycle my old mattress if the place I buy a new one from doesn’t take it? What do mattress companies do with old mattresses when they do take them? Do they recycle any of the material?   

Free events for the week of June 8th!

Tenants and Neighbors is a grassroots organization that aims to empower tenants by uniting, advocating for tenants rights, and participating on a local, state and even national level to preserve the at-risk affordable housing.  The text below is an email updating us on their progress.

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: With plug-in hybrid and electric cars due to hit the roads sometime soon, will there be places to plug them in besides at home? And if so, how much will it cost to re-charge?

Rob Hollander is a community activist extraordinaire.  He recently emailed us links to affordable housing units in Chelsea, Midtown, and Ft. Greene.  Rent is such a hardship in this city, and never has it been as spotlighted as in these troubling times.  So if you are eligible I suggest you apply.