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Learn more about how your home uses energy so you can start saving right away. With a home energy assessment, you’ll get a thorough overview of how to make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, while shrinking your monthly utility bill and carbon footprint. When you’re done, you’ll be well aware of the areas in your home that can benefit from energy-saving measures. The best part? Long Islanders can get a FREE energy assessments paid for by NY State. Visit our website today at www.longislandgreenhomes.org or call 800-567-2850.

The SolarSuperState Association is nonprofit advocate and voice for sustainable energy programs and organizations worldwide, with the goal of promoting and increasing markets for renewable energy technologies, including wind and solar. SolarSuperState’s outreach includes workshops, conferences, and an annual competition for population-based sustainable energy increases. They held their annual competition award ceremony at our center’s  IESC2016 on Cologne Germany.  For more information or to become a member, visit solarsuperstate.org.

 Finding the right contractor is possibly the single most important part of a solar installation project. Homeowners choosing to go solar often are excited to start the process. Yet, it is important for consumers to thoroughly research contractors in addition to identifying and defining their own expectations. A trusting homeowner-contractor relationship will foster clear communication and prevent unnecessary complications. This guide will save you time, energy, and money by helping you find the right contractor for your solar job. Finding the Right Solar Panel Installer 

The financing a homeowner chooses for a solar array depends greatly upon who owns the system. Homeowners who purchase outright, with cash, or those who choose to obtain a loan for panels actually own the system; those who enter into third-party agreements, such as a lease or PPA, do not own the system. Who owns the solar panels is an important point, because that determines the financial implications – the upfront cost, maintenance, terms of contracts, savings, return on investment, rebates and more. The following chart breaks down the financing options. The Homeowner's Guide to Solar Financing 

 The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) submitted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan to the National Ocean Council for certification, as stated in the November 2016 Federal Register notice. On December 7, 2016, the NOC announced through the White House blog that the Plan has been certified and the MidA RPB will begin implementation. The MidA RPB revised the Plan after considering all public comments received during the 60-day public comment period and during the open house public listening sessions hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) throughout the region. The Plan and related materials -- including a detailed response to comments document describing how the MidA RPB incorporated public input. Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan 

The Portal connects agency, industry, and community leaders who are shaping the future of our ocean to the best available data on ocean science, maps, and each other through a state-of-the art data visualization, storytelling, and networking platform.  Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

 As quoted by President W. Hubert Keen, "Farmingdale State College has a legacy of environmental stewardship, from its founding in 1912 as an agricultural college." To support that legacy, Farmingdale State College (FSC) has joined a national program called Call2Recycle™ to conveniently recycle used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones generated on Campus. This program will strengthen and enhance FSC's existing recycling programs by providing more convenient and safe disposal options for these particular waste streams to the Campus Community. As we say around here, "Green Then; Green Now."

Participating in this new program is easy - simply bring your spent/old/unwanted rechargeable batteries and/or old cell phones to any of the locations on Campus where a Call2Recycle™ collection box (see image below) has been set up, follow the packaging instructions that are posted at each box location and on each box itself and you're done! It's that simple. 

Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling Program