TAR SANDS SONGBOOK
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

TAR SANDS SONGBOOK

Crews working to clean up the 2011 Rainbow Pipeline oil spill near Little Buffalo in Lubicon Cree First Nation, traditional territory in the Peace River region, Alberta, Canada. The Rainbow Pipeline is owned by a Canadian subsidiary of Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline L.P. © Greenpeace, used with permission.

Crews working to clean up the 2011 Rainbow Pipeline oil spill near Little Buffalo in Lubicon Cree First Nation, traditional territory in the Peace River region, Alberta, Canada. The Rainbow Pipeline is owned by a Canadian subsidiary of Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline L.P. © Greenpeace, used with permission.

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An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together her virtuosic storytelling with an original, improvised score. The words of Indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future.

Tanya Kalmanovitch, writer/performer

Andrew Boundreau, piano

About TAR SANDS SONGBOOK

TAR SANDS SONGBOOK is a solo performance that combines personal storytelling, field recordings, images and live music to investigate our personal relationships to oil and climate emergency. I named this project for the notorious oil mining operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada that shot to international attention as the source of “dirty oil” to be carried into the US by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. I was born in Fort McMurray, just three years after they opened the world's first oil mine. At 17, I left Alberta for NYC, pursuing my dream of becoming a musician because “music had nothing to do with oil”. In the 1990s, rapid expansion of mining operations turned my hometown into “the largest — and most destructive — industrial project in human history.” When Superstorm Sandy devastated my NYC neighbourhood, I witnessed one of the greatest climate-related storms in history. I grew up enmeshed in one of the greatest drivers of climate change, and now I was living in its impacts. TAR SANDS SONGBOOK is my account of my personal reckoning with these events. I designed this piece to be performed in living rooms and small theaters along the pipeline routes that carry Alberta crude into global markets — placing audiences at the epicenter of a disaster they might never see, but that has everything to do with how they live today. — Tanya Kalmanovitch

www.tarsandssongbook.com

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The Green New Deal and Environmental Justice
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Green New Deal and Environmental Justice

The Green New Deal is widely discussed, but what does it mean for the communities most directly affected by climate change and environmental injustice? Learn more about the Green New Deal at this roundtable conversation with leaders of the environmental justice struggle including:

Eddie Bautista  Executive Director of New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Eddie Bautista

Executive Director of New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Omar Freilla  Founder and Coordinator of Green Worker Co-Op

Omar Freilla

Founder and Coordinator of Green Worker Co-Op

 
Matthew Miles Goodrich  New York State Director of New York Sunrise

Matthew Miles Goodrich

New York State Director of New York Sunrise

Maria Lopez-Nunez  Director of Environmental Justice & Community Development at Ironbound Community Corporation

Maria Lopez-Nunez

Director of Environmental Justice & Community Development at Ironbound Community Corporation

 
Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq.  Director of the Center for the Urban Environment of John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University

Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq.

Director of the Center for the Urban Environment of John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University

 
 

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ana Baptista, director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, the university’s hub for research, policy development, and activism around environmental and climate justice and sustainability.

Please sign up for this event here: https://sched.co/TsDx

This talk is presented by the Tishman Environment and Design Center.

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Marketplace of the Future 2019
Sep
27
12:00 PM12:00

Marketplace of the Future 2019

  • 601 West 26th Street, Suite 1505 New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)
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When we look into the future, we see a time past the challenges of the Climate Crisis, a time in which circular economies, renewable energy, and sustainable systems are the norm. It is in this spirit that we bring you the Marketplace of the Future, an experiential immersion into what life will be like when all organizations are working for the betterment of people and planet.

The Marketplace of the Future is a cross between a celebration and market showcasing 40+ start-ups that operate with sustainable supply chains, give-back models, and social benefit at their core. There will be live jazz, zero-waste food and drinks, and of course, climate change camaraderie.


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The State of Green Roofs in NYC 2019
Sep
27
8:00 AM08:00

The State of Green Roofs in NYC 2019

  • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (map)
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Join the Green Roof Researchers Alliance in a day of discussions, workshops, and green roof visits! Learn about green roof biodiversity, environmental benefits, and NYC policy. Meet leading green roof scientists and educators and learn about new scientific discoveries, curriculum, and tax incentives.

Highlights of the conference include panel discussions at the end of each session, workshops on the Javits green roof, and a panel featuring the Office of the NYC Comptroller, the Mayors Office of Sustainability, and NY Assemblywoman Nily Rozic!

This conference is designed to engage everyone, from the general public to industry specialists, architects, and scientists. Breakfast, lunch, networking reception, and workshops are included in the price of admission. Space is limited for “On the Roof” workshops - pre-registration is required by September 20th (see below to register for workshops).

To be held September 27, 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

General Admission: $30

Student Admission: $15

Please contact Dustin R. Partridge with questions (DPartridge@nycaudubon.org)

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Pitch Finale – Access Cities Open Innovation Call on Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Pitch Finale – Access Cities Open Innovation Call on Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect

  • 450 West 31st Street, 7th Floor New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)
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Access Cities is a Global Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development. Currently running in New York City, Munich, Singapore, and the two Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, the program aims to solve city problems through multi-stakeholder challenges and open innovation, as a way of accelerating technology and solution knowledge sharing between cities, and to offer better testing opportunities for vendors.

During the summer of 2019 Access Cities partnered with the City of New York for the Open Innovation Call on Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect – two of the most pressing challenges the City is currently facing.

We invite you to join us for the Pitch Finale and Award Show for the Call during Climate Week NYC, where up to 10 finalists will be invited to deliver their finale pitch to the judging panel consisting of 7 NYC Agencies.

Apart from pitches from the finalists, look forward to mayoral representatives from New York and Copenhagen discuss the value of city-to-city collaboration in the face of climate change, as well a comedy show about climate action.

Read about the 8 finalists’ solutions here

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The New Republic and The New School Present: Covering Climate Change: How to Turn up the Heat
Sep
23
6:00 PM18:00

The New Republic and The New School Present: Covering Climate Change: How to Turn up the Heat

In Honor of Climate Week NYC

The New Republic & The New School Present

Covering Climate Change: How to Turn up the Heat

We bring together a panel of journalists and activists on the US media coverage of the most urgent question to human existence, the climate emergency. Our goal will be not only to shed more light on the current coverage; but discuss how we can do more to sound the alarm, how to help our fellow journalists create more, communicate louder, and cover the crisis in more compelling terms.  In short, what is the role of journalism in covering this crisis and how much further should we go?

 

Guest panelists:

Meehan Crist, writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University

Arielle Duhaime Ross, Vice climate reporter, Host of Vox’s Reset

Vanessa Hauc, Telemundo’s Planet Tierra host

Genevieve Guenther, Affiliate faculty, Tishman Environment and Design Center


Moderated by: The New Republic, contributing editor. Author of HEATED

Get your tickets here!

Presented by The New Republic and the Tishman Environment and Design Center 


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ELIMINATING THE EFFECTS OF RACISM ON OUR WORK TO SUSTAIN ALL LIFE
Sep
22
3:30 PM15:30

ELIMINATING THE EFFECTS OF RACISM ON OUR WORK TO SUSTAIN ALL LIFE

  • 65 W 11th Street, Wollman Hall New York, NY 10011 USA (map)
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Racism has had a deeply damaging and divisive effect on everyone. It shapes and perpetuates the inequities of our society. It has become part of our social institutions. Unless we address racism, it is replicated in any solutions we develop. Understanding and healing the effects of racism on us as individuals is a necessary step in creating a movement that can sustain all life and restore the environment. In this workshop, we will: 

★ Learn about the development and maintenance of racism, ★ Examine the effects of historic and systemic racism on 

individual lives, interpersonal connections, relationships, and the climate movement, ★ Examine manifestations of racism in the environmental 

movement and the global response to the climate emergency, ★ Learn the approaches used by Sustaining All Life and United 

to End Racism to heal from the damage of oppression, increase our effectiveness in the climate justice movement, and prevent burnout. 


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Building a Resilient Future
Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

Building a Resilient Future

  • 63 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)
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The purpose of the Day is to reinforce the focus on resilience and the commitments expected to be made at the Climate Action Summit. It will feature innovative, interactive and participatory sessions for participants to share the actions and commitments they are making to achieve a transformative and resilient future. This will enable participants to learn from each other on what they are doing and how to embed resilience into actions to address climate change and achieve the SDGs. The Day has four objectives:

  1. To provide the opportunity for all stakeholders to commit to actions and initiatives to build a resilient future, and to explore how by breaking out of institutional and sector silos these can be greater than the sum of their parts.

  2. To highlight actions that grassroots organisations are taking, and how these organisations, and in particular women, can be part of decision making to take these actions to scale especially in the Least Developed Countries.

  3. To set out how the latest knowledge and understanding on resilience can be used to build and invest in adaptive, resilient and transformative communities and economies.

  4. To provide a highly interactive space to explore and identify new strategies, collaborations, and partnerships to advance and track the implementation of the actions and initiatives announced on the day.

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Climate Strike at TNS!
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Climate Strike at TNS!

  • 66 West 12th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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The Tishman Environment and Design Center is setting a meeting point for any students, staff, and faculty that want to participate in the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019.

We will provide markers, snacks, sign-making supplies, and a place to gather. If students want to go to Foley Square to hear Greta Thunberg speak. This could be a great place to congregate before going! 

Here is a list of events for the day in NYC: https://strikewithus.org/nyc/

Here is some of the art being generated for the strike so far: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xwo8dPjzjJFNHLC-REojFTUBRTK1PrwOS5L4E-I4Hj0/edit?usp=sharing

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Monthly Forum: Diversity in Green PechaKucha
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Monthly Forum: Diversity in Green PechaKucha

This is a special “PechaKucha” style forum in which all presentations will be 20 slides at 20 seconds each to tell a story about that speaker. Please join us for what should be an interesting and honest conversation from people with first hand experiences in this topic!

*For more information on Green 2.0's 2019 report, please visit https://www.diversegreen.org/

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Place: WeWork, 12 East 49th St, 18th floor, New York, NY 10017

*We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as fees increase at the door. Please check in at the front desk when you arrive and then proceed to the 18th floor.*

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Book Launch & Discussion: Globalism and Localization
Sep
12
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch & Discussion: Globalism and Localization

  • 65 West 11th St New Youk, New York, 10011 United States (map)
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You are invited to celebrate the launch of the new book, Globalism and Localization: Emergent Approaches to Ecological and Social Crises. Within this collection, contributors expound upon the connection between local and global phenomenon within their respective fields including social ecology, climate justice, ecopsychology, big history, peace ecology, social justice, community resilience, indigenous rights, permaculture, food justice, liberatory politics, and both transformative and transpersonal studies.

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