Monday, May 13, 2013

THE ROCKAWAY PHOENIX - Sunday, May 19th - Rebuilding the Rockaways

On Sunday, May 19, OWS Environmental Solidarity Working Group and YANA present a rebuilding seminar at the First Congregational Church, Beach 94th Street and the bay, from 2 through 5 p.m. with Sal Lopizzo (founder of YANA), Winnie Wong of Occupy Sandy, Ken Gale of Eco-Logic on WBAI, and JK Canepa of the New York Climate Action Group and OWS-ESWG, OTP, and CARP. 

The East coast of the US was ravaged by Hurricane/Cyclone Sandy six months ago. Unfortunately this type of super storm will become more common as a century of fossil fuel use has exacerbated climate change and the corresponding erratic weather patterns. 

The Rockaway area was devastated in the storm and many people are still struggling to rebuild their homes and manage to afford the costs of heating and cooling them.

We'll start with a film as people come in and write down their questions and situations, and then our speaker, Chris Benedict, green architect of Architecture and Energy Limited, will address them. Architecture And Energy Limited has a unique perspective with “a portfolio of elegant, functional buildings that are healthy, durable and extremely energy efficient, built for the same price as typical buildings.”

The major focus of the forum will be to answer homeowners’ questions by addressing the specific problems of the Rockaways. Please bring your questions and your knowledge to this event.

This program is free and open to the public, especially the people of the Rockaways and Staten Island, and the volunteers who have stepped up to help after Superstorm Sandy.

Some points to be covered:

- How to save up to 90% on fuel costs

- How to make your home more efficient, safe, and sustainable

- Using the right materials for a wet environment (the Rockaways)

- Finding ways to afford it.

YANA and OWSESWG look forward to meeting you and hope to assist in finding good solutions to the Rockaways being better than ever!

Thanks to Alice Zinnes for the great graphic

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