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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

Volume 2, Issue 10 | October 2018

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Climate Change Horrors

To celebrate this season of ghouls and goblins, we thought it would be appropriate to scare you, dear reader, with some stories about the terrifying situation we’re all in regarding climate change. So grab some handcrafted candy corn (use organic sugar!) and have at it. You’re welcome.

Climate Change Loop

When nature harms itself: Five scary climate feedback loops

The thing about climate change is, the worse it gets – the worse it gets. Feedback loops accelerate the warming process. Now, scientists looking at lakes have found yet another alarming vicious circle to add to the list. Read more...

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

INCHEON, South Korea — A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” Read more...

Greenland's ice is melting much faster than we thought. Here's why that's scary.

Greenland's ice could raise seas by 20 feet.


How do we process doom-and-gloom climate news?
How should we?

Frightening stories about climate change seem to come in a never-ending wave these days. In just the past week, we’ve learned that Antarctica is melting three times faster than it was a decade ago, rising seas might flood more than 300,000 US homes twice a month within decades, and that India is facing the worst water crisis in its history. How do our brains respond to this onslaught of negative news? Read more...

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Eco-Themed Halloween Costumes

Make an eco-statement with these easy costume ideas

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Paul Hawken’s interview on The Sustainability Agenda podcast

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Live Stream Drawdown Learn

Teaching a Solutions-Based Approach to Climate Change
Live Stream: October 19  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Organize a viewing party or event

Access the free Friday evening live stream featuring
Paul Hawken and the Drawdown team

For more information:

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Green Procurement Webinar Recording Is Now Available

Learn about green purchasing and the opportunities that are available for using OGS centralized contracts. This webinar will explain how to use OGS contracts, describe the most frequently purchased green products and discuss the latest trends in green purchasing.

Links mentioned in the presentation:

  1. Presentation
  2. Procurement Services Contract Portal
  3. Find Contracts
  4. Corcraft preferred sources
  5. Preferred sources for people who are blind
  6. GreenNY website
  7. Center for Environmental Health

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And if you’re planning to attend this year’s NYLA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Rochester on November 7-10, be sure to join us for the Genesee Riverway Trail Fun Run on the 9th at 6:30am. All skill levels welcome! Info is on the Special Events page.

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