It's official! The New York State Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act has been introduced!

We are very excited to announce that the New York State Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act has officially been introduced Assemblyman Robert Carroll, the bill number is A08617 and you can see full details of it here on the New York Assembly Website.

In the coming months, we at the OpenAir Collective will be pushing hard to get this bill passed and we are counting on you to help us. Please sign up for our mailing list to get additional information about the bill and how you can help us support it.

Here’s a video from MSNBC about why reducing the carbon footprint of concrete is so important:

OpenAir at Marketplace of the Future

We were honored to conclude our jam-packed Climate Week NYC today at its official closing event, Marketplace of the Future. We had an amazing time exchanging ideas with hundreds of climate-conscious individuals, spreading the word on DACC and informing people about the (super exciting!) New York State Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act. The live jazz band and sustainable free food options weren’t too shabby either ;)

A giant thank you to our friends at Looking Glass Factory for lending us their 3D display to help us bring DACC to life (check it out in the pictures below).

And a huge thank you — and welcome! — to all the new Collectors who joined our community today! Each of you brought your own interests, insights, skills, backgrounds, and passions to our conversations together, and we’re excited to see that manifest into a better, more whole OpenAir.

Getting concrete! The very first OpenAir-backed legislation is just days away from introduction. Here's a summary.

This summer OpenAir worked closely with Assemblyman Robert Carroll (44th A.D.- Brooklyn) to produce the New York State Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act. With input from no fewer than ten academic experts, advocates and industry stakeholders, the bill is the first in the state to directly take aim at the carbon emissions profile (and carbon removal potential) of concrete. The bill, which will have a number in a few days, would require the State to factor “embodied carbon” measurements in the procurement of concrete for public infrastructure projects - roads, buildings, sidewalks, etc. The policy includes a special incentive for concretes that involve the capture and storage of carbon in the material and specifically names “direct air captured carbon dioxide” as one qualifying source.

This will be the Collective’s first open legislation initiative. The timing is right and we have high hopes for the bill’s passage in New York State, but even bigger ambitions that the bill will be embraced by other states and therefore have a wider and deeper impact in time. For that to happen we are gearing up for a significant member mobilization to engage, educate and ultimately pressure our state assembly and senate leaders to sponsor and pass the bill in the 2020 session, which starts in January.

If you are up for joining this effort and taking a lead in your own district - be it in New York or elsewhere - please sign up in the Join Us form below. We’ll be in touch!!

For additional context and background on the bill and why it matters, check out this longer “deep dive” version of the explainer below.

READ: Founding Collector Ari Marder's new piece about CCU products in VentureBeat!

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The OpenAir community is proud that one of our own, Ari Marder (#000002), published a new article in the popular technology outlet VentureBeat. It’s about on the new wave of startups developing products made from captured carbon dioxide. Weighing in at 1,790 words, the article is about the new wave of startups developing products made from captured carbon dioxide - a subject of natural interest to the OpenAir community. The article was published Friday and made the rounds on social media, garnering retweets from no less of a carbon focused personage Dr. Jonathan Foley, as well as Project Drawdown. Well done Ari!

OpenAir makes soft debut in NYU's March for Science Expo!

We made our official public debut at the March for Science Expo! Founding members Matt Parker and Ari Marder (looking awfully cool in freshly printed OpenAir t-shirts), met dozens of science enthusiasts and spoke to them about the current state of Direct Air Carbon Capture and its benefits and challenges. We’d like to thank the March for Science organizers for including us and giving us the opportunity to spread our message. See you next year! (hopefully within even cooler t-shirts and gear)