No. 201: Saving Shea, eschewing beef and offshore wind makes waves

TG it’s Friday: Happy March 24 everybody, on which Elvis became Pvt. 53310761, Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Exxon Valdez ran aground.

“Dark Side” remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 927 weeks. That’s almost eight years.

Second longest Billboard 200 album: Johnny Mathis’ greatest hits, at 490 weeks.

Number of times Pink Floyd and Johnny Mathis have been mentioned in the same newsletter: This would be it.

But first this: America’s changing diet has led to a 10 percent per-capita decrease in food-related carbon gases, or the equivalent of the annual tailpipe pollution of 57 million automobiles. (There are currently 253 million cars on U.S. roads.)

Most prominent among the dietary changes was a 19 percent reduction in beef consumption, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Washington-based Earth hugger. Cattle are responsible for millions of tons of methane greenhouse gas annually from belching and, um, other emissions.

Dwindling interest in orange juice, milk, frozen French fries and lettuce by the head, all big carbon contributors, also helped reduce the totals.

Americans could have done even more, the council’s report suggested, except for an increase in the consumption of carbon-intensive foods like cheese, yogurt and butter.

Something to think about next time they ask what kind of cheese you want on your burger: American processed cheese creates more climate pollution than any other variety. (Although mozzarella is not far behind.)

Related: Impossible Foods says its new production facility can crank out 1 million pounds of faux ground beef a month.

Also: A recent Innovate primer, “You can chews how you save the planet.”

Jobs: The Island added 27,000 positions in the year ending in February, an increase of 2.5% versus 1.6% for the state and 1.8% for the nation. Even manufacturing got on the bandwagon.

On board: Matthew E. Rappaport, an expert in trusts, asset protection and real estate-related tax matters of any stripe, has joined Sahn Ward Coschignano as counsel.

Shout outs: Anil Kapoor, Mike Faltischek, Peter Goldsmith, Paule Pachter, Bill Waibel, Raj Mehta, Steven Mendelsohn and the inimitable Eric Penzer are among the crowd being honored at the Kings of Long Island event on April 6.

Not an event, an experience: Pivotal, EisnerAmper’s upcoming tech summit, features name brand execs, venture capitalists, founders, education and opportunity. Oh, and cocktails. And performance. May 9, The Space at Westbury, 3 to 8 p.m., info here.

And: Congrats once more to our Innovator of the Year award winners and thank you sponsors and presenters, especially Allan Cohen who correctly pronounced Evgeny Nazaretski.


+ Stony Brook’s advanced energy center has run out of room. Now what?

+ Speaking of the AERTC, the center’s daylong symposium on offshore wind power (May 5, Montauk Yacht Club) is already making waves.

+ Custom lingerie platform Impish Lee now has a little more skin in the game.

+ Cablevision acquirer Altice has signed on as top sponsor of the local FIRST Robotics competition. Which is nice.

From our sponsor: Whether it’s helping in site selection, cutting through red tape or finding innovative ways to meet specific needs, businesses that settle in the Town of Islip soon learn that we take a proactive approach to seeing them succeed. If your business wants to locate or expand in a stable community with great quality of life, then it’s time you took a closer look at Islip.


Kickstarter campaign of the week: Friends of Brooklyn performance/recording space Shea Stadium pitched in a quick $70,000+ to reopen the venue, which city officials closed after discovering it had operated without permits since it opened in 2009. (Including a liquor license.)

Big idea of the week: A trio of European countries want to build a $1.6 billion island in the North Sea to support planned offshore wind farms. (The $1.6B is just for rocks and dirt; infrastructure extra.)

Road trip: A half-day Xconomy forum examines innovation’s impact on humans, including fighting cancer, autonomous vehicles, precision medicine and more. Sunny San Diego. Details.

Slam dunk: Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel is launching a premium service that gives subscribers inside info on potential partners and easier access to the in-app currency, called “beans,” which is currently the only way the platform makes money. (We wouldn’t have guessed the bagel represented the guy.)

Squeezing juice: National Grid is seeking to raise the output of small peaker plants in Port Jeff and Glenwood Landing, giving it access to cleaner and more efficient power. The boost does not require modifications, just state approvals. (Link requires a Newsday or Optimum sub.)


On their meds: Stony Brook’s wireless technology center hosts a symposium on medical technology and health care innovation, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Arie Kaufman, Eugene Sayan, Pete Donnelly, Satya Sharma, Diane Fabel and Henry Schein’s Bruce Lieberthal. More info and registration here.

The state of Long Island real estate: The fabulous Dave Panetta helms the Real Estate Institute’s spring symposium, April 28, Stony Brook Garden Inn, info and tickets here.

NYIT and the LI Capital Alliance: Entrepreneur education series, next up April 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m., registration here.

Attention foodtech entrepreneurs: Inside the coming storm in product labeling, April 19, 8 to 10 a.m., Kominicki, Russ Statman and more, register please.

And: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

If you have nothing doing on Saturday: At least 18 New York wineries and distillers will be pouring at Post Wines on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, 3 to 6 p.m.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.