Since former NYS Governor Mario Cuomo passed away on New Year’s Day at age 82, journalists across the state have been commenting on his legacy, including his leadership on education, AIDS, transportation safety and last but not least, the environment.
Are you a K-12 teacher currently teaching in the US or Canada? Have you always wanted to visit places like Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, or even Antarctica? National Geographic is offering professional development opportunities just for you.
When most Americans think of the early days of electricity, the first name that comes to mind is Thomas Edison. But the contributions of Nikola Tesla, the great Serbian-American inventor and scientist, who was younger than Edison and is not nearly as well-known, have done as much or more to shape the way we use electricity today. He developed and patented the AC induction motor and transformer and was an early proponent of wireless transmission technology, and a major player in the “war of currents” waged between Edison and George Westinghouse over which current, alternating or direct, would become the electric transmission standard. Using Tesla’s theories and patents, Westinghouse won, and we’re still using alternating current all over the US today.
The development of the electric grid and the battle between direct and alternating current marked the energy revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today a new energy revolution is gaining momentum, and you can learn more about that at the Clean EC website here.
City of Water Day is an annual festival of free activities and events designed to get New Yorkers more comfortable and familiar with our extensive and beautiful waterfront. Presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and over 700 partners (including Solar One), the Festival will be held in waterfront locations throughout the area, with most happening at Governor’s Island and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, as well as Pier 42 where Lower East Side Ecology Center will be running a fishing clinic (catch-and-release only).
You can find more information about activities here. The Festival runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday July 12, and all activities are offered free of charge.
On Monday, June 16th a kick-off celebration was held at Q650 – The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, to commemorate the installation of vacancy sensors (HSCTEA). This year, through Solar One’s Cleantech program, HSCTEA students had the opportunity to explore building performance and energy efficiency through a series of classroom activities and building audits.
Two HSCTEA 11th grade Engineering students, Ashaki Gumbs and Scander Garcia, went a step further, taking the data from the building audits to write a report, which outlined how upgrades to school lighting could save energy and lower the school’s carbon footprint. Their report was submitted to the DOE Division of Facilities Sustainability Office.
Over a 4-month period from December to March, these five schools, as part of Solar One’s Green Design Lab program, combined saved 246,020 kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough to power 23 homes for one year*. As a result of their efforts, they avoided 374,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere**, the equivalent of burning 182,000 lbs of coal. As a prize for their success, each school will be awarded with $5,000.
PS 126 Academy of Technology in Manhattan came in first place with a whopping 33% reduction, and on Friday, May 9, Solar One presented them with their award.