In this week's Newsletter: Constellation Energy features Solar One in new video, metal discovered to conduct electricity but not heat, ladybug release in Stuyvesant Cove Park this Wednesday and much more!
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Constellation Energy Features Solar One and the E2 Energy to Educate Program in New Video 

Big thanks to our partners at Constellation Energy, who produced this super cool video about the E2 Energy to educate program. You can see some of the Solar One team in action at the Global Learning Collaborative, teaching about energy using fun activities like solar race car building and making your own battery from scratch. These activities, which are part of the Green Design Lab education curriculum, can help students understand the impacts of our energy choices, while also learning that science can be lots of fun!

Unusual Metal Is Discovered to Conduct Electricity, But Not Heat

You probably haven't heard of the Wiedemann-Franz Law, the rule in physics that states that the ratio of heat or thermal conductivity to electrical conductivity is proportional to the temperature of the conductive material. Practically speaking, it states that if a material is a good conductor of electricity, it's also a good conductor of heat. And even more practically speaking, it means that a great deal of the energy that's required to generate electricity is wasted in generating heat.

We are now starting to look for ways to capture and reuse that  heat, most notably in combined heat and power systems. But what if you could separate heat conductivity from electricla conductivity, and generate a current without generating any heat at all?

Laws of physics are supposed to be unbreakable, but wherever there's a rule, an exception tends to follow. For the Weidemann-Franz Law, that exception is a little-known metal called vanadium dioxide. Its electrons are able to conduct electricity without conducting heat, a research team at Berkeley Labs' Materials Sciences Division has recently discovered.

It's too soon to speculate about possible commercial uses for vanadium dioxide, or VO2, but its future sure looks interesting.

You can read more about this fascinating discovery at the Berkeley Labs website here.

Come Release Ladybugs in Stuy Cove Park Next Wednesday

Summer weather is here (again!) but with so much wet, chilly weather recently, the Park is suddenly full of aphids, those tiny, nasty pests that would happily devour every green leaf if we left them to their own devices. In may, we released 9,000 ladybugs in the Park, and we have seen their little dragonesque larvae (pictured above) working away at gobbling them up. But they need help! So this coming Wednesday, June 14th, we will be releasing another 9,000 ladybugs in the Park at around 3:30pm.

If you're a fan of these black-and-red pest eaters, coem join us! You can RSVP to Park manager Liza Mindemann at to find out exactly what time we'll be releasing them. This is a really fun activity for young children!
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-1pm, free w/RSVP
Includes pizza lunch. RSVP to

Other Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Bay Ridge
Shore Park, Shore Road & 79th Street, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

Riverdale RiverFest: An Annual Celebration of the River in Riverdale
College of Mount Saint Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Avenue at W. 263rd St, Bronx, 11am-4pm, free
Boat rides are $25 for adults, $15 children 14 and under

Hyper-Efficient Building Workshop: Strategies to Comply with Local Law 31
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place bet Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $375 AIA member/$400 UGC member/$425 general admission
This is a two day workshop.

Retrofit Accelerator Training: Water Conservation
Solar One Green Workforce Training Lab, 29-76 Northern Boulevard bet Queens Blvd & Honeywell St, Queens, 9am-3pm, $25

Well(ness) at Work: Office Tours and Discussion — Jones Lang LaSalle Tour
Jones Lang LaSalle, 28 Liberty Street, 30th Floor, bet Nassau & William Sts, Manhattan, 4:30-6:30pm, $10 office tour only/$15 tour + panel discussion

Retrofit Accelerator Training: Energy Efficient Electrical
Solar One Green Workforce Training Lab, 29-76 Northern Boulevard bet Queens Blvd & Honeywell St, Queens, 9am-3pm, $25

2017 Daylight Hour
Everywhere, 12-1pm, free
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