In this week's Newsletter: NYC Solar Schools case study by Building Energy Exchange and DCAS links investments in renewables to climate education, tickets for the next Clean Energy Connections are still available, and much more!
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NYC Solar Schools Case Study: Clean Energy + Climate Education

In 2016 the City of New York was poised to install large scale solar panel systems on more than 100 public school buildings in just a few years. The agencies engaged in the rollout of these projects seized the opportunity to link these investments to student learning and improve climate education literacy in the largest school system in the country.  To build a community of learning around clean energy investments and sustainability, the City of New York created the NYC Solar Schools Program, an integrated partnership of government agencies, environmental nonprofits, and educators.

The working group created to develop the NYC Solar Schools effort was fundamental to the success of the program. Having identified the unique opportunity available to create an education program that revolved around the City’s extensive solar power installation program, this partnership worked together to secure funding and develop the structure and format of the program.  The members of this group were careful to work collaboratively while also recognizing and taking advantage of each other’s strengths.  They included the Division of Energy Management within the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the Office of Sustainability(DOE Sustainability) within the New York City Department of Education (DOE), and Solar One, an environmental non-profit with extensive educational programming.

Now DCAS and the Building Energy Exchange have produced this case study as a tool for other municipalities who would like to realize the same educational and environmental benefits in their school systems. We couldn't be prouder of our education team for their pioneering role!

You can read the case study here, or by clicking on the image above.

Tickets Still Available for Clean Energy Connections: NYC's Low Carbon Future on June 19th

You won't want to miss the next Clean Energy Connections panel discussion at the WNYC Greene Space, and you don't have to, because there are still a few tickets available.

On April 18th, New York City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, an ambitious set of legislation designed to catalyze greenhouse gas emissions reductions throughout the buildings sector. In 2016, buildings accounted for 66% of emissions, therefore, they must be at the front and center of climate policy in order for the City to meet its 80 x 50 climate reduction goals. This panel seeks to enlighten attendees on the new legislation and NYC's pathway to a low carbon future.


Costa Constantinides, New York City Council’s 22nd District Representative


Lia Cairone, Assistant Deputy Director, Policy, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Jeff Perlman, President of BrightPower

John Mealy, Sustainability Specialist, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick

Kelly Dougherty, Director of Energy Management for FirstService Residential


6:30 - Doors open

7:00 - Opening remarks

7:15 - Panel discussion

8:30 - Networking

Tickets are available here.

Come to Climate Speaks 2019 at the Apollo Theater on June 14th

The Climate Museum presents Climate Speaks 2019, a citywide youth spoken word performance about our greatest challenge: the climate crisis. High school students from across NYC will take the stage of the Apollo Theater on June 14 to present electrifying, original work crafted over several months. Come experience their creativity, leadership, and passion for a climate-safe future.

This program is presented in partnership with the NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability and with special thanks to Urban Word NYC.  

Tickets are available at
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Community Volunteer Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 9am-12pm, free
For more information and to RSVP, email Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy. Pizza lunch will be served.

Upcoming Events

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Bay Ridge
8214 Fourth Avenue bet 81st & 82nd Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Hell's Kitchen
Manhattan Plaza, 400 West 43rd Street bet 9th & 10th Aves, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

New York March for the Ocean
Steeplechase Park Parachute Drop, Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, 10am-12pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Financial District
Fulton Street bet Cliff & Gold Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Stuyvesant Town
Stuyvesant Town Playground 12, Stuyvesant Oval Greenmarket, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Big Ladder Software- EnergyPlus & OpenStudio Workshops
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9am-6pm, $475+

Conquering the Energy Code for Architects & Engineers: Residential
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street, 9th Floor Blue Room, bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 9am-5pm, $199 general admission/$175 Urban Green members

Building Enclosure Design Flaws and How to Avoid Them
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $10 general admission/AIA & BE-eX members & students free

Ships 101 Presentation – Back to Basics!
National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, 6:30-8pm, $10 general admission/$5 museum members

Here Comes the Sun: Daylight Hour 2019 Kickoff
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 6-8:30pm, free
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