In this week's newsletter: S1 in the News: solar CTE programs across the US, Washington state legalizes outdoor preschools, come to the Solar One presentation at Waterside on Monday and much more!
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S1in the News: Solar CTE Programs

Solar education programs are taking off across the country, as more and more municipalities install solar panels on their school buildings. But according to Karen Alsen, Solar One's Director of K-12 Education, we aren't doing enough to teach students and teachers about renewable energy.

“All these schools are getting solar, but they aren’t teaching solar,” Alsen said. 

Solar One developed its work in schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Sustainability and its Office of Postsecondary Readiness. The idea developed because more schools in the city were adding solar energy systems.

Solar-school partnerships can also help refresh educators skills. Teachers who have been in the field for 20 to 30 years don’t always have the most up-to-date knowledge on the energy industry, Alsen explains. Plus, even the solar field is “changing pretty rapidly,” she said. 

Recent research has shown that solar panels on schools can result in significant savings in energy costs, which are typically second only to salary expenses for school districts. The installations then provide schools with STEM learning opportunities. In fact, through the NYCDOE’s CTE Industry Scholars Program, four students participated in paid internships this past summer working on school installations.

You can read more about Solar One's solar CTE programs as well as similar programs across the country on the EducationDive website here.

Washington State Legalizes Outdoor Preschools

Washington has become the first state to license outdoor preschools. While these nature-based alternatives to conventional childcare facilities are growing in popularity across the nation, they haven't had the same legal status as indoor spaces. This limited their ability to offer full-day programming and to offer subsidized spots to low-income families.

If outdoor preschools become more common, then hopefully outdoor classes will become more accepted in later grades, too. A 2018 study found that teachers could hold their students' attention for twice as long after teaching a previous class out of doors; it seems the experience of nature settles and calms the students, making them more capable of focusing and engaging with schoolwork.

Nature is a powerful learning tool on so many levels, and educators would be wise to work with it, rather than against it. Washington's decision to legalize outdoor preschools is a profound acknowledgement of that.

You can read more at Treehugger.com here.

Come to the Solar One Presentation at Waterside on Monday October 14

Solar One Executive Director Christopher Collins will give a talk about the organization with some history and many of its current day projects including Stuyvesant Cove Park, renewable energy, and education  projects with the NYC Department of Education.

There will be a look at the  design of the new building planned by NYC Economic Development Corporation to be located at E. 23rd street and the East River.

This  presentation will take place at the Civic Engagement Center at Waterside, Lew Davis Pavilion  on the Plaza. 

Enter walkway at FDR Drive at 25th  Street.
Monday October 14th at 6pm. 
Call 212 340 4251 to register.

We hope to see you there!
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Solar One Events

10/19
Community Voulunteer Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 10am-12:30pm, free
Pizza lunch will be served. 

Upcoming Events

10/11
4th Annual Urban Soils Symposium
Aviator Sports & Recreation Center, Sky Mezzanine, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 9am-6:30pm, free

10/12
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Lower East Side
Rutgers Street bet Madison & Cherry Sts, Manhattan, 10am-4pm, free

Urban Soils, Art, & Harvest Festival
Ecology Village, Building 70, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, 11am-7pm, free

Meet Our Artists + Community Potluck Dinner
The Performance Project @University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street bet Rivington & Delancey Sts, Manhattan, 5-9pm, free

10/13
Urban Soils & Green Infrastructure Tour
Pickup in front of Brooklyn Public Library, 25 Fourth Avenue bet Pacific & Dean Sts, Brooklyn, 10am-5pm, free

10/15
NYC Charter 2019 Revision Information Session: Queens
Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard bet Grand Central Pkwy & 82nd Ave, Queens, 6:30-8pm, free

Citywide/Open Waters Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) Public Meeting
CUNY School of Law, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 2 Court Square West, Queens, 6:30-8:30pm, free

10/16
NYC Charter 2019 Revision Information Session: Bronx
Bronx Museum of Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse bet E. 165th & E. 166th Sts, Bronx, 6:30-8pm, free

10/17
NYC Charter 2019 Revision Information Session: Manhattan
John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street bet 10th & 11th Aves, Manhattan, 6:30-8pm, free

Should Storm Surge Barriers Be Built to Protect NY & NJ from Flooding?
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall 104, 435 West 116th Street bet Broadway & Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, 7-8:30pm, free
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