Solar One is New York City’s Green Energy, Arts and Education Center. Originally founded in 2004 to manage Stuyvesant Cove Park and a small environmental education center (“Solar 1”) Solar One quickly grew into an award-winning organization with a thriving array of programs promoting urban sustainability and education. Solar One’s programs reach all five boroughs.
In 2011, Solar One reached 42,121 people directly through programs, and over 420,000 people through marketing, outreach, and social media.
What We Do
Solar One manages Stuyvesant Cove Park, an architect-designed, sustainably managed 2-acre jewel of a Park on land that was once an abandoned industrial site. The Park is now home to hundreds of indigenous plants, flowers, trees, and berry bushes, and a site for many free public events.
Read more about the lengthy battle to stop a planned highrise development and instead use the Park’s site as open green space for the public. A rare success story in which the NYC public won, the Park original mission included an environmental education center. Solar One became the steward of realizing this vision and has created many programs providing environmental education to NYC residents, as well as planning to build a world-class Green Energy, Arts & Education Center – Solar 2.
Working with dozens of New York City public schools each year, the K-12 Education program teaches thousands of New York City youth how to live sustainably in their urban environment through the Green Design Lab and Enrichment Education programs. Each summer, the Arts and Events program holds a series of free solar-powered dance, film, and community events — including the all-night Sun To Stars Festival.
The Green Workforce Training Program is one of New York City’s largest green jobs training organizations, providing training courses in fast-growing green jobs fields along with environmental literacy education.
Solar One’s Energy Connections program provides public education about sustainability and energy efficiency programs, reaching thousands of renters, condo and co-op owners, congregations, building superintendents, building owners, the green workforce, and the general public annually. In 2011, the new Clean Energy Connections panel series was begun with NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly, creating a showcase and meeting ground for the clean technology community.
Solar One is also planning to build Solar 2, a new education and arts center that will feature cutting-edge clean technology systems such as a full solar array, water re-capture system, a green roof and wetlands area, energy-saving construction, and other advanced sustainable technology.