Gary Smith runs the tenant education program Whole Buildings at Solar One. It’s Gary’s job to help tenants learn about electricity and energy usage within their buildings and apartments, and how to save the bucks on their bills. We interviewed Gary to get his best bets for saving on your energy bills this summer.
Stuyvesant Cove Park is happy to once again be a host site for the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE). CWE is a workforce training non-profit agency with a number of programs for helping youth, new Americans, and dislocated workers. The volunteer program connects youth volunteers who are certified tradesmen seeking work experience to places that can give them on site job training (That’s us!) The on-the-job training helps to give them a leg up in their entry into the job market.
Come to Solar One on Saturday June 23 for a day of learning about pollinators and the work they do to help create some of our favorite foodstuffs; making handmade ice cream; sprouting native salads; creating watercolor paintings, masks and costumes; and much, much more!
Suitable for kids and families of all ages. RSVP to daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.
At Solar One in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Saturday June 23 from 10am to 2pm
Out of the twenty-two schools that participated in this year’s Green Design Lab Energy Challenge, P.S./M.S. 194 in The Bronx rose to the top, cutting its energy use by 21%, and winning the $12,000 prize for first place. The runners up, PS 84-Steinway, in Astoria, and the Academy for Environmental Leadership, Bushwick Campus, in Bushwick, reduced energy use by 17 and 14 percent, respectively, to win $9,000 each.
The Green Design Lab is program by Solar One that teaches students about energy and electricity. The Energy Challenge is the culmination of a year’s worth of learning, where the schools square off to see who can cut their electricity bills by the most. The average savings of all the schools combined was over 8%, saving the school system $75,000.
Read the full press release.
While solar panels and green roofs get a lot of the spotlight when it comes to greening buildings, the most cost-effective measures have always looked to improve efficiency first and foremost. Habitat Mag covered this topic today in an article on the importance of supers in the success of any greening measures a building may undertake. The major effort in this regard has been the 1,000 Green Supers training offered by the 32BJ Training Fund that has already “certified more than 1,500 union members in green operations and maintenance”. That’s great news for the urban environment of New York City as more green supers means energy savings and cleaner environments both inside and outside our buildings.