During the last few weeks of August Solar One educators traveled to each of the five Boroughs to talk to students about energy usage and to help them look for ways to save. The NYC parks and recreation department has organized a Green Teens program to help local students become stewards of their local parks and surrounding communities.
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In addition to the damaged trees, Wednesday’s storm brought hail and torrential rains to Stuyvesant Cove Park. The storm water was enough to cause a combined sewer overflow event or CSO. For those of you who haven’t heard of this, CSO’s are NYC’s answer for extra storm water that can’t be treated fast enough by the sewage treatment plants. Instead of sewage and polluted storm water flooding back up out of our street basins and building drains it overflows polluting our rivers. Stinky!
Today we built a simple do-it-yourself solar USB charger that fits in an Altoid tin. This little guy will charge most mobile devices that charge via USB using 2 rechargeable AA batteries and flexible thin-film solar panels. All the parts we used totaled less than $30 and can be as low as $10 if purchased in bulk, which includes:
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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.
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Several schools in Solar One’s Green Design Lab K-12 sustainability education program launched IOBY campaigns. IOBY- In Our Back Yard – is a crowdsourcing site for environmental projects. Can you help these schoolwide sustainability projects get off the ground? The Green Design Lab IOBY projects include:
- Pedal-powered bicycle blenders at PS 33 in Manhattan
- A vegetable and flower garden at Queens Collegiate
- Replacing lighbulbs with energy-efficient LEDs in Staten Island
- Starting a community garden at MS 88 in Brooklyn
- Installing a solar-power system on an eco-shed at the Bushwick Campus Farm
Solar One’s Green Design Lab program is now accepting applications for the 2012/2013 school year! This program uses the school building itself to teach about the environment, energy, food, water, materials and air quality, all while helping students”green” their school building. Click HERE to download the RFP and instructions.