NY Restoration Project at BDCA!

BDCA’s Sustainability Committee has teamed up with New York Restoration Project and Million Trees NYC! Sadly, this is because 27 street trees have died (many more are not in good health) surrounding our school; On a happy note, NY Restoration Project is working with our students to re-plant 27 street trees around our school community (red, blue, grey, and yellow dots below)!

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E2RC: Transformation of Space!

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Alma Mater

Honored to be featured on the cover of my Alma Mater’s magazine, along with two other amazing educators. Here’s the Linfield Magazine article!

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Webinar: Growing Schoolyard STEM Projects

Excited to be a participant in the webinar “Growing Schoolyard STEM Projects!” See below to learn more,

  • What? Join us the Wednesday before National Environmental Education Week for an introduction to the many applications of schoolyard gardens and green spaces as teaching tools for connecting environmental education and STEM learning! Presenters will cover some of the many different types of gardens or other spaces that can be used as outdoor classrooms and the related STEM tie-ins they offer. From engineering a garden bed or rainwater system, to the biology of plant life or pollinators, to the math used to calculate growing cycles and planting times, the lesson options are endless.
  • Who? Hear Nathaniel Wight, a science teacher in New York City, share his experience with a green roof project and his plans for what he has in mind next. Then Melanie Parker from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland will talk about how to infuse stormwater education into an entire school system’s curriculum. And finally, hear from Nature Works Everywhere about some of the premier resources available for helping you start and get the most out of your own schoolyard STEM garden.
  • When? Wednesday, April 15 2015 at 7:30pm ET.
  • How? Register for EE Week 2015 to join the live session on Wednesday. The link to join the webinar will be provided to all registrants of EE Week 2015. Registration is free and open to everyone!
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E2RC Project Update

Update! Our Zayed Energy-Environment Research Center (E2RC) is currently in the Department of Buildings permitting stage, but we have confidence the greenhouse (powered by a 1kW wind turbine and .5kW solar photovoltaic array system) will break ground next school year. Here’s a short video showing our current design, and here’s a more detailed project description.

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Green School National Conference!

What an amazing conference! I thoroughly enjoyed learning about other Green Schools’ sustainability efforts at the Green Schools National Conference this week!

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BDCA E2RC Design Competition!

Last year BDCA students won a prestigious international prize for their Energy Environment Research Center (E2RC) design. This year, 11th and 12th grade architectural students refine the design using AutoCAD. Congratulations to Justine, Joande, and Noel! These winning designs will be showcased at the World Future Energy Summit during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week this January, and will also be used to guide our construction in the spring.

Designs were evaluated on the below categories:

  • Renewable Energy (25 pts)
  • Greenhouse (25 pts)
  • Landscape Design (25 pts)
  • Sustainability (25 pts)

Total scores were weighed as such:

  • 60% industry professionals/partners
  • 20% BDCA staff
  • 20% student presentations

Project Timeline:

Note: the wind turbine created in these drawings will actually be a vertical axis wind turbine (like this one in Long Island City), not horizontal as depicted in these drawings. Vertical axis turbines are powered by wind coming from all 360 degrees. Because of this versatility, vertical axis wind turbines are ideal for installations where wind conditions are not consistent, such as in urban settings.

Zayed Future Energy Environment Research Center:

  • Provide a model educational center where both students and community members can study sustainable design and renewable energy systems.
  • Provide a showcase of cutting-edge renewable energy systems that will be visible and available at street-level for students, professionals, academics, engineers, and visitors to learn from.
  • Provide an outside supplemental classroom for CTE and content-based classes.
  • Provide an off grid emergency power facility that can be used by the community during power outages and times of need.
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