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.
What an amazing conference! I thoroughly enjoyed learning about other Green Schools’ sustainability efforts at the Green Schools National Conference this week!
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
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.
Here’s an updated CrowdMap, created through the participation of Bronx Design & Construction Academy students in Sustainable South Bronx’s AirCasting program! Students will collect more data on particulate matter / pollution in our community, and analyze it in the coming weeks. This data will be used to help students advocate for environment justice in our community through outreach to community organizations and community boards.
Check out this map create by Bronx Design & Construction Academy students through their participation in Sustainable South Bronx’s AirCasting program!
Architectural Drafting Students at Bronx Design & Construction Academy kick started our Energy Environment Research Center project by surveying the construction site today! Here’s our timeline for the project:
Every year the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognize outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators to nationally honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms & teaching methods.