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Receive up to $5,000 of funding or materials to support a Sustainability Project.

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) Office of Sustainability presents the 4th Annual Sustainability Project Grant for NYC Public Schools!

The Sustainability Project provide schools with an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 of funding or materials to support achievable, impactful sustainability projects at their school. Grant focus areas include school recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, environmental education, green team support or gardening. Awarded funding must be used by June 30, 2020.

Apply here: bit.ly/DOESustainabilityGrant2019

Application closes on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. For more information click here.

Students Installed Solar on DOE Schools!

The efforts of the NYC Solar Schools Program came full circle in the summer of 2019 as four Career and Technical (CTE) student interns joined Solar Energy Systems (SES), a solar installers, on the rooftop of DOE schools. The student interns worked on several of the six DOE solar projects under construction, bringing the total number of solarized schools to 42. Their work on-site included laying out and assembling solar panel mounting systems, distributing electrical wiring, and completing other solar installation activities with the guidance of trained solar installation professionals.

Each of the student interns are currently enrolled at one of the eleven DOE CTE high schools that participate in the NYC Solar CTE Program. This Program integrates solar content into existing electrical and engineering classes giving students direct exposure to solar PV system design and hand-on installation.

The SES team was excited about the opportunity to connect their work to the school community by hiring and mentoring student interns. The students shared this enthusiasm, stating that not only would they highly recommend this internship to other students, but moreover, that they felt empowered by this opportunity to take action!

Increased NYC Solar CTE Intern placement is a high priority for next year given its unique ability to offer students a paid opportunity to impact their City while gaining hard skills in one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Interested CTE students should talk to their instructors about the Industry Scholars Program and apply early!

Do you want to teach about solar in your classroom? Register here for the NYC Solar Schools Education Program or visit the Programs section for more information.

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