Combating Climate Change

My climate initiatives reduce emissions by an estimated 340 metric tons of CO₂ equivalent (MTCO₂e) per year.

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Producing Clean Electricity

Solar for Riverdalesolar panel

While learning about different energy sources, I realized that my school's empty rooftops had great potential for solar energy. I measured the rooftops, created solar models in HelioScope (image below), calculated savings, and gathered quotes from two companies. I presented to the administration and board of trustees, who agreed to a 582 kW solar PPA arrangement (enough to power 55 households) that will cover six buildings, promote renewable energy, and save the school tens of thousands of dollars every year.

85% of New York City's electricity comes from fossil fuels. This installation will generate 867 megawatt-hours of clean electricity per year.

Cobenefits:
  • Currently, when the power goes out in the River Campus, there is no WiFi, heat, or lighting. This happens around three times a year. Our installation will add a battery to the lower school to make sure the campus has 4–6 hours of backup power during the outages.
  • EV charging in the carports
  • Live energy generation data will be displayed in campus hallways and used in the science curriculum.
Solar ModelsSolar Models

Will save ~331 MTCO₂e each year

Renewable Energy Research
Joel in the Lab

I researched a novel compound for organic solar cells' absorbance layer at the Lee Lab in NYU's Molecular Design Institute and wrote a 14-page lab report. I will be a coauthor on a future peer-reviewed journal publication. See more here.

Electrification

Students for Electric Buses
Students for Electric Buses Logo
Inner Logo Piece
Spinning Outer logo Piece

I formed a coalition of students, faculty, and administrators at Riverdale and Fieldston to integrate electric school buses into SuperSelby's all-diesel fleet, improving passenger health and city air quality and combating climate change. Each bus will save 17 MTCO₂e per year. Transitioning whole fleet will save 1,428 MTCO₂e per year.

Electric Leaf Blowersleaf blower
I convinced Riverdale's facilities to transition from gas to electric leaf blowers. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also reduces noise pollution and improves workers' health.

Saves ~0.675 MTCO₂e per year

Connecting Street Vendors to the Grid
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Electricity from Generators

There are thousands of street vendors in NYC using gas generators for their electricity. Each vendor burns 450 gallons of gas per year on average, releasing 4 MTCO₂e. I am attempting to connect street vendors to the grid with the support of the Street Vendor Project. Each vendor connected to the grid will save 4 MTCO₂e per year. If all vendors connected to grid, we would save 40,000 MTCO₂e per year.
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Electric Ferries
I advocated for electric ferries on Manhattan Community Board 1 by putting in a budget request to the DOT for electric ferries and speaking in favor of electric ferries to NYC Ferries.

Energy Efficiency

Stopped Bus Idling
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Wrote to my school's bus contractor to enforce NYC's law banning bus idling. The day afterward, buses went from idling for hours to minutes.


Saves ~6.7 MTCO₂e per year

Buseroo
Encourages public transportation Easier for students to go places Students save money on car services and more equitable transportation.

Saves ~1.7 MTCO₂e per year

Stone House Group Internship
Researched building retrocomissioning for energy efficiency and NYC energy efficiency Local Laws.

Raising Public Awareness

Middle School Combating Climate Change Presentation

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Upper School Climate Solutions Presentation

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Petition for Electric School Buses
Received 313 petition signatures for SuperSelby's adoption of electric school buses, kicking off Students for Electric Buses.
The Need for a Nuclear Renaissance Presentation
Presented on the need for a nuclear renaissance at Brown University.
A Look into Climate Solutions Presentation
Presented A Look into Climate Solutions to advisors (small groups) using En-ROADS as an En-ROADS Ambassador.
Article on Nuclear Energy
Published an article in my school's newspaper about the need for supporting nuclear energy.

Mitigating Climate Change's Effects

Urban Miniforest
Made a Community Board resolution amendment to recommend the developers of the Holland Rotary to create a Miyawaki forest to improve air quality, lessen the urban heating effect (which saves HVAC emissions), and act as a flood resiliency measure.
Flood Resiliency
Part of discussions in the planning of resiliency projects in Lower Manhattan as a member of the Environmental Protection Committee of Manhattan Community Board 1.