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
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.
Will save ~331 MTCO₂e each year
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.
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.
Saves ~0.675 MTCO₂e per year
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
Saves ~1.7 MTCO₂e per year