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How is this New York in Winter?

It’s difficult to ignore the moderate days. The out of ordinary days. The days where you step outside and think, “How is this New York in the winter?” Although in the coming weeks it seems as if the weather will return to its normal, icy self, one cannot ignore the chilling “anomalies” of warm weather that are growing in relevancy and concern. The primary issue with brushing off the ubiquity of climate change is that more often than not, it ...

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Behind the Scenes: My Technology Internship at BlocPower

I joined BlocPower because of a program my high school in Scottsdale, AZ offers called the Senior Research Project. The project allows all seniors to, instead of taking classes in their third trimester, research a central question and work for a company related to that topic. My question happened to be concerned with how retrofits like rooftop gardens being implemented in inner city schools affect STEM-based education. As chance would have it, the interplay of retrofits and inner cities is ...

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A Note on Dr. King’s Suggestion to Have a Tough Mind, and a Tender Heart.

One of my favorite sermons by Dr. King is called “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart”. It starts: “A French philosopher once said that ‘No man is so strong unless he bears within his character antitheses strongly marked’. … The idealists are not usually realists, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The militant are not usually passive, and the passive are not usually militant… But life at its best is a creative synthesis. It is the binding together ...

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Curious How BlocPower Creates Green Jobs in NYC?

Donnel Baird, BlocPower Founder and CEO, is proud to participate in “Race and Pathways to Employment” a solutions-focused discussion with Jami Floyd, host at WNYC; Jordyn Lexton, founder of Drive Change; and Jessamyn Rodriguez, founder of Hot Bread Kitchen. Join Donnel at Solutions Week, 7pm ET on Thursday, January 12 at The Greene Space in Manhattan to learn how BlocPower creates green jobs for underemployed workers from some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations. Get Your Tickets Now! Can’t make ...

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Modeling Energy Consumption in NYC

BlocPower collaborates with IBM to launch new energy efficiency analytics product Cities all over the world are searching for a solution to climate change. Though the challenge is multifaceted and complex, cities have the opportunity to lead us towards a better, more sustainable future. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced New York City’s commitment to climate change, One City Built to Last: Transforming New York City’s Buildings for a Low-Carbon Future. The commitment aims to reduce NYC greenhouse gas ...

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