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NYC Solar Map
http://nycsolarmap.com/

City University of New York and Partners

This interactive map shows existing solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal installations in New York City and gives an estimate of solar PV potential for every rooftop in the five boroughs.
The New York City Solar Map is a tool that allows users, whether they live in New York or not, to learn about the potential for solar on buildings and in urban regions. It also provides practical information and steps for installing solar.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
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6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
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Human use of energy.

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About the Science

  • The solar potential of rooftops in New York City is assessed as a Google Earth layer.

About the Pedagogy

  • Fun inquiry approach to learning about how solar could be utilized in an urban environment.
  • Many building have no data so students need to pick from those given on the map.
  • All figures and numbers are automatically calculated for learners, but the approach could be expanded upon to areas outside New York, which would require learners to access and analyze data for their area of interest.
  • Well-thought-out, good instructions, and interesting concept.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Works on iPad.
  • A fun, interactive resource to explore, yet very "black box" in that all figures are pre-calculated.

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