One the initiatives proposed in Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 is a $3 million pledge from the City towards the Solar 2 Green Energy Arts and Education Center, which will aim to be New York’s first carbon-neutral building and also seek a LEED Gold rating (image to the left). The remainder of funding for the $12.5 million project will come from private donors, and the City expects to break ground on the emissions-free, 8,000 square foot building sometime in 2008. The site of the project, Stuyvesant Cove Park, is a former brownfield located on the East River between 18th and 23rd Streets in Manhattan.
Solar 2, developed by the non-profit Community Environmental Center (“CEC”) which also founded Build It Green New York (the City’s only non-profit retail source for salvaged building materials and products) will replace Solar 1, the smaller current Education Center which the City opened back in January of 2002, also located at Stuyvesant Cove Park. The purpose of the new building will remain to educate New Yorkers about sustainability through a variety of interactive exhibits on green building systems and technologies. Green features at Solar 2 (in addition to its carbon-neutrality) will include geothermal heating and cooling, building-integrated photovoltaics, solar hot water, a rainwater collection system, and use of recycled building materials. The design team includes Kiss + Cathcart Architects, Ove Arup and Partners, Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture, and Main Street Design.
If you haven’t checked out Solar 1, this month’s Green Drinks will take place at Stuyvesant Cove Park tomorrow, Tuesday May 8, from 6 until 10PM. Hope to see you there!