Energy developer Beautiful Earth Group recently opened the New York Center for Sustainable Energy (NYCSE) at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. NYCSE is New York City’s first educational center to be completely net-zero and off grid, with a sustainable, modular design. It runs entirely on green energy and collects its own water supply. Besides providing information to visitors, it also provides power for the daily operations of Brooklyn Bridge Park by collecting and storing solar energy, which is used to power the park’s security and maintenance systems.
The Brooklyn location is NYSCE’s prototype location, and they hope to expand to have centers in other boroughs as well. Architecture and design firm Gensler helped develop the center, converting Brooklyn Bridge Park’s EV charging station, which was made from recycled shipping containers, into a modular series of classrooms and exhibit space. Many of the building materials were salvaged or repurposed, such as the Center’s benches, which are made from old wooden beams that washed up along the park’s shoreline.
The mission of NYCSE is said to be to provide information and education for the public about clean energy, conducting tours and programs for students, and lectures and seminars for adults, and workshops for teachers and corporate sustainability executives.
In addition to this, NYCSE is also active in promoting electric vehicles and EV charging stations throughout New York City.