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First “Net-Zero” Energy School Named After Former DOE Deputy Chancellor Grimm

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Source: New York City Department of Education

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña joined students, families, staff and local officials today to dedicate the city’s new “net-zero” energy school to the late Kathleen Grimm, a former Deputy Chancellor at the DOE whose vision and dedication helped make the school a reality.

The Kathleen Grimm School of Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground, or PS 62, is housed in a brand-new, uniquely designed 68,000-square-foot building that will generate energy with over 2,000 photovoltaic solar panels, a wind turbine, heating and cooling systems powered by underground geothermal wells and a host of other clean energy features…

This building is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes and will be the first “net-zero” school east of the Mississippi River. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the building is oriented on its 3.5-acre property to maximize exposure to the sun, with its south façade sloped at 70 degrees.  

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