Earth Day took on a special significance this year when NYIT announced a public-private initiative that will put its students to task on a real-world sustainability project.
On April 22, the Jericho (N.Y.) Water District announced that it will install solar panels designed by NYIT engineering students and faculty members with the guidance and expertise of local Long Island firms. After the solar panels are installed, NYIT students will also be charged with monitoring their performance.
“The engineering students participating in the design of this system are contributing to making Long Island cleaner and greener, while helping to foster new clean energy jobs in our region,” said Kevin S. Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Power Authority, at the Earth Day press conference announcing the initiative. Also on hand expressing their support were New York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino, NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Anid, Jericho government officials, and members of the NYIT community.
“Educational partnerships instill in youth a love for their community, teach them social responsibility, enrich their classroom experiences with real application, and prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Anid.