Our services have included helping schools and communities develop rain water collection systems, compost collection systems, converting restaurant waste vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel, and developing curriculums to train participants on the basics of Environmental Stewardship, Biofuel Production Techniques, and Installing Solar PV Systems. In addition, we have worked with Community Action Organizations to build “Hoop Houses” and aquaponics systems (based on the Will Allen verma-culture farming system).
In 2010, Halsey Street Green Solutions published a Solar PV curriculum and interactive study guide designed to help students become entry level solar panel installers and pass the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals) entry level photovoltaic exam. Our PV curriculum and NABCEP test preparation guide is currently being used by twenty colleges (see completed projects) offering Solar PV courses designed to prepare students to be solar PV installers.
Solutions oriented curriculum developer and trainer, with more than 20 years of Solid experience designing curriculums, course materials and evaluation tools that turn lesson plans into creative, interactive teaching tools that convey information in all the ways that people learn (e.g. using video, audio, color, graphics, animation via interactive eBooks, Powerpoint and/or Web pages).
Developed the “Introduction to Biofuels Course” for Hawaii Community College to provide students with an introduction to the production methods used to capture bio-based fuels. Emphasis was placed on the basic chemistry of various forms of biofuel production, proper production and fuel quality testing methods, safe handling and use guidelines, and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of biofuels. In addition, students created income-expense business reports based on developing a local waste vegetable oil conversion center and an E-85 ethanol energy cooperative. Upon completion of the course, students were also able to demonstrate the ability to produce and test biodiesel and ethanol fuels that meet ASTM standards for commercial quality biofuel.
Developed the “Environmental Stewardship Curriculum” for the New Jersey Environment Federation’s Urban Environmental Institute. The focus of this interactive CD ROM based course is on teaching inner-city high school and college students about the issue surrounding environmental sustainability, environmental justice, and how to scientifically test the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we occupy. In addition, students study the implication the burning fossil fuels, using chemical pesticides and the impact that human waste is having on the various eco-systems of our planet.
Developed a “Solar Panel Installation Basics Curriculum” in partnership with the LB Electric Company and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This interactive CD ROM based course focuses on the study of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules, and system components; electrical circuits; PV system design and sizing for use on homes; solar electric products and applications; and understanding energy conversion from sunlight to electricity, and working with solar conversion equipment. The 112-hour course was designed to give students the book knowledge and hands on experience to gain a Solar Panel Installer Certificate of Completion from NJIT. This course was designed based on the learning objectives developed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for a PV Entry Level Solar Panel Installation Course.