MEDIA ADVISORY: Opening of First Solar Classroom at Pace University April 19

Pace University’s first solar classroom will officially open April 19 thanks to a $15,000 grant from Con Edison. A ceremony will take place at the site of the newly retrofitted classroom, Pace’s popular Environmental Center, on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Pace Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 3.

OPENING OF FIRST SOLAR CLASSROOM AT PACE UNIVERSITY APRIL 19

Made possible through Con Edison grant

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, April 5, 2012 – Pace University’s first solar classroom will officially open April 19 thanks to a $15,000 grant from Con Edison.

A ceremony will take place at the site of the newly retrofitted classroom, Pace’s popular Environmental Center, on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Pace Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 3.

The funding from Con Edison allowed Pace to convert a building on its Pleasantville campus into a solar powered classroom. Solar panels were added to the roof of the cottage that charge batteries and provide electrical power to the classroom. A Pace student, an Environmental Studies major, designed the conversion.

Around 300-400 Pace students, high school students, and visitors currently use the classroom annually, with more expected in coming years. The classroom will serve as a real-life model that shows solar power as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, complementing environmental science curriculum at Pace.

The building, an historic, renovated cottage, is part of the University’s Environmental Center, a focal point for environmental education on campus, which also draws visitors from across Westchester.

The Environmental Center at Pace was founded in 1971, constructed around the remnants of an old farm. The farmhouse, nearly 250 years old, now houses office and classroom space, a small research library, and the Marty McGuire Museum with animal exhibit spaces used in educational programs.

The Center promotes environmental education and supports academic programs, including the biology and health sciences, environmental studies, the environmental science graduate program, Pace’s School of Education, and the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. The Center is a hub for student projects and community outreach, including annual Earth Month events at Pace.

About Pace University

 For 105 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680