Renewable Energy Use and Decarbonization Opportunities on Roosevelt Island, NYC

Worksite Location
Project Dates
Late May through early August
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Roosevelt Island Community: Christina Delfico; Cornell Tech: Jane Swanson; CUCE-NYC: Jennifer Tiffany
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The summer intern will work with stakeholders on Roosevelt Island, NYC, to explore and address one of the key questions surfaced by the “Engaged Roosevelt Island” working group: What is the potential capacity to expand Roosevelt Island’s use of renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal and tidal)? The student will work in close collaboration with the community engagement committee (“Engaged Roosevelt Island” working group) brought together in response to a OEI planning grant submitted by CUCE-NYC and Cornell Tech that includes Cornell Tech students, leaders of community organizations committed to sustainability, staff from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), and other partners.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will work with community stakeholders and Cornell faculty to gather information on current energy sources utilized by Roosevelt Island residents and organizations and to identify opportunities for decarbonization including switching to renewable energy sources and identifying new place-specific options for renewable energy (e.g., tidal or geothermal power). This work will include taking part in “Engage Roosevelt Island” working group meetings, accessing existing data, gathering new data (surveys, interviews), and taking part in community events.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework
Benefits and Skills

This internship will contribute to a range of learning outcomes, including 1) team work focused on both a specific goal (addressing questions around decarbonizing the Roosevelt Island energy supply) and broader goals (working towards community sustainability, cohesion, and inter group partnership), 2) research and data gathering skills specific to promoting renewable energy use on the Island, and 3) potentially communication and community engagement skills if a community event related to the work is developed by the working group, OEI/CCE intern will have potential opportunities to engage and work with students from Cornell Tech and Cornell and CUNY MPH programs, as well as with other Cornell undergraduates.