Since the late 1990s, over 40 students have graduated from CUNY BA with areas in sustainability, covering, in-depth, topics such as agriculture, energy, water systems, international development, art and energy, tourism, transportation, and urban sustainability; virtually all are either working in their fields now or are enrolled in graduate programs.
Sustainable energy has been a key issue in Noah Ginsburg’s professional and academic life. With Prof. Steven Greenbaum, Physics, Hunter College, he designed his concentration in Renewable Energy. His interdisciplinary approach brought together courses in physics, environmental studies and political science from Hunter and Baruch Colleges. He included an internship at Locus Energy, a solar energy IT company, and solar installer training through GET@CUNY at the Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College. His mission is to make “sustainable energy the rule rather than the exception to the rule in the twenty-first century.”
Ginsburg has been interested in helping the environment since an early age. In high school he built a wind-powered generator to demonstrate the effectiveness and feasibility of sustainable energy. From 2008-10, he headed the Hunter Solar Project, a student organization dedicated to advancing renewable energy on Hunter’s campus. The group led successful fundraising efforts to install a solar energy system on campus and to hire student educators for an accompanying solar tour program. Under his leadership, the Hunter Solar Project received the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award.
Ginsburg received two scholarships for his service in City Year, an Americorps program that involves a year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement. He received the Segal Americorps Education Award of $4,725 plus the Seinfeld Scholarship of $10,000 per year, renewable for four years. This scholarship was awarded to five City Year Corps members in NYC for outstanding service. Ginsburg works for CUNY on the NYC Solar America Cities Initiative, a U.S. Dept. of Energy partnership between CUNY, the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, and the NYC Economic Development Corp., that seeks to address the barriers to solar energy in NYC and to integrate solar energy into the City’s long-term planning.
Upon graduating, Ginsburg was hired as the NYC Solar Ombudsman at CUNY. Now he is Performance Guarantee Specialist at Sungevity, a home solar system company based in San Francisco.