How We’re Collaborating with Intel to Scale our Business

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BlocPower is thrilled to be working with Intel to scale our technology and more rapidly help communities in cities across America.  With the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, we have been able to run hundreds of building engineering assessments at the neighborhood and city level– in the time it currently takes us to model one building.  Continue reading How We’re Collaborating with Intel to Scale our Business

Celebrating Earth Day at BlocPower

Here at BlocPower we celebrate the values and ideals embodied in the Earth Day movement. This week as we reflected on the importance of Earth Day, we spoke to NBC to share how we create more sustainable cities using technology and engineering innovations. Learn about you can get involved through our crowdfunding platform to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, building off of increasing awareness of air and water pollution in the United States. The event drew bipartisan support as 20 million Americans joined demonstrations across the country.  The organizers’ ability to gain bipartisan support led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the passages of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

BlocPower works every day to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor air quality in low and moderate income communities. You can also help to reduce fossil fuel usage and invest in improving air quality and health in New York City by supporting one of our fully vetted, “shovel ready” green building retrofit projects.

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Reverend Leo W. Curry in the basement of the Fordham United Methodist Church in the Bronx with a boiler that will be replaced with an energy-efficient boiler.


Philadelphia Energy Authority looks to BlocPower’s business model while leveraging $1 billion in energy efficiency investments

The Philadelphia Energy Campaign is leveraging $1 billion in public and private investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects over the next 10 years. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is looking to BlocPower’s business model and success in New York City to inform their strategy as they develop the Philadelphia Energy Campaign and aim to create 10,000 jobs and return $200 million in cost savings to the local economy. Hear BlocPower CEO, Donnel Baird, speak with Katie Colaneri on WHYY (Philadelphia Public Radio) about how BlocPower brings together investors and cutting edge technology to help low-to-moderate income building owners realize energy and cost savings for their buildings. Listen to the full story here.


Honored to have Donnel Baird on Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017!


At BlocPower we are laser focused on developing tangible and accessible solutions to some of the most pressing clean energy and air quality challenges. And for most of us, this work is very personal.  Our co-founder and CEO, Donnel Baird, is honored to have our work recognized through Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Read about how growing up in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood helped give Donnel the inspiration to start BlocPower. “I’ve been thinking about these ideas for 15 years,” he said. “Our goal is to be able to do this in every city in the country.” Check out the full article here.

Meet our CEO, Donnel Baird, proud to be a Grist 50 Fixer

Our CEO and Co-founder, Donnel Baird, was selected by Grist Magazine as one of 50 Fixers for 2017!  “The world feels pretty broken right now. That’s why we need Fixers — bold problem solvers working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck…

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Data-Driven Solutions for Our Mission-Driven Organization

BlocPower’s engineers recently asked the question: What tools exist that enable us to quickly apply different machine learning techniques to the data we collected when conducting energy audits of 300 buildings?  And how can we use this tool to predict all of New York City’s energy consumption? Read on to learn how we partnered with IBM for the answer. Continue reading Data-Driven Solutions for Our Mission-Driven Organization

BlocPower interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange!

On Monday we announced the launch of our new crowdfunding site BlocPower Marketplace during an interview with Cheddar, a new media company founded by former BuzzFeed president Jon Steinberg. Continue reading BlocPower interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange!

Behind the Scenes: My Technology Internship at BlocPower

I joined BlocPower because of a program my high school in Scottsdale, AZ offers called the Senior Research Project. The project allows all seniors to, instead of taking classes in their third trimester, research a central question and work for a company related to that topic. My question happened to be concerned with how retrofits like rooftop gardens being implemented in inner city schools affect STEM-based education. As chance would have it, the interplay of retrofits and inner cities is exactly what BlocPower does, so after looking into some sustainability companies, I found myself on BlocPower’s website and knew immediately “this is where I want to intern.” Continue reading Behind the Scenes: My Technology Internship at BlocPower

BlocPower’s Founders Live Interview on Cheddar media

BlocPower is so excited to have our company profiled live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with Cheddar today at 4:10pm Eastern!
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BlocPower’s Tooraj Arvajeh at IBM Machine Learning Launch Event on February 15

Check out the IBM Machine Learning Launch Event on February 15, 2-6pm to see BlocPower Chief Engineering Officer Tooraj Arvajeh talk about “Transforming inner city renovation with energy efficient projects though the power of analytics and machine learning.”  The free event is at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and will also be live streamed. 

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