Save Money, Save Water

For something so vital to our survival, most of us spend very little time thinking about our water –where it comes from, how it gets to us, what happens along the way, and how much we use are all important questions that we rarely ask. Did you know that if you live in New York City, your tap water travels more than 125 miles from upstate New York. Continue reading Save Money, Save Water

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.

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

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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.

Behind the Scenes: Celebrating Women in Technology

At BlocPower we are proud of the critical contributions women make to our company every day. Here we interview Shruti Sane, one of our Managing Project Engineers, to learn more about her innovative work at BlocPower and her experience as a women in technology.  Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Celebrating Women in Technology

BlocPower’s Chief Engineer talks Data Science on stage at IBM Interconnect 2017!

“The future for us is all about connecting the digital world to the physical world.”   -BlocPower Chief Engineer, Tooraj Arvajeh in his Keynote speech, March 21 on stage at the IBM Interconnect 2017 conference.  Watch the full video:

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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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Check Out BlocPower’s New Mobile App at IBM InterConnect 2017!

BlocPower will be featured in a Keynote at the IBM InterConnect 2017 conference in Las Vegas this week! On March 21 our Chief Engineering Officer, Tooraj Arvajeh, will be on stage at InterConnect to announce BP Analyze, the new mobile application we have been developing with our partners, IBM and Harmony.

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Behind the Scenes: Developing Time Series Databases at BlocPower

As a software developer and an undergraduate student from the University of Waterloo, I had been looking for interesting companies where I could intern. As chance would have it, BlocPower was hiring database developers, and as I researched BlocPower, I realized I would be able to do great work here. Luckily, after interviewing with the principle data architect and CTO of BlocPower, I got matched to BlocPower. Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Developing Time Series Databases at BlocPower

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