Con Edison Keeps Eco-Center Afloat on the Hudson River

Con Edison Keeps Eco-Center Afloat on the Hudson River 
YONKERS, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 08/09/12 --  Kids are rolling on the
river -- the Hudson River -- courtesy of Con Edison's support for The
Science Barge. 
Thousands of youngsters are getting lessons in agriculture and
renewable energy on the floating urban farm. Check it out in this
video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHyRXijlpKI  
Learn more about The Science Barge at
http://www.groundworkhv.org/programs/environmental-education/science-barge/. 
The Barge, docked just north of the Yonkers Pier, grows fresh
produce, including tomatoes, melons, greens and lettuce, with no net
carbon emissions, pesticides or water runoff. Solar panels, wind
turbines and biofuels produce the energy to power the buoyant
classroom. 
Con Edison is a corporate sponsor and recently provided $15,000 to
Groundwork Hudson Valley (http://www.groundworkhv.org/), which runs
the Barge.  
"Anyone who visits the Science Barge will be fascinated to see how we
can produce food and energy in such a clean, sustainable way, and the
setting on the river is gorgeous," said Frances A. Resheske, Con
Edison's senior vice president of Public Affairs. "Con Edison is
proud to support this wonderful educational and environmental
program." 
The Barge's greenhouse uses a system called hydroponics, meaning that
the plants get their nutrients through the water, not soil. This is
important, since arable soil is often unavailable in cities. Since
the plants do not need extensive root systems as they would in soil,
they do not need as much space. 
The greenhouse is irrigated by rainwater and purified river water. 
Groundwork Hudson Valley, a nonprofit that is dedicated to
environmental education and neighborhood improvement, acquired the
Science Barge from NY Sun Works, which developed the Barge, in 2007. 
Groundwork donates the food grown on the Barge to a local food
pantry. 
The Science Barge is open for weekday educational programs and field
trips for schools, camps, and other groups through early November.
Programs range from one to three hours and cost $125 to $400. Anyone
interested in booking can call 914-375-2151 or e-mail
sciencebarge@groundworkhv.org. 
For weekend walk-ons, there is a $3 suggested donation. Children 10
years old and younger get on for free.  
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED),
one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with
approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in
assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more
than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New
York.  
Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York
City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain
communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support
the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con
Edison's 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region's
vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to
support education by utilizing the company's matching gifts program.  
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