The Museum understands that part of tikkun olam (repair of the world) means making sure there's a world left to repair in the coming generations. At the end of September, MJH participated in the NYC Energy Curtailment Program during a peak hour of energy usage for the city. What this means is that we were entirely reliant upon the Museum's generator power to save as much energy as possible; our system operated flawlessly. As a result, the City will access the amount of energy saved and will compensate the winning organization with monetary compensation. We're not sure whether we have "won" this year (as we did last year... not that we brag...) but regardless of the end result, we're happy to do our part in keeping New York (and the planet) beautiful.
Pictured above, you will see the Museum's solar panel system which further illustrates our commitment to environmental tikkun olam. I have been fortunate enough to have been up to our roof to see these blue beauties (made of recycled computer chips) up close. Not only do they help provide the Museum with renewable energy (about 44,000 kWh/year), but it makes for what director David Marwell calls "the most beautiful roof in New York." While we cannot run exclusively on solar power, we're very proud to be among the institutions which support this technology as it continues to grow and improve. We hope to lead by example.