Community Offshore Wind Provides STEM Field Trips and Offshore Wind Education for 125 Brooklyn and Long Island Students During National Engineers Week

  • During National Engineers Week, Community Offshore Wind funded field trips for 65 students from disadvantaged communities in Brooklyn and Long Island to science museums
  • Community Offshore Wind staff visited Brooklyn schools to provide lessons on offshore wind and renewable energy
  • By educating Brooklyn students about offshore wind and STEM subjects, the developer is helping build the future offshore wind workforce

New York, NY – 21 February 2024

Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture of RWE and National Grid Ventures, marked National Engineers Week by partnering with local schools to cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics among students in disadvantaged communities. National Engineers Week, held every February, is a series of national events to promote awareness of the engineering profession and increase interest in engineering and technology careers.

Community Offshore Wind funded field trips for 65 students, in three local community centers to museums across New York City and Long Island, including:

  • From Red Hook Initiative to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History;
  • From the Joseph Miccio Community Center to the New York Aquarium;
  • And from the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center to the Long Island Children’s Museum.

Members of the Community Offshore Wind team also visited schools in Brooklyn, including PS 676 Harbor Middle School and the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, to speak with sixth graders and high school students about clean energy, offshore wind, and future career opportunities in renewable energy.

As part of their provisionally awarded project, Community Offshore Wind is expected to create more than 800 jobs in STEM-related fields across New York. Building interest in STEM and educating students about future careers is critical to prepare them for jobs in offshore wind and other clean energy industries. To this end, Community Offshore Wind will invest $41 million in economic development initiatives, including a $100,000 investment in STEM and environmental education programs to prepare the offshore wind workforce of the future.

“Offshore wind, and the clean energy industry more broadly, will bring good jobs to New York. We need to introduce students to STEM early to spark a love of science and put them on the path to careers in clean energy,” said Doug Perkins, President and Project Director of Community Offshore Wind. “These fields trips and school visits are just one of the many ways we are working together with our community partners in Brooklyn and across the state to ensure New Yorkers have the skills necessary to seize the opportunities that offshore wind creates.

“It’s encouraging to see a developer like Community Offshore Wind share our focus on inspiring younger generations and exposing them to new career pathways,” said Lynn Shon, a STEAM teacher at the New York Harbor Middle School. “Our students know what offshore wind is, but not necessarily how many careers exist within offshore wind and STEM fields. With Community Offshore Wind, we are giving them access to opportunities they can pursue.”

During Engineers Week in 2023, Community Offshore Wind sent 75 students from communities in downstate New York to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum; Long Island Children’s Museum; and New York Hall of Science. The field trips were provided through partnerships with Red Hook Initiative, Good Shepherd Services at the Joseph Miccio Community Center, and the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center.

In addition to funding these field trips, Community Offshore Wind committed $11 million to a partnership with the YMCA to provide free swimming lessons to 100,000 children, and $10 million to provide childcare financial assistance for the future offshore wind workforce in partnership with the United Way of New York State.

Community Offshore Wind was provisionally awarded an offtake contract in October of 2023 to bring 1.3 GW of wind energy to New York as a part of New York’s third offshore wind solicitation. This project, which will connect to the power grid in Brooklyn, will deliver clean energy to power at least 500,000 homes and generate $3.3 billion in incremental economic benefits.

For further inquiries:

Community Offshore Wind
Will Brunelle
Communications Manager
National Grid Ventures
M. +1 518-948-8964

About Community Offshore Wind

RWE and National Grid, will bring clean energy to the Northeastern US in a joint venture called Community Offshore Wind. They will develop offshore wind on the largest parcel in the New York Bight with the potential to host 3 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, which is enough to power more than one million US homes and businesses. The project is expected to be in operation by the end of 2030. Community Offshore Wind is dedicated to investing in communities by bringing clean energy jobs to the region and growing the local economy. They will deliver sustainable energy safely, reliably, and efficiently to the communities they serve.

About RWE

RWE is leading the way to a green energy world. With its investment and growth strategy Growing Green, RWE is contributing significantly to the success of the energy transition and the decarbonization of the energy system. Around 20,000 employees work for the company in almost 30 countries worldwide. RWE is already one of the leading companies in the field of renewable energy. Between 2024 and 2030, RWE will invest 55 billion euros worldwide in offshore and onshore wind, solar energy, batteries, flexible generation, and hydrogen projects. By the end of the decade, the company’s green portfolio will grow to more than 65 gigawatts of generation capacity, which will be perfectly complemented by global energy trading. RWE is decarbonizing its business in line with the 1.5-degree reduction pathway and will phase out coal by 2030. RWE will be net-zero by 2040. Fully in line with the company’s purpose - Our energy for a sustainable life.

National Grid Ventures

National Grid is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people throughout our networks in New York and Massachusetts. National Grid is focused on building a path to a more affordable, reliable clean energy future through our fossil-free vision.

National Grid Ventures (NGV) is the non-regulated division of National Grid plc, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. NGV operates outside of National Grid’s core regulated businesses in the US and UK where it develops, operates and invests in energy projects, technologies and partnerships to accelerate the development of a clean energy future. NGV’s diverse portfolio of low carbon and renewable energy businesses across the UK, Europe and US includes subsea electricity interconnectors, wind and solar power, and battery storage. For more information, visit

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