The Cooper Union's academic buildings were closed last evening, March 26, due to a fire in the neighborhood. Updates are being posted here. We will post information concerning today's classes on the home page early this morning.


Chapter 3: Energy Production

Coal energy accounts for 40% of electricity generation in America. Burning coal releases carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas. Of all U.S. sources, coal currently accounts for a disproportionately large 80% of emissions released by electricity generation.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.