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NYC DoE Holds First Climate Summit

Teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Educators from across the DOE participated in the first NYC DOE Climate Summit at the NY Hall of Science in Queens, NY. The Summit was organized by the Office of Sustainability, Solar One, and the Climate and Urban Systems Partnership in an effort to profile the diversity of climate change and how it relates to a variety of school activities and curriculum.

Activities in the two Round Robin sessions included mapping visualizations, climate themed simulations and games, school climate risk assessments, data analysis, health impacts, and climate advocacy.

The Summit featured keynote speaker, Elizabeth Yeampierre. Ms. Yeampierre is a lawyer, environmental activist, and the Executive Director of UPROSE, a Brooklyn based organization that focuses on sustainability and resiliency efforts through community organizing and education.  Ms. Yeampierre spoke about the importance of getting communities of color involved in the environmental cause and supporting students so their voices are heard.

Over eighty educators participated in two ‘Round Robin’ sessions which allowed each participate to engage with every partner organization on a variety of climate-related topics. Click here for a list of the partner organizations and Round Robin descriptions.