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Recent News and Updates

Congratulations to the 31 winners of our Climate Action Challenge!

This inaugural program was designed to encourage all NYC Public Schools to build school-wide and long-lasting climate action projects and give sustainability superstar schools some recognition!

Schools had to participate with rigor in all 4 Climate Action Days AND demonstrate impactful projects in four other climate action categories.

Each winning school won $2,500 for a climate action project next school year. Click here to see the list of all the winning schools!

Reduce End of Year Waste 

Have extra supplies to clean out? Don’t throw them out! We’re partnering with Materials for the Arts (MFTA) on two ways to keep classroom supplies out of landfills:

Host Your Own Classroom Supply Swap

Have your own supply swap at your school to trade excess supplies with your colleagues. This is a great option you can put together with your colleagues or PA/PTA.

Donate Classroom Supplies to Materials for the Arts (MFTA)

Come to MFTA’s warehouse in Long Island City to donate excess supplies. 

*On Thursday, June 20, you can also come shop MFTA’s Reuse Center!

Learn more about reducing end of year waste!

Congratulations to the winners of the plastic free lunch day artwork contest!

We are absolutely blown away by the 450+ submissions we received from D75 and K-8th grade students for our inaugural Plastic Free Lunch Day Artwork Contest! Each submission was reviewed based on the design's subject relevance, call-to-action/message, overall design, and artwork quality.  

Congratulations to all the winners!

Click here to see all of the winning artwork. 

2022-23 annual report

Our 2022-23 Annual Report is here! The 2022-23 school year was a busy one! We:

We couldn't have done this without our students, staff, families, and partners - thank you! 

Click here to read the full report!

Climate Education in PlaNYC

For the first time, climate education is in NYC’s strategic climate plan! 

Alongside reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our school buildings, PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done formalizes climate education and green workforce training goals. 

Key commitments include: 

NYC Public Schools are also expanding green workforce education, with a focus on climate sustainability, resilience, and the green economy.

We owe our Climate Education Leadership Team gratitude - this group of educators directly contributed to these goals!

We could not do it without our partner organizations, and our partnerships within NYC Public Schools and other City agencies! 

Access the full PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done, and check PDF pages 59-60 and 64 for climate education commitments.

PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done cover image. Background photo of Jamaica Bay.