The Sustainability Office works closely with the
New York City
Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) Office of Education. DEP provides K-12 students and teachers with a wide range of free programs and resources about the City’s vital water supply, wastewater treatment systems, sound and noise quality, and other environmental concerns
. To schedule a visit for your school or class to the Visitor Center, please download and fill out this
education outreach request form
and email it to
. Visit the
for fun programs, field trips, and funding opportunities.
NYC Toilet Replacement Program
Since 2012, DOE and DEP have partnered to install new, high efficiency water-efficient fixtures in the bathrooms of 500 City schools. The retrofit program began as a pilot in 2012 at Hillcrest and Bayside High Schools in Queens, where the installation of 350 high efficiency toilets and urinals has been completed. Starting in Summer 2013, DOE has been working in 23 additional schools to install high efficiency bathroom fixtures, and retrofits at 500 schools are scheduled to be completed by 2018. Overall, the project will upgrade nearly 40,000 bathroom fixtures and is projected to reduce citywide water consumption by approximately four million gallons per day. The approximately $31 million retrofit project is being funded by DEP. Press Release
The water conservation project is part of New York City’s Water for the Future Program, a $2.1 billion initiative to ensure clean, reliable, and safe drinking water for nine million New Yorkers for decades to come. As part of the Program, DEP will repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct that supplies roughly half of the city’s daily drinking water needs. In order to make repairs to the Aqueduct, the tunnel must be temporarily shut down between 2020 and 2021. In addition to supplementing the city’s water supply during the shutdown, DEP aims to reduce citywide water consumption by five percent through conservation programs.
DEP also offers free materials and educational tools. Below are free activities for your school and students:
2014 Water Resources Art & Poetry ContestThe New York City Department of Environmental Protection will soon announce the annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. This special program gives students from New York City and the NYC Watersheds a chance to creatively express their understanding of our shared water resources. Learn more
Trout in the Classroom Learn about this great way to engage your students in the study of the New York City water supply system. Help raise trout from eggs in your own classroom and release them into watershed streams in the springtime. Learn more
Newtown Creek Nature WalkExplore the first public waterfront access to Newtown Creek to learn about wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, and the history of New York City. Located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, this quarter-mile nature walk offers stunning views of New York City and the local industrial landscape. Learn more
U.S. EPA's WaterSense ProgramThe United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense Program's mission is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. Use their tools to increase knowledge on water resources, calculate water consumption, and other games for kids and teachers at EPA WaterSense Kids.