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We could not do it without the help of our fantastic partners. These organizations provide a wide range of specialized information, resources, and training to help you make your school the greenest it can be.
If you're looking for a place for your green team to volunteer or want to check out community-based organizations that have environmental purpose in the community, check out these organizations:
ACE- Alliance For Climate Education
is an award winning national non-profit organization dedicated to educating high school students about climate change. The Alliance for Climate Education does this by offering teaching resources, encouraging schools to create action teams and providing action fellowships. For more Information
is dedicated to fighting the devastating effects of poverty. This is done through the use of education awareness programs offered in schools and many organizations. A special emphasis is also placed on the environmental programs and self-sustainability. In an effort to promote the true meaning of reuse, reduce, and recycle, Barefoot Foundation collects new and used clothes, shoes and toys to redistribute and donate to people in need.
Bike New York
main mission is to facilitate and promote cycling as a green and healthy compliment to the lives of New Yorkers. Bike New York offers free bike riding classes for all ages, informational assemblies and after school programs. Bike New York also host to annual bike riding competitions and other engaging events.
mission is to educate through the Arts and Action Cafeteria Program and Waste Reduction Program through innovative ways such as local composting, tray less Tuesdays and garbage volume reduction. CafCu also engages students by working together to create giant puppets, container messages and many other ways to promote eco-literacy.
Captain Planet Foundation
aims to provide an active understanding of the natural world to students. Captain Planet Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects in schools and communities. Captain Planet Foundation "Planeteer Clubs" help students implement programs that save schools money on energy, water and waste, while implementing clean-air measures.
Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation
"CELF" is a not-for-profit organization, working with public and private K-12 schools. Its mission is to make Education for Sustainability (EfS) an integral part of every school's curricula and culture, to prepare students to be active and responsible citizens of a sustainable world. CELF offers on-site training, one on one consulting, and participant schools participate in Flexible Professional Learning and many more. Contact
or call (914) 238-4783 for more information.
is committed to raising the quality of K- 8 science education and supporting environmental stewardship. By using the natural and built environments of cities as laboratories for active learning, we transform teaching to make science relevant and engaging for students through after school programs, STEM coaching for classroom teachers and staff work.
NYC Compost Project offers compost- related workshops and classes, runs the Master Compost Certificate Program, develops urban farms, and conducts outreach at public events throughout all five boroughs. NYC Compost Project also works in collaboration with a host of other organizations to provide New Yorkers with knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to make use of compost on a daily basis.
CUNY Building Performance Lab
offers a wide variety of training for CUNY interns, building managers, and other certificate programs. emphasis is placed on greening commercial properties by promoting advance building system technologies, and long term workforce development.
Department of Environmental Conservation
conserves, improves and protects New York's natural resources and environment. DEC provide educational camps for children 11-17, host environmental education trails as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Each center has interpretive trails, exhibit areas and meeting rooms. Educational Classes for students include guided field trips through diverse habitats.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
office of Education provides K-12 students and teachers with a wide range of free programs and resources about New York City's vital water supply and waste-water treatment systems, sound and noise quality and other environmental concerns. Education Programs such as DEP's Annual Water Resource Art and Poetry Contest, field trips and many more are offered in addition to educational resources for teaching, training and funding opportunities. For more information contact
NYC DEP Education Office
Department of Sanitation New York City
(DSNY) is the world's largest sanitation department collecting over 10,500 tons of residential and institutional refuse and 1,760 tons of recyclables a day. The City's businesses, whose waste is collected by private carting companies, generate another 13,000 tons of refuse each day.
Earth Day New York
promotes environmental awareness and solutions through partners with schools, community organizations, businesses and governments. One of their goals includes providing interactive teaching resources that can be used in any climate throughout the year for students to become engaged and excited about healthy foods and gardening.
Edible School Yard NYC
promotes hands-on learning in school gardens and kitchen classrooms, allowing students to gain the knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices. Through workshops and observation opportunities at demonstration schools, Edible Schoolyard NYC provides professional development and curriculum support to help schools establish and improve garden and kitchen programs.
a nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development- works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. Global Kids Inc. offer leadership engagement , creative action, digital media, college preparation and youth travel programs for middle and high school students.
Green City Challenge
mission is to educate New Yorkers about ways to live, work and eat green. This is done by creating unique, educational, fun games and challenges about sustainability. Games and challenges are targeted towards middle and high schools for one day assemblies, classroom activities or after school programs. For more information contact
or call 718-530-5074.
is powered by high school and college students and aims at developing environmental problem solvers. This is done through grant making, training and mentors programs. Each year, Greening Forward funds thousands of youth-driven and youth-imagined environmental projects in communities across the United States. Projects focus on issues ranging from water quality, renewable energy, wildlife conservation, plastics pollution, and more.
Green Bronx Machine
is dedicated to changing minuets and landscapes while harvesting hope and cultivating opportunities inclusively for all of America. They offer services such as Educational consulting, urban green-scaping, urban agriculture, urban landscape, economic development and community enrichment.
Green Schools Alliance
mission is to connect and empower students from Pre K-12 in schools worldwide. This is done to create leaders to transform and cultivate a global sustainability culture. Green Schools Alliance envisions a healthy, abundant, equitable, ecological diverse world through a community of schools.
is a hands- on environmental non-profit organization with multiple programs aimed at helping to make New York City the most sustainable and livable city in the world. More gardens, greenmarkets, more recycling and education for all. For more information about
Grow NYC's Environmental Education Program
, and contact
Greenmarket Seed to Plate Curriculum.
Grow NYC Recycling Champions
programs works directly with educators, students, staff and parents to develop model recycling programs at New York City public schools. Through RCP's partnership with NYC Departments of Education and Sanitation, we provide schools across the city access to tools and resources that can help make recycling a part of every school day. Visit
to register for workshops and download resources.
Grow to Learn NYC
is the Citywide School Gardens Initiative and works to connect elementary, middle, and high schools in New York City to the Resources that they need to build, sustain, and grow school gardens. Grow to Learn NYC maintains a free registration database of school gardens in all five boroughs. Apply for mini grants and learn how to get registered with Grow to Learn NYC by visiting
mission is to work in the classrooms and schools to help children discover how they can positively impact the planet by engaging their parents, family, friends and neighbors in small simple actions. Junior Energy provide teaching resources, fun activities and resources for schools to implement sustainability programs.
Leave it Better
is a youth empowerment program working in collaboration with schools throughout the city. Leave it better aim is to educate youth about composting, planting, harvesting, gardening and other tangible agricultural practices to promote sustainability within their communities, homes and schools.
Million Trees NYC
one of PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide public and private program with an ambitious goal. This goal is to plant and care for one million trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade.
National Wildlife Federation
is the U.S host of the international Eco-Schools program.
NWF Eco-Schools USA
is a free K-12 program that help schools become more environmentally aware while enhancing student academic achievement and saving money. Eco schools works with teachers, Sustainability Coordinators, non-profit partners and city agencies to help green NYC schools.
Grants and funding
for projects are offered annually.
FREE Teacher workshops
and sustainability coordinator trainings are also offered. For more information Contact
NY Sun Works
is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Through their Greenhouse Project Initiative they use hydroponic and aquaponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. NY Sun Works also offers K-12th grade hands-on and project-based curriculum as well as Professional Development for all educators. They envision a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges.
is a sustainability and environmental science education organization based in NYC. Solar One offers 4th-12th grade programming including professional development training for teachers, in-depth STEM curriculum, and hands on programming for students in the classroom. To learn more, please visit
Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy
The Greenbelt Conservancy works in conjunction with New York City Parks to provide high-quality experiential environmental education programs for students and members of the public. Programs are offered year-round on a variety of environmental topics, and are tailored to core the curriculum concepts using age- appropriate concepts and methods.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Central Park, Prospect Park, Queens Zoo are apart of educational programs for children of all ages offered by Wildlife Conservation Society. To register or enroll in a program
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