- NY Sun Works has been awarded a climate grant from CIV:LAB to support climate education and sustainability programming in its partner schools.
- The grant will also help expand the organization’s urban agriculture workforce development program at two high schools.
- NY Sun Works aims to make climate education and workforce development accessible to young urban farmers in New York City.
- CIV:LAB is an innovative grantmaking network that supports local climate initiatives, including education and workforce development.
- The grant will help NY Sun Works maintain its state-of-the-art hydroponic farm classrooms and bring the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) certification program to more students.
NY Sun Works, a non-profit organization focused on climate education and sustainability, announced that it has received its first climate grant from CIV:LAB. The grant aims to support the organization’s existing climate education and sustainability programs in partner schools across New York City’s boroughs. It will also facilitate the expansion of NY Sun Works’ urban agriculture workforce development program at two high schools.
Commitment to Climate Education
“We are honored to receive this prestigious CIV:LAB grant that recognizes our commitment to make climate education and workforce development programs accessible to thousands of our city’s young urban farmers,” said Manuela Zamora, NY Sun Works Executive Director. The grant will enhance the organization’s efforts to enrich science curricula and create STEM career pathways, empowering a new generation of environmental innovators to address the climate crisis.
CIV:LAB is a grantmaking network that channels global funds directly to local climate initiatives. The organization provides unrestricted grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to New York City non-profits, NGOs, community-based organizations, government programs, academic programs, and early-stage startups. “The CIV:LAB Climate Fund is extremely proud to support NY Sun Works in its mission to bring hands-on environmental science education and green workforce readiness training to under-resourced public schools in New York City,” said Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri, CIV:LAB Executive Director.
Impact and Reach
As of the 2022-2023 school year, the organization has reached over 120,000 students in more than 300 schools across New York City. The organization delivers year-round, inquiry-based K-12 science and sustainability education through the lens of urban farming. The new grant will help maintain the operation of state-of-the-art hydroponic farm classrooms and expand the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) certification program to more high school students.
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