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Five Innovative Sustainability Projects



This latest investment lays the groundwork for larger projects to come and builds upon The Exchange’s commitment to supporting community organizations and promoting sustainability in New York City


New York, NY – The New York Climate Exchange, a first-of-its-kind organization working to implement innovative climate solutions in New York City and across the globe, today announced that they have invested in five climate-centered community projects across New York City as part of their pilot Amplifying Meaningful Partnerships (AMP) Grant program, which was launched in Fall 2023.


The pilot AMP Grant program supported community-based programming in line with The Exchange’s mission and in furtherance of sustainability goals in New York City. Grants were prioritized for projects that encourage collaboration among The Exchange’s partners, address environmental justice issues, increase climate engagement and literacy, expand the capacity of existing relevant programming, and have a measurable and sustainable impact. Grants were made available to five of The Exchange’s community-based partners to support programming that would be run through those organizations and take effect within the communities they serve. As a pilot, the program aimed to jumpstart future collaborative community-based projects with partners and other stakeholders in New York City.


“The projects proposed by these grantees represent the range of programming The Exchange will support. From local projects like these across NYC to global initiatives we will undertake in the near future, we are identifying and executing climate solutions that will have a positive and measurable impact on our city and the world,” said Dr. Stephen Hammer, CEO of The New York Climate Exchange. “The five awarded organizations have demonstrated a commitment to tackling pressing climate issues and supporting critical climate education in their communities, and these grants are one of many ways The Exchange can support their efforts. I congratulate this round of grantees and look forward to watching these projects come to fruition.”


The five awarded partners and projects are:


  • The Waterfront Alliance, “Career Pathways for Emerging Climate Leaders” in partnership with the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, to create a program where students at the Harbor School, after completing a Waterfront Alliance led WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) Professionals Course, will undertake a capstone project. Students will choose a real-life waterfront development to study and will write a memo based on their analysis of the data collected and present their findings.


  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, “Climate Justice & Arts Symposium Planning and Design,” to support the planning process for LMCC’s Fall 2024 Climate Justice & Arts Symposium at The Arts Center at Governors Island. The 200-person Fall Symposium will unite New York-based artists who bridge their creative practices with scientific research, activists, scientists, and community organizers in crucial conversation about climate justice.


  • Educational Alliance and the Climate Museum, “Museum Learning for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Climate Action,” provided engaging, arts-based climate education programs for underserved youth attending Lower East Side public schools. Through tours of the Climate Museum’s exhibition, THE END OF FOSSIL FUEL, students learned about the intertwined climate and inequality crises, the meaning of climate justice, and the related victories that activists have achieved over the years. At the end of each tour, students learned about the importance of climate action and wrote postcards to Mayor Adams about their lived experiences and climate priorities.


  • Earth Matter NY, “University Field Days at Earth Matter” in partnership with Pratt Institute and New York University, to organize hands-on composting education on Governors Island for 200 university students and their professors and to identify and deliver 8 sessions of hands-on, outdoor instruction that complement each class’s course topic. Earth Matter will deliver content that supports green space stewardship and zero waste practices such as compost basics, soil amendments, spring season farm bed preparation, seed starting, propagation, transplanting carpentry, soil science, and animal care.


  • Solar One, “Solar Power Rainwater Irrigation Project” in partnership with The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, will promote training and hands-on experience with solar-powered irrigation systems for a class of Harbor School seniors. As a capstone project, students will build a solar-powered irrigation system that feeds off a rainwater catchment barrel, dispersing well over 2000 gallons of water for their school farm. This system will have a lasting impact at the school and move the facility closer to achieving its sustainability goals while serving as a model for other similar spaces.


The five projects supported by the pilot AMP Grant program will further The Exchange’s mission to build a resilient and sustainable city that fights against climate change with thoughtful and effective solutions.


Grants build upon the recent work of The New York Climate Exchange following the announcement of their founding CEO, Dr. Stephen Hammer. This year, The Exchange was featured in Bloomberg CityLab and Newsday discussing their historic transformation of Governors Island. They have also openly supported the Mayor’s ambitious Green Economy Action Plan, and quickly woven themselves into the fabric of New York’s climate action network. This all comes as an urgent demand for climate solutions becomes increasingly clear. A recent report finds that sea levels surrounding New York City could rise by as much as 13 inches in the 2030, while record rainfall this past September brought to light the cracks in the city’s infrastructure that will only grow more exposed as the climate crisis accelerates.


About The New York Climate Exchange

The New York Climate Exchange (“The Exchange”) is a first-of-its-kind global hub advancing climate action at the local, national, and global level. Powered by its strong partnerships and future home on Governors Island, The Exchange leverages the collective power of education, research, workforce development, policy development, and public programming to prepare communities locally and abroad to respond to climate challenges.