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The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Phase II: Connecting Schools to Coastal Communities

Funding: 
$231,987
Year: 
2020

With a three-year $450,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and partners will implement Phase II of a climate and resilience education program, The Resilient Schools Consortium: Connecting Schools to Coastal Communities. Building on the previously funded Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Program, (2016 - 2019), NWF will work with 200 students and 10 teachers from eight New York City Department of Education public schools.

With a three-year $450,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and partners will implement Phase II of a climate and resilience education program, The Resilient Schools Consortium: Connecting Schools to Coastal Communities. Building on the previously funded Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Program, (2016 - 2019), NWF will work with 200 students and 10 teachers from eight New York City Department of Education public schools. The students will adopt-a-shoreline in Coney Island, Brooklyn - a frontline community battered by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and threatened by sea level rise, coastal erosion, and inequitable exposures to flooding. Through field trips to local beaches, community engagement events, dune plantings, and public art installations, this project will connect students – who live or attend school in Coney Island - to residents and community partners. Together, they will increase their awareness of future climate impacts and develop strategies for building climate resilience and equitable adaptation to sea level rise. The Phase 1 RiSC curriculum for grades 6-12, designed by NYC STEM teachers, will be streamlined into a one-year product focused on coastal hazards, natural and built solutions that increase ecological resilience, and civic participation. Adaptable by schools in other coastal communities, the curriculum will continue to offer a strong foundation in climate science. Complete with user-friendly slide decks, handouts, and direct links to NOAA resources and digital tools, it will guide teachers and students through project-based activities during the school year. Key program partners, New York Sea Grant, and American Littoral Society (ALS), and advisors from the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB) will provide community science expertise and lead shoreline ecology field trips. An “Adopt-a-Shoreline Field Trip Guide” will help students monitor the shoreline. ALS will lead professional development workshops for teachers and dune-planting activities that will increase shoreline resilience. The Coney Island Beautification Project, a core community partner, will lead public engagement and outreach, and recruit residents with historical knowledge of local weather events for student interviews. Students will build sea level rise markers and install them in suitable public spaces. Culminating Open Houses will bring Coney Islanders together to view student work and provide a platform to discuss flood risks and solutions. Knology will evaluate the project’s impact.

Competition: 2020: ELG for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Hazards
Award Number: 
NA20SEC0080005
Grant Dates: 
10/01/2020 to 09/30/2023
PI: 
Emily Fano
State: New York   County: New York   District: NY10 
Partners:   National Sea Grant College Program / New York Sea Grant College Program, New York City Public Schools / John Dewey High School, New York City Public Schools / Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies, New York City Public Schools / IS 228 David A. Boody, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI@JB), New York City Public Schools / J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget, New York City Public Schools / J.H.S. 223 The Montauk, New York City Public Schools / P.S. 288 the Shirley Tanyhill, New York City Public Schools / Abraham Lincoln High School, New York City Public Schools / I.S. 303 Herbert S. Eisenburg, Regional Plan Association, Coney Island Beatification Project, Inc. American Littoral Society