The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) 1.0 (2016-2019) is a partnership between Brooklyn College, the National Wildlife Federation, the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, New York Sea Grant, and six NYC Department of Education public schools.
The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) (2019-2020) is being managed by the National Wildlife Federation in partner-ship with five NYC Department of Education public schools, BioBoat, the American Littoral Society, Trees New York, Kid Power Academy, and Huffman Studio, Inc.
The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) (2020-2023) will expand to eight schools and will connect students - who live or attend school in Coney Island - to residents and community partners there. Together, and through a series of field-based activities from an adapted RiSC curriculum, they will increase their awareness of future climate impacts and increase community resilience. Read more here.
The aim of the RiSC program and curriculum is to educate youth in NYC schools about climate change science and climate impacts, as well as natural and built solutions that increase climate resiliency. RiSC engages students in knowledge-sharing through a variety of communication campaigns and provides access to hands-on projects - like tree planting and dune restoration - that mitigate the impacts of extreme weather. The program also creates opportunities for meaningful interactions with resilience practitioners and decision makers in NYC.
The RiSC program is currently funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).