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 RiSC program, which launched in 2016, is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) 2.0 (2019-2020) is being managed by the National Wildlife Federation with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in partnership with five NYC Department of Education public schools, BioBoat, the American Littoral Society, Trees New York, Kid Power Academy, and Huffman Studio, Inc.
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.