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 community members, resilience practitioners and decision makers in NYC.
The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) (2020-2023) is expanding from five to eight schools and will connect students - who live or attend school in Coney Island - to residents and community partners there, including the Coney Island Beautification Project. Through a series of field-based activities from an adapted RiSC curriculum, students will increase their awareness of future climate impacts and - with residents and partners - explore strategies for building climate resilience and equitable adaptation to sea level rise. Read more here.
Through boat trips in New York Harbor, tree planting, and dune planting, the Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) (2019-2020) engaged students in learning about and taking action to mitigate coastal flooding and extreme heat in their communities. It also helped them to understand the critical links between climate justice and climate resilience. Partners included BioBoat, the American Littoral Society, Trees New York, Kid Power Academy, and Huffman Studio, Inc. Read more here.
The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) (2016-2019) was 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 partners and most of the original schools have remained with the program. Read more about RiSC here.
The RiSC program is currently funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).