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ACE New York has reached more than 43,000 students and is currently working with 68 Action Teams.
Former Atlanta Educator Lonna and native New Yorker recently moved back to NYC and is continuing to rock ACE Assemblies in her home city. Before ACE, Lonna was in Houston, Texas with Teach for America. Lonna is joined by newbie Mayaan, who's had a passion for the environment since childhood. Before ACE, Mayaan worked as a high mountain hut naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and was an intern at EarthWalk Vermont.
What’s your favorite part about working in New York?
Inspiring youth from diverse backgrounds on topics such as climate science, green technology, and waste reduction; then connecting them to businesses, community organizations and non-profits that help them grow as leaders.
What’s the most inspiring student project you’ve worked on in New York?
We’ve been so inspired by how many students have started climate action teams at their schools right after our presentations! NY/NJ Action Team projects have included school gardens, recycling programs, locker-clean-out days and award winning environmental song writing! One highlight was when students from E.R. Murrow High School participated in the historic Hands Across the Sand event to say no to offshore drilling and yes to clean energy, see video here.
What’s a fun fact about the New York team?
We rely almost exclusively on public transportation to get to our presentations! And when we do drive, we use a Zipcar.
What are some student stories and blogs?
A student leader from Thomas Jefferson Campus High School in blogs about the garden their Action Team planted in Brooklyn.
Students at World Journalism Prepatory School blog amping up their school's recylcing program.
Check out more blogst at Hot and Bothered.
What are New York Action Teams up to? How are they doing?
Region Specific Climate info
Learn more about the specific impacts of climate change in New York
- Extreme heat and declining air quality are likely to pose increasing problems for human health, especially in urban areas. Cities that currently experience just a few days above 100°F each summer would average 20 such days per summer. And remember, energy demand increases during heat-waves, so even if you have an air conditioner, the city might not have enough power to turn it on. Look up “the Northeast blackout of 2003.
- Severe flooding due to sea-level rise and heavy downpours is likely to occur more frequently. Remember that much of New York is built on islands, and that large areas of New Jersey rest near the coast.
- Agricultural production, including dairy, fruit and maple syrup, are likely to be adversely affected as favorable climates shift. Large portions of the Northeast are likely to become unsuitable for growing popular varieties of apples and other fruit. Would we then have to stop calling New York the “the Big Apple”?