I love supporting an organization that has the ability to change the future of so many children through education. Sun Works’s hands on approach makes learning science and learning about sustainability and nutrition fun and meaningful.
It is my hope that they keep growing and expanding their program to many more schools.
Sunworks is impactful for kids and communities in the short term, but more importantly, in the long term by instilling in the next generation the knowledge and impact that they can have on their community and the planet. To see the excitement and joy that the kids experience as they learn about science and sustainability gives us hope for the future.
NY Sunworks have delivered projects on time and have been very detailed in their project reports and requirements. We have had a pleasant work experience with them.
I was lucky to have a Greenhouse Project classroom in my school. The program allowed me to learn about science and sustainability from 2nd to 8th grade. My favorite system was the aquaponic tank or fish farm. While the program was about STEM with a focus on environmental science, we also learned about climate change, food systems, and other related topics, but most importantly, we learned how we can make a difference in the sustainability of our planet.
I have been collaborating with the NY Sun Works since February 2019 and I can assure that it has been a truly rewarding experience so far. It has given me the amazing opportunity to see the direct effect of the programs on children in expanding their scope of education to include environmental matters in their interests. In an era where there is significant apathy towards larger matters affecting the globe, it is tremendously rewarding to see children and teenagers learning to become passionate about climate change and other global risks.
I always learn something new and exciting at the PDs. Love NY Sunworks.
Chancellor’s Day PD at PS199 was incredible! Hands on learning from Amber Carlin-Mishkin and JoEllen Schuleman made hydroponics come alive! NYSunworks thank you for this stellar day of learning.
I've been working with NY Sunworks for 4 years now. Every workshop is informative and hands-on. The staff is knowledgeable and professional. They are a true inspiration to urban farming!!
This is a wonderful addition to our school and has helped our students and community.
Students enjoy learning with their innovative labs!
NY Sunworks has helped to elevate my school in ways we will benefit from for years to come. P.S. 14 is one of the most socioeconomically challenged schools in the borough of Queens. We could not raise the money for a hydroponics lab within our community so NYSunworks found us a donor that not only provided the capital for the project, but, came to be part of the hydroponics systems installation.
Every time my students enter the science lab, their eyes light up with wonder and I know that something powerful is being sparked within them that wasn't there before.
Furthermore, with the ongoing support that NYSunworks staff is giving us, I know that we will soon be providing our school community with fresh, healthy produce and the skills they need to grow their own food at home.
We are extremely grateful that this organization exists and that we are a part of the life changing work that they do.
I am a supporter of this organization for their wondeful work at public schools teaching youth about what really matters in the 21st century: science and climate education.
NY sun works is an org I'm incredibly proud to support. Throughout the years, they've been able to bring alternative thinking to a one size fits all education for public schools in NYC that's really changing the way kids interact with their own studies. It was incredible to see the effects of that at last year's benefit, where 2 of the most brilliant kids I'd ever met came on stage to talk about how learning in a greenhouse had given newfound enthusiasm to their classroom's view of science. Looking forward to them inevitably expanding to new frontiers!!!
A great organization that's committed to providing NYC youth with the tools they will need for a productive future. In a city where we can easily feel disconnected from the natural environment, they teach kids the importance of our natural world in ways that are truly engaging.
My company has a charitable giving program so our group wanted to find a cause to support. I searched the internet and came upon the New York Sunworks organization.
This non-profit helps mostly urban schools develop a program to teach students about hydroponic farming technology. I thought what a great program - teaching kids/young adults science and sustainability through hands-on experience.
Since then, we received approval to support the program, volunteered to help build the lab, and attended the Youth Conference, which was inspiring to see so many students going up on stage to present their experiments, findings, and learnings.
We will continue to support Sunworks for as along a we can. It has been a great rewarding and educational experience for us as well. Well done, everyone at Sunworks!
I've really enjoyed working with New York Sun Works. They helped us design and build a new hydroponics lab at our school. This took a lot of coordinating and communicating with the School Construction Authority and would probably have overwhelmed me with my teaching load. The final result is beautiful. Now that the school year has begun they are so supportive in terms of helping to anticipate what supplies we need and training a cohort of teachers each week. As a teacher, doing this type of hands-on work is so much easier with their support. Our students are already planting seeds and excited for their first harvest.
One thing that I really appreciate about NY Sunworks is their commitment to the environment. Students are not just learning about plants, but about energy, water, waste, food justice, etc. This is what we strive for at City-As-School; interdisciplinary, real-world learning and NY Sunworks has helped us provide that for our students!
NY Sun Works has been our partner for several years. They assisted us in running hydroponics based professional development and now they support us in our greenhouse hydroponic systems. The whole team is very accessible and is a pleasure to work with. No question is too big or too small. Our center really enjoys this partnership with NY Sun Works.
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Last year, I joined the NY SunWorks family as a Hydroponic Lab Instructor. My school, The Benjamin Franklin Magnet School, opened it's doors to a new way of learning and a new way of seeing the world thru a student's eyes. It was a joy to teach young urban children who thought that tomatoes were "made" at the grocery store, covered in a cellophane wrapper. To see their eyes widen as gourds and cucumbers grew and hung on the vine. To witness as they explored how fresh lettuce tasted. It was love at first bite. As I go into my second year, I have the pleasure of continuing to be part of a family that believes that every child deserves to know where their food comes from. And believe me, it's not a cellophane wrapper.
My school is in partnership with New York Sun Works and our greenhouse classroom is such an amazing space for learning. My students look forward to science and our time with the hydroponic systems. The GHC is the perfect vehicle to not just make science real, but to cultivate students' interest in being a steward of our planet and making more sustainable choices.
Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical High School began using NY Sunworks two years ago. NY Sunworks has been instrumental in helping us create and expand our Hydroponic Gardens. As a result of our collaboration, students with disabilities have not only learned an invaluable skill set that may serve them well in the 21st century job market, but have also learned the value of self-sustainability and the importance of our role in various environmental issues.
We plan to continue our relationship with this non-profit for years to come and would highly recommend them.
They are fantastic! Responsive, helpful and efficient.
Edward R. Murrow High School's greenhouse was in need of some TLC. We were fortunate to have obtained a new state-of-the art Hydroponics and Aquaponics systems thanks to the diligent work of Ms. Sidsel Robarts and the entire SunWorks staff. Our greenhouse went from a forgotten place to now a place buzzing with students excited to learn about its systems. Students of all levels are looking forward to learning about sustainability and doing research. We could not have possibly done so well without SunWorks guiding us every step of the way .
The attention to detail and countless hours of work that the SunWorks staff invested in to making sure that all systems were working correctly is truly admirable. Dealing with all of our questions and concerns, while reassuring us in every step of the way is very much appreciated. SunWorks also provided us with hands-on and much needed Professional Development. Our teachers are still talking about their presentation, abuzz with ideas on how to use of our wonderful greenhouse. This has inspired them to create innovative lessons and even what maybe the very first high school sustainability curriculum.
Your continued support is very much appreciated. There are no words that can ever express our gratitude towards every single member of the SunWorks staff. Your team is truly amazing! I can not wait to see what the future brings. On behalf of our students and staff, Thank you!
NY Sun Works was a great place to volunteer. I got to build skills doing hydroponics and aquaponics in a way that I had to really understand those systems in order to maintain them. Plus I could take home some fresh greens when in abundance! They also helped fund my cricket project, which incorporated the idea of circulating nutrients within the lab setting by adding insects. Everyone was really greatful that I could volunteer time, plus it was doing something I loved.
I have supported NYSW for a number of years and watched them grow. NYSW is very well organized, and despite all kinds of hurdles and oppositions that non-profits come up against, the determination of this small group of women has been formidable. They now they have 44 greenhouse classrooms installed and 31 more about to be built. What better way to teach children about sustainability, respecting the environment, and responsibility than having a live greenhouse to teach them in.
I have supported NYSW for a number of years because I believe in their mission. I have watched them responsibly grow and reach more and more young people in schools and train teachers. With the Climate Crisis clearly growing and becoming more and more a reality it is the children who will save the planet. NYSW is giving them the education they need and deserve to solve our future environmental problems.
NYSW is the real deal. This organization has grown organically under the leadership of parents, teachers, and scientists, and added more schools and more projects every year since 2008. The impact is large and growing, and the return on investment is phenomenal because of the leverage built into the NYSW model, which uses donor funds to kindle projects but requires each school community to raise additional capital and operational costs. NYSW has a proven model for gathering our scholastic communities together to build better science labs in our schools and more scientific minds in our children.
The Aquaponics module was an exciting exposure to modern ways of sustainably farming all kinds of food including fish. We were tasked to create our own aquaponics systems that thrived in our classrooms. I had a lot of fun seeing how easy it can be to build sustainable growing options while also collaborating with friends.
The Nysunworks youth conference was very interesting. It helped further my knowledge of sustainable solutions to earth's present problems. The students were well researched and spoke of all of the aspects of sustainability. I really enjoyed attending.
los objetivos que tiene esta organización, son sumamente importantes en nuestro tiempo, pero lo que es realmente admirable es el método que han implementado ya que la educación sobre la naturaleza , no debe ser sólo teórica , sino que la práctica diaria y el contacto que los alumnos tienen constantemente con los procesos biologicos y quimicos que se desarrollan en la naturaleza, hacen que esta forme parte del mismo alumno, no como una materia más , sino como parte de la misma vida.
I have been a board member for NYSunworks for around 10 years and this is one of the most impressive non-profits I've come across. First off, this an incredibly frugal organization with an extremely low budget for the number of children it services and the range of its programs. The two directors Manuela Zamora and Sidsel Robards are paid employees of the organization, but the amount of work they put in is more than double for which they are paid. They do this out of passion for the project because they love what they are doing and know they are bringing something special and valuable to the kids. This is one of those few home-run charities: the kids love it so much attendance goes up on the days they have this class (which is an amazing feat for schools that have attendance problems); the children's grades go up an average of one full grade for science; the teachers, principals, and parents love it; the money donated is used effectively and never wasted.
Six years ago my good friend asked me to help with fund raising for an environmental science lab she wanted to build in a local NYC school. It was a totally new idea and we were so proud that we were able to get one funded and built. But we decided that one Greenhouse Project was not enough and that we needed to roll it out on a larger scale. I'm proud to say we now have more than 30 projects at various stages of completion and we have more interest than we would have ever dreamed of. But I'm also super proud at how well the organization is run, how frugal and careful our board is with the money we raise, how efficiently our directors manage the organization and projects; and best of all, how much the children, teachers, and parents love the program. It's really a special charity.
As a greenhouse intern, I have the privilege of working in these amazing spaces and assisting innovative teachers who introduce children to a variety of scientific concepts through hydroponic and aquaponic systems. It is wonderful to see how urban and local food production is normalized for these kids, and how much they enjoy working with plants, insects, fish and lab equipment, even clean-up tools! New York Sun Works is running a great organization that addresses a real need in our educational system—I hope this amazing opportunity is extended to as many kids as possible.
I think is one of the best curriculums I have seen incorporated in schools. Not only do the students get the opportunity to learn sustainability and science through a hands on approach, but they also get an introduction into the process of food production and what good food tastes like.
my school was goven the privelege of a hydroponic greenhouse by NYSunworks. It is a wonderful place with msny lesrning oppurtunities
As a former student of a greenhouse project school I loved learning science through the hydroponics technology provided in the greenhouse. The hydroponics systems gave me independence to discover scientific concepts on my own as well as made the learning of the curriculum we would have otherwise learned in a classroom much more interesting.
Education is the long term solution to sustainability and NY Sun Works brings an innovative view of how to address this. Furthermore, this organization creates genuine interest from kids not only in sustainability but in their overall school program. I know about children that have become enthusiastic to study science and that now understand better how the whole ecosystem is connected and how they can help the world to be more sustainable
New York Sun Works is the perfect example of a high impact organization. It is not only about building greenhouse labs and teaching science and sustainability, it is about addressing today's issues of global environmental concerns, improving families and communities, sharing and engaging... building a better future
NY Sunworks has created labs and programs that not only teach science to kids, it also changes the way they think about science and their own role in sustaining the earth. It's had a profound impact in NYC public schools and has designed robust curricula for science and sustainability. The Youth Conference gives the students a chance to present real scientific findings to their peers and mentors.
New York Sun Works is a wonderful, innovative organization that is bringing hydroponic farming to urban students throughout the city. I am lucky to be able to work with them and teach my students how living in an urban environment does not mean we can't have access to freshly grown produce in school and even in our homes! It's opened up students' minds (and teachers) to the ways of future farming, even on a small scale. New York Sun Works' innovation has made this all possible. Also, with the curriculum they've created, our students are given the opportunity to learn about today's environmental issues and how to make changes in our own lives. Plus, as the school's Sustainability Coordinator, the big concepts embedded in their curriculum ties in well to how we move to a more sustainable way of living.
I consider myself so lucky to have the opportunity to work with New York Sun Works every day. The organization is lean, efficient and well-run. They open doors (figuratively and literally!) into the world of sustainability, nutrition and agriculture for urban school students. Their curriculum is extremely effective in teaching math, science, engineering, and so much more through plants and fish (hydroponics and aquaponics). It's a great honor to watch kids come alive in the beautiful greenhouses or classroom labs and learn lessons they'll have for life.
At my old school they have a NYSW greenhouse, which really informed me on diet, food production, and climate change. Because of the material being taught in this environment me and my class were able to learn more while having fun.
In November 2016, the innovators at New York Sun Works (NYSW) joined forces with us at Insurgo Project to host civic leaders, philanthropists, teachers, and families for a gothic themed gourmet dinner at the Cathedral St. John the Divine. The evening launched a new high school curriculum developed by our teams that merges technology, sustainable food production, and culinary ethics.
In conjunction with the Cathedral's Value of Food program, the dinner fused education and sustainability as a community of chefs and nonprofits presented guests with fall harvest dishes cooked and served by local students from the Urban Assembly for Green Careers (UAGC) that also featured greens grown by NY Sun Works. The student led dinner was hugely successful and not only provided a paid internship for participating students, but also generated enough funding to further the launch of our new curriculum into several schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
I have known the work of NY Sun Works since their Barge on the Hudson River. Over the years, my admiration and appreciation for their work has only grown. As a high school dance teacher at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, I understand the importance and impact of their program on students. I believe that a healthy environment is a prerequisite for nurturing young people regardless of what path they choose to pursue in the future.
As a new employee at NY Sun Works, I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment and enthusiasm evidenced by the team members. It is clear that the mission of imparting the knowledge of science and sustainability to inner-city public school students is of critical importance to the organization. The team is also revitalized as they witness the hydroponic labs giving kids a fun way to learn about science and sustainability using hands-on experience and enjoying the fruits (vegetables and flowers) of their labor.
This organization has grown steadily embarking on a journey to bring quality ecological education to as many students in NYC as possible. Growing an idea into a reality, they are forever open to thinking anew about the ways ecology, sustainability and education connect to many aspects of our everyday life - fashion, architecture, art, politics, food, technology, and grass-roots movements. Their consistent efforts and exemplary work have stirred excitement in educators and students alike, empowering them to gain understanding of the world and play an active role as environmentalists.
NY Sun Works has provided my children and the other students at their school to learn about not only science, but to also interact with the environment in such a positive way. My daughter absolutely loves science because she has had numerous opportunities to participate in Sun Works activities. Thank you, Sun Works!
As a new member of the NY Sun Works team, I'm so inspired by what they've established in the school community. The integration of environmental science curriculum, reaching all aspects of the learning experience K-8 through the greenhouse labs, is so impressive. And important! The experiential aspect of the learning experience is invaluable. The way the program ripples out to the community is yet another priceless byproduct of the greenhouse lab.
I'm completely thrilled to be part of it.
A few short years ago, NY Sunworks was a concept that promised to be big. It has not fallen short of those expectations; in fact, it has exploded in its far reach to educate children, inspire adults, and motivate leaders to act locally with global reprecussions. Thanks to the excellent and conscientious works of the organization what started as a few greenhouses on school rooftops has now turned into an urban movement. Kudos to the NY Sunworks staff and management for guiding a concept into a necessity.
This is an incredible initiative and such a pleasure to see how it adds to quality education for children in grade school. I have been following this project for years and am a huge fan!
I first heard about NY Sun Works while working at an aquaponic startup company based in NYC. When they invited me to tour their flagship greenhouse at PS 333, I was blown away by the scope of their programming. Not only do students learn about health, the environment, biology and chemistry, they learn practical job skills like project development, team management and critical thinking and cooperation. Seeing all of the heartfelt signs posted by students filled me with joy too.
They are a great team doing awesome work that is badly needed.
New York Sun Works is doing vital work in connecting children to the sources of their food and giving them the means for a hands-on experience in learning how food plants are grown. The links between the science classroom, the adjacent greenhouse, and the school kitchen provide a practical way to learn science.
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I have been working with N Y Sun Works for almost a year in their corporate fundraising initiative. The management has shown great intelligence, flexibility and creativity in their search for funding. They are thorough and extremely well-informed. The organization runs an extraordinary academic program in sustainable urban gardening for NYC public school children.
New York Sun Works has helped me become a better educator. The depth of engagement on the part of the students is incomparable.
I´m a proud supporter of New York Sun Works and its star program The Greenhouse Project since 2008, when the first greenhouse science lab was built atop a public school in Manhattan. The idea was to create a laboratory facility in which public school children could learn the sciences, including environmental science, through a hand-on approach and through experimentation. Today, many more greenhouse labs have been completed in all 5 boroughs to the benefit of over four thousand children, and hundreds of teachers have received DOA-approved training on how to better utilize these lab facilities. NYSW is well on its way to reach its goal of building 100 Greenhouse labs by the end of the decade.
NYSW does a great job of helping this generation of students learn and understand the importance of sustainability in our food production systems. Their model of student engagement in their greenhouse labs, coupled with classroom work and actual food production, is one that that I wish could be emulated in metro areas in other states.
I have the utmost respect and admiration for the leadership of NYSW and their mission to bring Sustainability Education into the classroom to inspire children to find solutions for our Global Climate crisis.
When they asked me to join the board without hesitation I said yes. I am so happy it is possible for more and more schools to have the Hydroponic Systems. It is clear there is a growing desire from more and more schools to expand their curriculum so the children can stretch their minds and learn a skill set that will serve the planet well . This inspires me to find ways to continue to help NYSW grow
Picked up from the NY Sun Works barge in the Hudson River by one classroom mother and developed, together with another classroom mother, into an elementary school science laboratory, in less than four years the Greenhouse Project has made hands-on urban farming a part of the learning experience effectively integrated not only into the curriculum of 15 of New York’s elementary schools but also into the lives of the children. The children will take with them a personal knowledge of the fundamentals of sustainable development and pride in the production of a healthy food supply.
One of our goals this year was to focus on the importance of Science learning across the school. Our science vertical team consisting of teachers, parents and our partners with NY Sunworks and Urban Advantage have organized and planned three important Science events: Science Symposium, Science Fair and the “NY Sun Works Youth Conference @ MSC: Discovering Sustainability Science.
At the Science Sustainability Symposium, 5th-8th students were charged to complete a long-term investigation greenhouse project demonstrating their knowledge and scientific creativity of sustainable science. Students presented their projects on “Discovering Sustainable Science.” They demonstrated their mastery of our environmental Science curriculum, which was developed in partnership with NY Sunworks. During the Science Sustainability Symposium, students and staff and guest evaluators assessed project-based learning and challenge based module projects and shared comments based on a rubric that was designed by students and the Science team. Projects were then chosen and students of those projects will have opportunity to audition to be a presenter at the “NY Sun Works Youth Conference @ MSC: Discovering Sustainability Science on June 13th.
Our goal and mission of Science Fair 2014 was to showcase student work in Science that concentrates on science investigation through the Science curriculum.
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades: Created classroom sustainable science project completed in the greenhouse
5th grade: Designed investigative Science Projects developed during science instruction in the greenhouse
6th graders: Shared original designs of sustainable buildings built during the Sustainable Cities Sustainable Solutions module. The creative buildings address the environmental issues confronted by our growing population.
7th graders: Presented original designs of original hydroponic systems, with an operations manual based on their research of hydroponic farming during the Hydroponic Games module. Another group presented their action plans as solutions to raise awareness and to significantly cut energy use at our school, resulting in financial savings and reduced environmental impact. This energy teamwork is working in partnership with the Pathways of the Eco-Schools USA program.
8th Graders: Presented solutions to combat threats to our ocean during the Conserving Oceans module. They shared explanations with the goal to address the impact of this problem on other organisms and the how it affects the state of the ocean in future years if this problem continues. Another group from the We are What You Eat module presented their research of the current food system and ways to educate our school and local communities about the food system and how they can change it for the better. They also shared their educational ad campaign about their solutions as a national platform to bring countrywide attention to this problem. (8th grade projects will also be presented at the Urban Advantage expo at the museum of natural history in June).
My school has a NY Sun Works greenhouse and I think it is great. We learn a lot about sustainability and studying food systems. We also design and build our own farming systems which is really interesting. We have also done fun video campaigns about health to try to convince younger students at the school to make better choices.
NY Sun Works does an amazing job of incorporating every aspect of STEM learning using their hydroponic and aquaponic systems to their fullest. Whether biology, chemistry, earth sciences, or physics, their grade-appropriate lesson plans combined with the hands-on labs add a depth to the material being taught. Not only does it allow kids to really grasp and work with the concepts in a way that just isn't possible in a typical classroom, but it teaches the students that they have the ability to change the world.
I have been a donor for several years and to see the way Sun Works has grown in so many schools is amazing and bodes well for the future. Honestly, it is a credit to their commitment how Sun Works is able to do so much with such a small group of people and still manage to change the conversation around sustainability science and education for the better. I will continue to support this organization any way I can, and hope that many will do the same. A solid investment with big growth opportunities!