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New York Sun Works Inc

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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Through our Greenhouse Project Initiative we use hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. We envision a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to global resource challenges.

Results: NY Sun Works is an EPA, NAAEE and HBSCNY award-winning organization, and maintains a platinum rated status on Guidestar and a Top Rated status on Great Non Profits. As of August 2020, 130 Greenhouse Project Classrooms were up and running in the New York and New Jersey, and many more in development! To see a map of where we work, and the projects in development please visit our website at http://nysunworks.org/projects/ NY Sun Works has trained 450+ teachers in how to implement themes of Sustainability Science into the classroom. We have also trained specialized Greenhouse Project lab teachers at each partner school.

Target demographics: Teach K-12th grade students and teachers about STEM and Sustainability Science.

Direct beneficiaries per year: As of 2020, we expanded to a total of 130 schools, reaching more than 40,000 students with our STEM and sustainability programs. Our classrooms have the potential to grow 70,000 lbs of fresh vegetables every year.

Geographic areas served: New York and New Jersey

Programs: We build hydroponics classrooms in urban schools, where students grow and farm plants and fish year round and learn STEM and sustainability science through our Discovering Sustainability Science curriculum. The produce students grow is shared within the school and larger community through our Harvest Program. Every year we host a youth conference for students at partner schools to share their knowledge and scientific research. We hold 3 annual 36-hour DOE accredited teacher training seminars on how to bring themes of sustainability into the classroom.

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