Environmental Leadership Academy
Sustainable Summer’s Environmental Leadership Academy at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York enables the next generation of environmental leaders to engage in sustainability inquiry and action.
In this Brooklyn Summer Program…
- You’ll tackle challenging academic concepts in a college-level sustainability course and develop your communication, critical thinking, and action planning skills in our leadership institute
- You’ll participate in site visits to sustainable businesses and renewable energy projects, and enjoy guest lectures from leading sustainability experts
- You’ll live in a residence hall in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood with other environmentally-minded high school students
- You’ll experience Brooklyn’s world class arts and culture in one of the cities most picturesque and vibrant neighborhoods
This two-week, intensive Brooklyn summer program provides students with an overview of urban sustainability in New York City with a focus on the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. Students will assess various urban systems, such as stormwater management, green infrastructure, solid waste management, and urban agriculture. Through hands-on, experiential learning, the program will expose students to the complex economic, ecological, and social systems that urban planners, policy-makers and other experts and decision-makers must consider when planning for a 21st Century, sustainable NYC.
Our Brooklyn summer program first examines some of the sustainability problems and opportunities, both large and small, that face New York. It then shifts focus to the methodological tools students need to propose a viable solution to one particular problem through a “design challenge.” The subject of the design challenge is stormwater management in Brooklyn. The control of street trash that will become floatables in the local waterways of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary is a significant environmental problem, which exceeds the capacity of NYC’s highly engineered “sewershed” and wastewater treatment system. This two-week summer program will invite the students to take a look at the systems in place to combat this problem. Some systems that will be explored will be green infrastructure (bioswales, green roofs, biomimicry, etc.), municipal solid waste (recycling, trash, and composting), and urban agriculture (rooftop farming). These and other topics, including functional ones such as design processes and computational modeling, will come to light through workshops and a guest speaker series featuring biotech engineers, green architects, city planners, transportation experts, policy analysts, and media personalities.
Summer in Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn has rapidly evolved from a geographic place name into an international brand, commonly appended to food stuffs and other artisanal items intended to invoke a sense of hip and cool. Less noteworthy amid the hype is Brooklyn’s role as an incubator of countless urban sustainability innovations. Brooklyn also happens to be our home, and we want to take students beyond the trendy and into an exploration of urban environmental systems with Brooklyn and NYC as our classroom.
Students are housed in a residence hall at the Pratt Institute, in the beautiful Clinton Hill neighborhood. Most morning feature a classroom-based workshop on campus, but afternoons will often find the group out and about exploring sustainability elsewhere in Brooklyn and NYC. Contact us to find out more.