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STEM Gowanus Teacher Workshop - Climate Change on the NYC Waterfront
2016 Urban Ecology Lecture Series
Once a month, our guest panelists bring perspectives on timely and practical aspects of urban ecology from science, history, social science and professional fields through short, dynamic presentations and lively panel discussions that include Q&A with the audience.
Gowanus Blue- Green Infrastructure Fellowship
Rainwater Harvesting Workshops
The GCC will be hosting a series of workshops on the environmental challenges of the Gowanus Canal and the Green Infrastructure measures taking place in the neighborhood. View upcoming workshop dates here.
Thursday November 3rd from 5:00-7:00 pm STEM Gowanus Teacher Workshop - Climate Change on the NYC Waterfront
We’re launching a new resource for teachers and informal educators to teach about climate change in NYC on Thursday, November 3 from 5:00-7:00pm.
Our 5-lesson unit will help educators break down this complex topic as it affects our city and engage students in solution-making.
At this workshop -
-Learn how to use the Gowanus Canal (or any of the 520 miles of NYC waterfront) to anchor a unit on climate change
-Learn a solutions-based framework to teaching climate change
-Hear from NYC teachers that are teaching project-based and inquiry-based units on climate change
Resources Provided -
-5 standards-aligned, inquiry-based lessons integrating math, science and design
-Current NYC Climate Change data, graphs and maps designed for middle school students
-Curriculum integration support
This workshop is free. Register on Eventbrite. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided, including Brooklyn Brewery beer.
The STEM Gowanus Climate Change unit was funded by a grant from Climate Systems Urban Partnership (CUSP). Science teachers from MS 88, Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS) and St. Ann's School helped us design the lessons in this unit.
2016 Urban Ecology Lecture Series
Plants, animals, humans, economy, culture and infrastructure all make up our urban ecology. These elements are constantly interacting, creating both change and equilibrium in a complex environment. Once a month, our guest panelists bring perspectives on timely and practical aspects of urban ecology from science, history, social science and professional fields through short, dynamic presentations and lively panel discussions that include Q&A with the audience.
Please click here to see more information about our upcoming lectures.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm
543 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215
Lecture entrance is through the alleyway gate on Nevins St. There is $5 suggested donation at the door, and Brooklyn Brewery beer will be available for a $3 suggested donation.
New York City uses a combined sewer system, where stormwater from the street is processed in the same system as our household sewage. When it rains, the large volume of water causes combined sewer systems to overflow, releasing untreated sewage into waterways in the area. This deep-seated infrastructure issue is a major source of pollution in NYC waterways. To combat this issue, the city has begun construction of thousands of bioswales, or rain gardens that can absorb large quantities of water and divert it from the city's sewer system. Researchers are now looking at the ecology of bioswales to improve their performance. Panelists will introduce their ongoing research on the various plants and soil used in green infrastructure throughout the city and how the species and nutrient composition can affect bioswale performance.
Moderator: Suzanne Lipton, Columbia University Earth Institute
Sarah Bruner, Columbia University
Nandan Shetty, Columbia University
Walter Yerk, Drexel University
GCC Pop-Up Nursery
Carroll St. & Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Get your native perennials in the ground this fall, and they'll be established and ready to rock next spring!
Volunteers and students help us grow a wide array of mostly native plants well-adapted to our urban conditions. These plants will be installed in gardens throughout the Watershed, and are also for sale. See list of plants currently available here. Discounts are available for GCC members, public schools, and community gardens. See here for more details.
Thanks to Alloy for hosting and Greenbelt Native Plant Center for supporting our 2016 Nursery.
Gowanus ArtLab Workshops
Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
[Click here for exact location]
View all workshops here.
ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.
The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood.
Sedums inhabit the green roof, capturing and retaining rainwater before it makes its way into the canal. The structure thus becomes an educational opportunity itself while it hosts other workshops.
By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.
Rainwater Harvesting Workshops
Where Does Your Water Come From? Where Does It Go?
GCC Nursery, 431 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sun, November 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Learn what you can do to help prevent Combined Sewer Overflows in New York City. Whenever it rains, raw sewage is dumped untreated into New York City water-bodies like the Gowanus Canal. In this hands on workshop, learn about this problem and come away with ideas about what you can do from adopting a bioswale, to building your own rainwater harvesting system. More info here.
Pick up a FREE DEP Rain Barrel for your school, home, or business!*
*EDIT: We are currently out of stock. Sign up for the rain barrel waiting list here. We will email you as soon as a new shipment arrives.
Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
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