Inspiring Climate Education and Action: Spotlighting NY Sun Works and SEI


Inspiring Climate Education and Action: Spotlighting NY Sun Works and SEI

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This April 30 eeWEBINAR highlighted the work of two game-changing organizations that are building leadership for the future and advancing climate change education and climate solutions.

SEI's Energize Schools program provides resources and training to build confident, skilled climate educators and develop K–12 student climate leadership.

NY Sun Works builds state-of-the-art hydroponic classrooms to teach sustainability science and climate change while growing food in the classroom and transforming learning in K–12 city schools.

Find out more about what these two organizations are doing to advance climate change education and how their experiences can help you with your work. 

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Manuela Zamora, Executive Director, NY Sun Works 

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Raised in Bolivia, Manuela began her career as the Director of Logistics and Special Events on Sustainable Development in the Office of the First Lady of Bolivia before earning her Master’s in Education from Cambridge College in 2001. Shortly after, she founded her first organization, Fundación Carmen, where she created El Dorado: the Route of Fair Trade, a training program for low-income women artisans to learn skills in sustainable production and marketing. In 2008, she co-founded NY Sun Works’ Hydroponic Classrooms Initiative. For over a decade she has served as the executive director, steering NY Sun Works' mission to transform New York’s educational landscape through a pioneering approach to sustainability science and climate education. Today, she resides in the heart of NYC, along with her husband and children.

Cyane Dandridge, Founder & Executive Director, SEI 

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Cyane Dandridge is the founder and executive director of two nonprofit organizations: SEI and the School of Environmental Leadership. Shortly after receiving her Master of Science in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cyane helped to design and launch leading-edge approaches to federal energy programs, which put her on a path to becoming a pioneer and thought leader in the environmental field. For more than 30 years, Cyane has brought energy efficiency, clean technology, and place-based sustainability solutions and career pathways to the academic, public, and private sectors. ​Cyane's entrepreneurial spirit, strategic collaborations, and commitment to equity are the foundation of her work to build leaders for a more resilient world.

This webinar is brought to you by ee360+ and eeINSPIRE.

ee360+: Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement Through Collective Impact

An ambitious multi-year initiative, the ee360+ Leadership and Training Collaborative connects, trains, and promotes innovative leaders dedicated to using the power of education to create a more just and sustainable future for everyone, everywhere. Led by NAAEE, ee360+ is made possible through funding and support from U.S. EPA and twenty-seven partner organizations representing universities and nonprofits across the country, and five federal agencies. Through this partnership, ee360+ brings together more than five decades of expertise to grow, strengthen, and diversify the environmental education field. Visit to learn more.

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eeINSPIRE: Sparking Innovation in Environmental Education

We are pleased to continue eeINSPIRE, NAAEE's webinar series presented in partnership with the US Forest Service. This series is designed to bring new ideas and thinking to USFS conservation educators, but is open to all who want to sign up!


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Upcoming eeINSPIRE Webinars

Future topics will include: increasing civic engagement through education and service-learning, becoming a natural and effective storyteller, citizen science in education, building a diverse and inclusive field, and more. 

We look forward to seeing you online, and stay tuned for updates on upcoming webinars in the series!