On August 3, more than 20 high school students participated in a workshop about climate change that was held at NYSCI. Students explored the carbon footprints of their food and transportation choices, alternative energy sources, water runoff and more, all through hands-on activities.

The workshop is part of the Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), a multi-city initiative that is working to improve the public’s understanding of climate change. The initiative focuses on helping urban residents identify local, city-specific climate impacts and solutions. In addition to New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are also involved in CUSP.

The CUSP resources used by the students at the August workshop, are available to the general public and can be used free of charge. Resources include the CUSP map, a crowd-sourced map that helps users visualize the impacts of climate change on city living, and CUSP educational kits for kids, families and educators that focus on climate change and STEM learning.

CUSP kits include:

Hot Spots: Urban Heat Island
Explore differences in surface temperatures in locations across the city, and identify solutions to keep New York City cool.

Hidden Cost Café
Determine the carbon footprints of your favorite foods.

Extreme Events: A Story of Urban Runoff
Discover the impact that green infrastructure has on mitigating water runoff in the face of extreme events.

Get to the Game
Understand the impact of your food and energy choices as you navigate to a baseball game.

Tiny Slimy Carbon Keeper
Learn about balance within ecosystems and explore how salamanders help increase natural carbon sequestration.

Energy Matters
Explore the energy usage of LEDs and incandescent bulbs, as well as alternative energy sources.

Empty Spaces
Redesign a vacant lot, while considering different solution strategies.

Download the CUSP kit flyer.