New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams applauded

Date: August 8, 2023
Contact: Yuridia Peña,

New York Sun Works Executive Director Manuela Zamora today applauded New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and the 28 members of the City Council for securing $5.3 million to bring urban agriculture and climate education through the installation of hydroponic labs to public schools across the boroughs and issued the following statement: 

“I want to thank the New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and City Council Members for making a $5.3 million collective commitment in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget that will bring hydroponic farm technology and climate education to our city’s schools, and help cultivate the next generation of scientists, urban farmers and climate activists. The Council Members are Joanna Ariola, Alexa Aviles, Diana Ayala, Gale A. Brewer, Tiffany Caban, Eric Dinowitz, Amanda Farias, Jennifer Gutierrez, Shahana Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Shekar Krishnan, Farah Louis, Christopher Marte, Julie Menin, Francisco Moya, Mercedes Narcisse, Sandy Nurse, Vickie Paladino, Keith Powers, Lincoln Restler, Kevin Riley, Rafael Salamanca, Pierina Sanchez, Lynn Schulman, Sandra Ung, Marjorie Velazquez and Julie Won. 

“This significant capital investment to build new labs, through the School Construction Authority, will allow New York Sun Works to provide access to a hands-on urban farming experience that empowers young people to take the reins on sustainability science, climate change and food insecurity in their communities. We are also grateful to our local elected leaders who allotted expense funding to New York Sun Works to ensure that we continue to support over 100,000 students at established 250 partner schools with existing labs. This transformative commitment will help thousands of students across grades and communities improve their learning outcomes and enrich their academic career.” ### About NY Sun Works:

NY Sun Works is a not-for-profit organization that builds hydroponic classrooms in city schools to teach the science of sustainability through urban farming. Through our comprehensive curriculum, we engage K-12th grade students and educators in hands-on, standards-based sustainability and climate education. We are dedicated to bringing high-quality education to the communities where it’s most needed and envision a generation of environmental innovators, empowered to create solutions to 21st-century climate challenges. Our first hydroponic classroom opened in 2010; today, we’re partnered with over 250 schools and reach over 100,000 students annually in New York City and the metro area. 

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