Global, Local, Coastal: Preparing the Next Generation for a Changing Planet

Lead PI: Francesco Fiondella , Dr. Malgosia Madajewicz

Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

September 2015 - June 2019
North America ; Yonkers, NY
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The project engaged 544 high school students, from the Yonkers Public School system (YPS), in Yonkers, NY, in an educational program that addresses the causes and impacts of climate change as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies. The unique curriculum integrates the capacities and materials available at three environmental education centers in Yonkers: Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Science Barge and EcoHouse facilities, and project partner Sarah Lawrence College’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB). The project also aims to have a broader impact on residents in the project region through public education modules, and beyond the Yonkers area, through distance learning developed by education directors and staff at Groundwork Hudson Valley and CURB.

OUTCOMES: 1) Evaluation of the impacts of the education program on awareness, attitudes, and mitigation and adaptation actions taken among participating youth. 2) Contribution to the development of the curriculum.


Groundwork Hudson Valley


National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce




International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)


Reynolds, K., Madajewicz, M. (2018) Global, local, coastal: Preparing the next generation for a changing planet. Final evaluation report. Report to Groundwork Hudson Valley.

DATASETS: Data on knowledge about climate change, climate impacts, mitigation, and adaptation, as well as attitudes, and mitigation and adaptation actions among middle school and high school youth in the Yonkers Public School system.


climate mitigation education climate change climate impacts climate science climate adaptation


Sustainable living