February 2023

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All Aboard! Channelview High School Students Discover Port Houston from the Water

With a school named "Channelview," you'd expect these students to be more familiar than most with the Houston Ship Channel ... and they certainly are!

During a day of making direct observations from aboard a boat, these high schoolers got a much closer look at Port Houston and gained a deeper understanding of the energy and shipping industries that drive the local economy, as well as the environmental challenges their community faces.

As part of the CELF Civic Science: Inquiry to Action program, Channelview High School students made direct observations and gathered data about air quality for analysis back in the classroom. This purposeful research is funded in part with the support of a grant from Port Houston.

Are you interested in linking student-driven science inquiry to local community and civic engagement at your school or district?

Contact CELF about Civic Science: Inquiry to Action

International Student Exchange: Young Women from Ghana and the US Share Water Projects

Water is life! The need for clean drinking water and water to irrigate crops is universal and global. When two groups of female high school students got together for a virtual student exchange this month, they learned from each other about how local geography, economy and culture can shape resource use and environmenal priorities.

Students at Krobo Girls Presbyterian Senior High School in Odumasi, Ghana, worked on redirecting and purifying water resources for use in a campus garden through better treatment of kitchen waste. New York students were intrigued to learn about high levels of student participation in the campus environment.

At The Hewitt School in New York City, students described a strikingly different approach to water. New York City's water is tunneled 125 miles into the city from the Catskill Mountains. Learning about the watershed has inspired these Hewitt students to both conserve water and to support local farmers from the Catskills region at farmers' markets. The Ghanaian students asked their stateside peers about the lack of a local water sources for the city.

The exchange of ideas and ideals will continue! Students are already planning their next collaboration.

A Student Exchange is part of an annual CELF Membership. Member schools also gain access to digital resources, long-term curriculum and instruction support, and team-based or 1:1 coaching support.

Contact CELF about Membership and Student Exchanges

CELF Field Experiences for K-12 Educators

The 2023 Spring into Sustainability series of outdoor field experiences for educators is off to a great start with events in New York and Connecticut. There's still time to register for our next event in Yonkers on March 30th.

Tracks and Traces of Wildlife at Teatown Lake Reservation

At Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY, CELF welcomed educators for a twilight hike in the winter woods to learn how to identify tracks and traces of local wildlife. We spotted traces of beavers, coyote, deer and insects!

Watersheds and Urban Communities at Mill River Park

At Mill River Park in Stamford, CT, educators explored ways to integrate education for sustainability in their teaching. At the Mill River Discovery Center, a 3D map illustrated how water flows through the city and the impacts of pollution mitigation efforts.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data from the Hudson River in Yonkers

Coming March 30th! There's still time to register for this exciting field experience for educators at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak in Yonkers, just steps from the Metro North station.


Celebrating Black Environmentalists

This month and always, our CELF team looks to Black leaders in the Environmental Justice movement to inform our work exploring EJ issues with teachers and students. We encourage you to learn more about Black-led grassroots community leaders and organizations working to combat environmental racism issues, such as food deserts, and enhance climate activism within the Black community.

Charting Future Paths with CELF Green Careers

In February, CELF brought students together with a wide range of professionals in the fields of Meteorology, Conservation, Agriculture and more. With its busiest month of Green Careers, CELF is opening vistas to an exciting future for kids learning in New York and Texas. Here are some of our latest speakers.

Haley Kerner

Senior Crops Coordinator

Stone Barns Center

Lauren Hyde



Hannah Thompkins


US Fish and Wildlife Service

Elizabeth Virgl

Marine Scientist, Coastal Education Specialist


Chloe Dannenfelser

Texas Coastal Outreach Facilitator


Maggie Tishman

Portfolio Manager

Small Business and Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Con Edison

Contact CELF about Bringing Green Careers to Your School

CELF is hiring!

Communications and Development Manager

CELF is seeking a Communications and Development Manager who has 3+ years of communications experience, ideally in an in-house leadership role within a fast-growing nonprofit, and covering areas such as event marketing, donor communications, social media, website content, and newsletters.

Summer Internships

CELF is recruiting summer interns to join our dynamic teams in the New York Metro Region and Greater Houston. CELF interns gain a diverse set of meaningful experiences and relevant skills that apply to a broad range of areas of study, from Communications and Education, to Environmental Science and Public Policy.

Learn More about Working with CELF and Current Openings

New Board Leadership

At CELF, we are grateful for the dedication, resourcefulness, and guidance of our Board of Directors, which has undergone some important changes in 2023.

Maureen Brady-Atinsky has passed the role of Board Chair to Evan Matzen. Evan is the Director of Sustainable Finance at PNC, where he is responsible for working externally and internally to support the transition to an inclusive, low-carbon economy. Maureen will remain an active member of the CELF board as Vice Chair.

Several long serving members have recently retired from board service. Please join us in thanking Nick Gutfreund, Charlie Kimball, and Jessica Mendelowitz for their many years of commitment and hard work advancing CELF's mission.

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