Our Partner Network

None of our work would be possible without giving credit to the company we keep. Check Out some of our amazing partners & major donors! 

CCIA Rally, 05/18 - Photo Credit: Devin Deane

Located within the Division of School Facilities and guided by Chancellor's Regulation A-850, the Office of Sustainability seeks to transform the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) into a more sustainable and efficient public entity regarding facility operations and student environmental education.

 

Start:Empowerment's work with the NYCDOE included providing our Free(mium) Food Justice Curriculum to the NYC school system (3rd - 12th grade) recognized on their Environmental Justice Resource Portal.

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NYC Dept. of Education's (DOE) Office of Sustainability

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National Wildlife Foundation's 

The Climate and Resilience Education Task Force (CRETF) is a project of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in New York City. CRETF is dedicated to increasing access to interdisciplinary climate education and professional learning opportunities in New York's schools.

 

The Task Force collectively manages a range of projects that advance climate education in New York of which Start:Empowerment has participated in furthering climate literacy and education policy and teacher support on teaching food justice in classrooms through our Food Justice Coalition (FJC)

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New York University's

Office of Sustainability

NYU’s Office of Sustainability leads the University-wide effort to build a healthier and more sustainable future.

 

Start:Empowerment's pilot work was supported through the office's championing of ideas that advance innovation and justice through their Green Grants program. And we continue to engage the NYU community through the teaching of workshops at the annual College and Career Lab (CCL) in 2020 and 2021 and speaking on multiple panels under the office, e.g. Environmental Justice from Local to Global.

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Environmental Justice Coalition

NY Renews is a coalition of over 300 environmental, justice, faith, labor, and community groups, and the force behind the nation’s most progressive climate law calling for clean, green jobs and climate justice.

Start:Empowerment has been a member since 2020 and our work under the coalition has primarily been focused on the passing of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) supporting low-income communities disproportionately hurt by climate change with revenue generated by a fee to polluters. We helped co-organize 2 of the largest protests held in May and November 2021.

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The Connected Chef (CC) is a non-profit that works with families to teach them how to cook and garden with what they have available. Additionally, they are the creators of the Lifeline Grocery Initiative which directly delivers these goods to over 700 households out of work and unable to collect unemployment and provides sliding scale groceries to the Queens, NY community.

 

Start:Empowerment works in partnership with CC to co-operate the Food Justice Coalition (FJC) and provide in-school grocery support for our student and family network.

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Flatbush Mixtape is an emerging neighborhood organization that is politically unaffiliated, interfaith, and donation-based only that serves their Brooklyn neighbors through relationship building, providing direct services, & knitting together existing networks.

Start:Empowerment's work with Flatbush Mixtape includes the stocking of the Flatbush Community Fridge with the proceeds from our Music 4 the Ppl (M4P) event and participation in their co-organized Food Distribution events with the Caribbean Equality Project and other entities.

PODER, People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources, is a social and environmental justice organization based in East Austin. PODER was formed in 1991 to increase communities of color in East Austin's participation in political and economic decisions and to combat environmental racism. 

Start:Empowerment's environmental justice (EJ) curriculum was taught in their annual Young Scholars for Justice (YSJ) program for youth ages 14-18 to learn about the intersections of environmental justice (EJ) principles with community issues, as well as foundational organizational operational and organizing skills.

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The Freedom Agenda NY, the vehicle for the Renewable Rikers project, believes that the bare minimum to start addressing Rikers Island's horrific legacy is to ensure, as the jails there are closed, that the island’s future uses benefit and respond to the wishes of the people and communities that have been harmed through its long, painful history. After hundreds of conversations with people who’ve been incarcerated on Rikers and had loved ones there, a consensus emerged: use the island for green infrastructure through the Renewable Rikers Plan.

Start:Empowerment's work includes providing research and organizing support to the implementation of the Renewable Rikers Act (the closing of Rikers Island and the return of that land to community determination) under the #RenewableRikers campaign.

The first members of the Indigenous Peoples of the Coastal Bend (IPCB) came together in 2016 but in 2018, they began fighting for Indigenous Rights and received their first proclamation honoring the collective as IPCB. Their mission is to preserve, conserve, and cultivate (an) indigenous culture in the Coastal Bend area, where their ancestors once lived together.

Start:Empowerment's work with IPCB includes helping to organize their protest against Enbridge and help IPCB sustain its on-the-ground and operational work as a collective through the provision of advisory and PR services.  

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Chidi Asoluka is a dean and English teacher at the Horace Mann School in New York City. Plainly, Chidi wanted students to see how traditional/non-traiditional “school texts” provided a unique lens into the living, breathing text of their surrounding neighborhoods.

Start:Empowerment participated in the New Community (NewComm) Project for Educators Program not only speaking to teachers in the program but also serving as education developers working to integrate environmental justice themes into the current curriculum.

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