Happy Climate Week 2022!
We celebrate our entire GCF community including Corps Members, alumni, staff, board, partners and supporters for all you do to combat the climate crisis year-round, reworking systems to create our inclusive “future green city”!
From urban farming, food justice, and zero-waste to urban forestry, equitable energy, sustainable buildings and beyond, GCF leaders are centering our NYCHA communities and frontline young adults as drivers of critical climate action and forces for positive change.
Some recent highlights include:
- Our Director of Social Enterprise, Josh Owens, spotlighted in the New York Post for his work with our NYCHA communities and alumni who are making gains in growing climate-forward career paths.
- Our Executive Director, Tonya Gayle, speaking about the importance of empowerment and economic justice for young people of color – key to combating climate change and the associated social and health disparities – on the podcast series Tales of the Field.
- Compost Power, the social enterprise run by a team of GCF alumni including founder Domingo Morales, featured on Time for Kids’ video series “Your 🔥 Job” as an inspiring example of one such climate and sustainability career path. Domingo (Cohort 10) and team member Keshanee Gumby (Cohort 14) talk about what they do everyday as master composters, the fascinating science behind the compost process, how it helps mitigate global warming, and their own journeys with GCF toward finding a job they love (composting!). Check out the video below!
- Leading by example of what a Civilian Climate Corps looks like in action, Cohort 24 is working hard honing their environmental skills for jobs in the green economy, engaging other NYCHA residents, and preparing our Eco-Hubs for the fall with our Harvest Festivals right around the corner in October.
As we continue to fight for a healthier, just and resilient world, stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this week!