Environmental Call to Action

For our civic leadership project, we looked at each of our schools and found ways they were environmentally lacking. Our schools did not have enough recycling bins and--even worse--our peers did not know how to use them! So in each of our schools we found ways to change things up. We led "Earth Week" at Humanities Preparatory Academy and we educated students on proper use of recycling bins at A. Philip Randolph. For our call to action we ask you to consider: what can you do to make a difference? 


  • Do you know what composting is?

    Find out how, why, and where to compost in New York City

  • Does your school have recycling bins?

  • Does your school compost?

    See a list of the 40 schools that currently compost and find out how you can add your school through the NYC Department of Sanitation

  • Who are your local representatives?

    Visit our page to learn who represents you and how you can contact them

  • Do you know what your carbon footprint is?

    Calculate your carbon footprint through the Nature Conservancy

  • Who would you talk to about getting recycling bins put into your classrooms?

  • Do you know what the greenhouse effect is?

  • What do you do with your cooking oil?

    Learn why you shouldn't pour it down the sink, and what you should do instead.

  • Do you eat a lot of meat?

    Find out how your diet could impact climate change from The New York Times. 

  • Do you know the role the ocean plays in global warming?

    If not, let the Ocean Conservancy explain it to you

  • How long do you spend in the shower?

    Try the 5 minute challenge to save gallons of water and energy. 

  • Is global warming reversible?

    Find out for yourself from the United Nations

  • What resources can help you take care of the environment?

    Get connected through our environmental page

  • Do you keep the water running when you brush your teeth?

    You could be wasting 8 gallons of water per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency

  • Do you turn off the lights when you leave a room?

    If you'll be gone for more than 15 minutes you should turn them off, according to the Department of Energy

Nick and Johan at Humanities Prep