Sustainable Hudson Atlantic provides educational experiences that develop future stewards of the Hudson River / New York Harbor watershed.

Sustainable Hudson Atlantic will introduce interested high school students to the vast number of institutions, government agencies and citizen action groups in the Lower Hudson River New York Harbor bioregion that are improving the health and resiliency of the vulnerable Catskill NYC watershed.


On May 4, 2017, Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories sailed on the Hudson River Clearwater Sloop with 40 students from EF International Academy. They chose the Verplanck Dock, nearest to Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear power plant 25 miles north of the Bronx. Alice Slater, Robert Croonquist and Kathleen Sullivan visited Rosalie Frison’s classes the week before and conducted a Teach-In on nuclear guardianship. Clearwater measured a 3 degree increase in water temperature near the plant.

Students will learn of those things that endanger the ecosystem of the Hudson River / New York Harbor and learn best practices for remediation.

The program will provide interactive experiences in the field concerning:

  • The ways we eat and farm
  • The natural wonders of the Hudson River and those who are defending it
  • Guardianship of the radiological legacy of Indian Point
  • Urban waterway restoration
  • Green job training
  • School and community greening
  • Economic and environmental justice
  • Rowing and sailing on the Hudson and Harlem rivers
  • Living Eco-Machines
  • Genetic conservation
  • Resilient ways of living

The sessions will be primarily but not exclusively on Saturdays and participating teachers will be paid $200 per Saturday session. We will inaugurate a pilot program with three field experiences during the academic year 2016 – 2017. When fully implemented during the 2017 – 2018 school year, schools will participate in eight full-day sessions from Indian Point Energy Center to the Billion Oyster Project.

Among the groups and institutions being considered for the field experiences are:

American Museum of Natural History Center for Conservation Genetics employs cutting-edge techniques in genetics, molecular biology, population biology, molecular ecology, and forensics to identify and ameliorate genetic threats to endangered species and to develop and support conservation strategies for retaining genetic diversity. Working closely with the AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), the Molecular Systematics Laboratory (MSL), the Cullman Molecular Laboratory (CML), the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics (SICG), Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection (AMCC), and Museum Curators, ConGen uses the latest techniques in conservation biology to conduct critically important research and design conservation management plans. MANHATTAN

The Big U is a protective system around Manhattan, driven by the needs and concerns of its communities. Stretching from West 57th Street south to The Battery and up to East 42th Street, the Big U protects 10 continuous miles of low-lying geography that comprise an incredibly dense, vibrant, and vulnerable urban area. The proposed system not only shields the city against floods and stormwater; it provides social and environmental benefits to the community and an improved public realm. MANHATTAN

Billion Oyster Project is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs. GOVERNORS ISLAND

Catskill NYC Watershed Educators’ Network provides links to information about the NYC Water System and its watershed, as well as other environmental topics to supplement and support field trips and classroom lessons. The Network offers ideas for getting students actively involved in learning about water and the planet we all share. REGIONAL

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater The centerpiece of Clearwater’s education program is the Sailing Classroom Program. The deck of a traditional sailing ship is a uniquely powerful platform for students to learn about the river’s natural wonders and cultural significance. For many this introduction to the Hudson River and environmental education can forge a connection with nature to last a lifetime. DUTCHESS COUNTY

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) is a coalition of environmental, health and public policy organizations founded in 2001 to address the vulnerability of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point.  Over 20 million people live within 50 miles of the plant.  IPSEC’s concerns include both existing radiation releases and potential additional releases from either human error, aging infrastructure, or terrorism, and the flawed, unfixable evacuation plan. Their grassroots efforts have enlisted the support of hundreds of local, state and federal officials. Students will learn of the concept of Nuclear Guardianship, a citizen commitment to present and future generations to keep radioactive materials out of the biosphere. Recognizing the extreme damage these materials inflict on all life-forms and their genetic codes. WESTCHESTER COUNTY

New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI) is a Federally-funded program of research, training and information transfer concerning all aspects of fresh and estuarine water in the state of New Jersey. It’s mission is to sponsor research on all aspects of water quality, quantity and use and the management of water resources; to train university students to become the next generation of water resource professionals and to transfer information to the public and water resource managers. NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

Ohnell Environmental Park consists of a classroom building designed by Maya Lin that is built to LEED-certification standards.  The non-invasive structure is made of recycled building materials with an Eco-Machine designed by legendary environmentalist John Todd and The Green Center and New Alchemy Institute. MANHATTAN

Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation is a center for research and experimentation in contemporary culture. It will be the site of a Symposium on Civic Engagement that pairs students with members of civil society to learn about the role of individuals and groups in creating change and will facilitate small group exercises that result in actionable intelligence that students and teachers will bring back to their schools and communities. BROOKLYN

Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Rocking the Boat empowers young people from the South Bronx to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row, sail and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. BRONX

Solar One empowers learning and innovation that result in more sustainable and resilient urban environments. We change the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world. MANHATTAN

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem. In its quest to transform the way America eats and farms, they convene changemakers, train farmers, educate food citizens and develop agroecological farming practices. WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Sustainable South Bronx works to address economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx – and throughout New York City – through a combination of green job training, community greening programs and social enterprise. BRONX

Tunza Youth Strategy, the UN Environmental Programme’s youth initiative.  The word “TUNZA” means “to treat with care or affection” in Kiswahili, a sub-regional language of Eastern Africa. Tunza is an initiative that is meant to develop activities in the areas of capacity building, environmental awareness and information exchange, with a vision to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens capable of positive action. UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

Zero Waste Schools The Department of Sanitation is working with the NYC Department of Education and GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program to implement an ambitious Zero Waste Schools pilot program. Approximately 100 schools will be set up as model recycling and organics schools, and their waste will be monitored to capture data on the amount of material being generated and separated. The goal is to identify best practices that can be expanded Citywide. ALL CITY


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

To pre-register for a sail in the spring of 2018, let us know the name of your school and the approximate number of students. The date will be released once Clearwater announces its spring sailing schedule.

Biannually, Youth Arts takes 40 students and 10 adults on a sail on the Hudson River Clearwater Sloop near the Indian Point Energy Center a nuclear power plant 25 miles north of the Bronx. Students and adults learn about the history of the Hudson River and the basics of sailing, navigation, water quality, fish and wildlife, map reading and nuclear guardianship. Students learn about the scheduled decommissioning of Indian Point in 2020 and the complexities of of that process, from the economic transitioning of the community to the storage of spent fuel for the next 200,000 years.

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Sustainable Hudson Atlantic fulfills Youth Arts New York’s mission to provide experiences in the arts and sciences that engage youth in building a peaceful and sustainable future.