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Climate Action

Stay tuned for application information to join the
2024 Climate Action Collective

If you have any questions about City Green's Climate Action Collective,

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City Green's Climate Action Collective is a unique opportunity for high school students who are passionate about climate change, nature, or environmental justice and want to take community action. Together, over the course of 4 months, students will grow their knowledge and power on topics that include food justice, public lands, social movements, climate science, and more! ​By the end of the Collective’s time together, participants will: - Be empowered to take action and share information about climate change and the environment with friends and community - Gain more confidence outdoors - Develop their personal and collaborative leadership skills for environmental activism - Collaborate on a vision for climate futures ​The Collective sessions are facilitated by a City Green staff member, following a curriculum with guided readings, activities, volunteer work, and off-site field trips*. The Collective curriculum consists of activities and discussions on climate science, art and storytelling, gardening, food justice, community action, New Jersey ecology, and more! Participants will receive a stipend, volunteer hours, and a certificate of participation, all received upon successful completion of the program.

Qualifications:​ - Students residing/attending high school in Passaic or Bergen County - Students must be rising 10th-12th grade - Students must have at least one more full year left in their high school career ​We are looking for students who are: - Passionate about the environment and their community - Interested in taking action in their community - Driven and responsible - Ready to take their learning to the next level - Willing to collaborate with other high school students ​No prior knowledge or experience is required to join the Collective.

Location: This program is in-person at City Green Farm Eco-Center, 171 Grove St., Clifton, NJ, with some off-site field trips. Duration: July to October. Specific dates for 2024 are to be determined. Hours: Meetings are multiple times per week. 2024 meeting times are to be determined. There will be approximately 3-5 field trips to places that relate to the curriculum, held at times outside or instead of the regular meetings.

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2023 Climate Action Collective
Climate change toolkits

The toolkit topics are major themes of the Collective curriculum. Each participant selected a topic to research and created a toolkit full of history, current events, action steps, and resources.


These toolkits are intended to educate community members about climate change issues and solutions, with the aim of inspiring action and hope in the wake of the climate crisis.


This collection of toolkits was initially presented at the Climate Gallery Walk on October 11, 2023 at the City Green Farm Eco-Center. View the compiled toolkits HERE.

2023 Climate Action Collective Gallery walk

Read about the inaugural Climate Gallery Walk in The Clifton Times! This article by Rachel Castelino features the students of the 2023 Climate Action Collective, along with their work and presentations for this concluding program celebration.

Download individual Climate change toolkits

Click the preview image to open each toolkit.


Indigenous Environmentalism

By Viviana Velecela

Youth Climate Activism

Youth Climate Activism

By Syeda Parvin

Black Women in the Environmental Justice Movement

Black Women in the Environmental Justice Movement

By Jada Witter

Defining Climate Leadership

Defining Climate Leadership

By Emely Ortiz

Climate art and Cultural Strategy

Climate Art and Cultural Strategy

By Jennifer Madera

Community Gardens, Food Justice, and Sustainable Cities

Community Gardens, Food Justice, and Sustainable Cities

By Bushra Begum

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Indicator Species

and Climate Change

By Aditi Patoliya

NJ Waterways and Coastal Resilience

NJ Waterways, Coastal Resilience, and Flooding

By Maria Verdugo

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Seven high school students from Passaic and Bergen Counties participated in the Youth Climate Action Capstone Project. This year long independent learning opportunity empowered students to create projects include building community fridges to minimize food waste, implementing composting programs to use at a school garden at Cresskill High School, creating sustainable school lunch systems by replacing plastic utensils with compostable ones, educating individuals on their carbon footprints through informational flyers, and presenting food system workshops to students at the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton.

Read more about the 2022 Cohort and their projects here

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