Certifying Roosevelt Island (NYC) as a Climate Smart Community

Worksite Location
Project Dates
Late May through early August
Field Mentors/Supervisors
RIOC: Michelle Edwards; Cornell Tech: Jane Swanson; CUCE-NYC: Jennifer Tiffany
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

This undergraduate summer internship will focus on completing and submitting Roosevelt Island’s application to be certified as a NYS Climate Smart Community www.dec.ny.gov/energy/56876.html The student will work in close collaboration with a community engagement committee brought together in response to a OEI planning grant submitted by CUCE-NYC and Cornell Tech that includes Cornell Tech students, leaders of community organizations committed to sustainability, staff from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), and other partners.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will work with Roosevelt Island stakeholders (including staff of RIOC and other members of the “Engaged Roosevelt Island” working group) and with Cornell faculty to complete and submit an application for Roosevelt Island to be certified as a NYS Climate Smart Community. Specific responsibilities will include gathering the information needed, working under the supervision of RIOC staff to complete the necessary application forms, and communicating closely with the working group. The student and working group may host one or more community events to gather input for and/or to celebrate the Climate Smart Communities application.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework
Benefits and Skills

This internship will contribute to a range of learning outcomes, including 1) team work focused on both a specific goal (completing the CSC application) and broader goals (working towards community sustainability, cohesion, and inter group partnership), 2) administrative and data gathering skills necessary for the completion of a somewhat complex application to be submitted to a NYS agency, and 3) understanding of the practical and motivational role programs like Climate Smart Communities can play in community planning, development, and engagement. The OEI/CCE intern will have potential opportunities to engage and work with students from Cornell Tech and Cornell and CUNY MPH programs, as well as with other Cornell undergraduates.