Hear from a panel of guest experts reflecting on the challenges and hopes they see in Environmental Education from varied perspectives including higher education, K-12 schools and non-profit organizations. The panel is moderated by a youth climate activist.
Fazia Azam (she/her) is a youth climate activist from Brooklyn, NY. She began her activism in environmental justice in High School through a National Wildlife Federation funded program called Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) and has continued to pursue her dream of working in government as a second year Political Science and Environmental Justice major at John Jay College.
Jason Bonet is a Sustainability Education Associate at Groundwork Hudson Valley. He is a lover of all things nature and a native New Yorker. Jason grew up enjoying the many parks NYC has to offer. He is an avid birdwatcher, edible mushroom and plant forager, and backpacker, as well as a beekeeping hobbyist.
Mary Ting is a visual artist, researcher, educator and writer. Her work examines cultural history, grief and the loss of nature. She currently teaches at CUNY John Jay College in both the studio art department and the Environmental Justice Program. Her recent research focuses on wildlife demand markets. Mary is also an avid gardener. maryting.com
Dana Raciunas is the Principal of PS 110K, The Monitor School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a Green Flag Eco-School. As a school leader she fosters partnerships with NYU’s Wallerstein Collaborative, the Newtown Creek Alliance, and Audubon NY to name a few. On the weekends you might find her bird watching in the North Woods of Central Park or riding her bike around Brooklyn.