Educators gather to talk about Catskills climate change

Above: Students at Delaware Academy in Delhi celebrate the installation of solar panels at the school's sugarhouse. Photo via Catskill Solar's Facebook page. 

In the Catskills, students are tackling climate change in big ways. At Delhi's Delaware Academy, students helped install a photovoltaic panel to power the school's sugarhouse in 2013.

At the Manhattan County School in Roxbury, a geometry class partnered with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to tackle a real-world erosion control project on the Rondout Reservoir.

Even down on Staten Island, over 100 miles away from Delhi, students at PS 57 studying the effect of climate change in the Catskills. 

On Friday, March 13, the teachers involved in these projects are gathering to swap stories about science, education and climate change at the Climate Change Exchange conference, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, the Manhattan Country School and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

The event is free and open to all, and includes tours of Delaware Academy's sugarhouse and school gardens, lunch, a video presentation by climate change activist Bill McKibben and a series of workshops. Local and NYC teachers, educators and performers will be presenting. 

Climate Change Exchange Conference. Friday, March 13, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Delaware Academy, 2 Sheldon Dr., Delhi. 607.865.6531.