Notice of Expected Behavior during GrowNYC Programs

April 29, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

GrowNYC is committed to providing safe and accepting community programing. We do so by standing firmly against hateful speech and behavior of all kinds and firmly behind our employees, partners, participants, community members and others who share our values. We welcome all who want to learn and improve the world we share, as long as they join us with an open mind and heart and treat each other with respect and dignity.

When you participate in GrowNYC program offerings you will:

  • Be considerate and respectful to all staff, fellow participants and the community at large.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  • Speak up if you observe anything at an event that conflicts with this Code of Conduct. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member GrowNYC’s staff.

Unacceptable behavior from any participant or attendee will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech, materials, or conduct by any Attendee of the event and related event activities. Many event venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language or symbols directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Personal insults or oppressive behavior, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, basis of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnicity, immigration status, language, nationality, physical appearance, or religion. 
  • Taking photos or video or audio recordings which are used for the purpose of embarrassing or harassing an attendee, or edited or otherwise distorted for such purposes, or which use the likeness of an individual for commercial purposes without consent.
  • Any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior, or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations or directions given by event staff.

GrowNYC may direct any Attendee who violates the Code of Conduct to leave the venue and reserves the right to ban individuals from all of GrowNYC’s events and programing. In addition, GrowNYC staff reserves the right to discontinue the program unless the unacceptable behavior is corrected, or the disruptive party leaves the venue.

Building Emotional Resilience Against Climate Change

April 13, 2022

Join us on April 28, 2022 at 4:30 PM for a free virtual round-table discussion about climate anxiety between NYC high schoolers and a climate-aligned psychologist.


Have you ever stayed up too late reading negative news stories about climate change? Do you feel anger towards people or politicians who aren’t doing enough to stop the devastation the planet faces? Do you worry about how it may affect you or your child’s life? These are all effects of climate anxiety or distress. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone.

Climate anxiety is a "form of psychological distress related to the climate crisis," also defined by the American Psychological Association as a “chronic fear of environmental doom.”

Who is affected by climate anxiety? Anyone aware of climate change and its harmful effects may experience some level of anxiety. Certain groups may face a higher risk of physical and mental health issues due to environmental causes. These groups include those who live in areas prone to extreme weather events, Indigenous people, displaced communities, or adolescents. Recent research has confirmed the phenomenon that many of us know to be true.

A 2021 study published in The Lancet found high rates of negativity and hopelessness regarding climate change among youth. The 10-country survey of 10,000 youth aged 16-25 asked how they felt about climate change and their government’s response to it. Nearly 60% said they felt ‘very worried’ or ‘extremely worried’ about climate change, and 45% of participants said that their feelings about climate change impacted their daily lives.

The breadth of this study demonstrates that while climate worries can feel isolating, there are many people worldwide that are facing similar struggles.

New York City’s climate forecast includes longer, hotter, and more frequent heat waves, sea level rise, and more extreme flooding. These impending problems have led to documented cases of climate anxiety in NYC. There are actions you can take to protect your health considering the issue of climate change. A new area of therapy has even emerged to tackle the issue.

Climate-aware therapists are professionally-trained psychotherapists who recognize that the climate crisis is both a global threat to all life on Earth and a deeply personal threat to the mental and physical well-being—the sense of safety, meaning, and purpose—of each individual, family, and community on the planet.

Therapy is only one solution of many for combatting climate anxiety. You have a chance to hear directly from a climate-aligned therapist about concrete ways to cope with climate anxiety and a greater understanding of the mental health struggle associated with a warming planet. On April 28, 2022 at 4:30 PM, GrowNYC will be moderating a conversation between NYC high school students and Dr. Wendy Greenspun, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who serves on the board of directors of the Climate Psychology Alliance–North America.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from NYC high schoolers about how they are experiencing climate change and a professionally trained psychologist on ways to deal with it. If you are someone who may be suffering from climate anxiety or are concerned that your students or children are, consider tuning in on April 28.

We hope to see you there!

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