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Friday, July 28, 2017
7:00 - 9:30 pm
76 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
GrowNYC is excited to host a screening of the documentary film, Saving Jamaica Bay. Please join us for an educational evening highlighting one of New York's most important environmental resources. We are also happy to announce that GrowNYC's former Director of Environmental Education, Mike Zamm, will be in attendance to introduce the film and lead discussion.
Movie Description: Saving Jamaica Bay, a documentary that tells a story of how the community came together to fight government inaction in restoring Jamaica Bay, the largest open space in New York City. The film is narrated by Academy-Award winning actress Susan Sarandon and defines the importance of citizen action and the role of urban nature in protecting New York City from the effects of climate change. This film is a well-crafted depiction of how Jamaica Bay’ residences were transformed into urban environmentalists.
Mike Zamm: After seven years as an elementary school teacher in the south Bronx, Mike Zamm served as GrowNYC's Director of Environmental Education for 41 years. He created and administered the Training Student Organizers (TSO) program which motivated over 43,000 students (grades 4-college) to organize 1,000 environmental improvement projects in all five boroughs of NYC and the city's upstate drinking water watersheds. Mike was the primary author of "A Concept Paper on a High School for Environmental Studies in New York City" which convinced the then NYC Board of Education to open the city's first environmental high school in 1992. He still serves on the Board of the Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies. Mike is a graduate of City College and earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a major in urban and regional planning from New York University.
Mike also led the coalition which worked with the New York State Education Department in the 1980's and early 90's to infuse environmental concepts into all subject area syllabi.
In 1998 Mike received a lifetime achievement award from the Christadora Community.
He retired from GrowNYC in February, 2016. As a steering committee member of the Environmental Education Advisory Council (EEAC) he remains active in environmental education programming and policy.
The event is free, with is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.