NYC wants to cut all greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050. What are greenhouse gases? Why should we cut them and what will it take?

In the fall of 2017, CUP collaborated with Teaching Artist Douglas Paulson and Sara Smithback’s Chemistry classes at the International High School for Health Sciences in Elmhurst, Queens to find out what greenhouse gases are, where they come from, and how they affect us.

To investigate, students participated in a scavenger hunt to examine the neighborhood’s carbon footprint, surveyed community members about climate change, and interviewed Rolando Guzman from St. Nick’s Alliance and Ross MacWhinney from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Students collaborated on a set of postcards to teach others about greenhouse gases, how they contribute to global climate change, and what we can do about it!

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Allan Acosta, Nick Berestko, Rachel Carreon, Nelson Gonzales, Chelsey Guzman, Carla Marie Medina, Jhosmary Medina, Sara Mesa, Lupe Morales, Jesus Moreno, Marzea Mukarrama, Bryan Paca, AnnJaelle Peters, Yarileidy Santiago, Damir Valiev, Laura Arias, Anjum Biswas, Genesis Cabrera, Michelle Cordero, Xenia Domininguez, Carlos Flores, Jose Guzman, Sonam Khangsam, Samia Moin, Kevin Mora, Shadia Nur, Ovi Sarkar, Rosemary Alejo, Arlette Balbuena, Parag Barua, Milena Berestko, Anne Bien Aime, Angel Cordero, Adrian Gomez, Saran Kaba, Eliver Matias, Valentina Perafan, Henry Siguencia, Jennifer Urgilez, Manuel Aguaiza, Sharmin Akter, Ahlam Alzokari, Martha Chimbo, Treisy Dotel, Camila Encarnacion, Anyhara Garcia, Julieth Henao, Sanjita Laky, Yuhe Lin, Karla Olivo, Gloria Perez, Wailyn Perez, Thom Pierre, Kevin Pinos, Mayra Torok, Suany Acosta, Joceline Cuzco, Lhakpa Dolma, Yairis Gil, Doston Khasanov, Lorraine Lumbres, Claudia Milian, Lisette Rivera, Diana Rocano, Arleny Rodriguez, Anastasia Sozdateleva, Dawa Tsering, Gladis Zhibri

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The International High School for Health Sciences helps new non-English speaking immigrant students acquire English language skills and develop the determination, compassion and discipline for successful college study in medicine, nursing, health counseling, research or in the administration of health care services.

Funding Support

This project was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Bay and Paul Foundations, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Irina Vinnitskaya


  • CUP
  • Teaching Artist
  • Douglas Paulson
  • Project Lead
  • Fielding Hong
  • Project Support
  • Frampton Tolbert,
    Jenn Anne Williams
  • International High School for Health Sciences 
  • Principal
  • Anthony Finney
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Sara Smithback