Students started off the day with an icebreaker that asked them to imagine that they had just inherited a prime piece of real estate: a large plot of underdeveloped land near a river. They had to work in groups to develop shops, homes, businesses, and other living necessities on the riverbank, in the most sustainable ways they could think of.
Students came up with great ideas that were inspired by many of the things they've learned in the program so far, such as: solar-powered rooftops, use of the river as a source of hydroelectric power, green spaces, farmer's markets, windmills, energy-saving appliances, etc.
Later in the day, students took a trip to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. They learned about how the subway system was made, walked through old train cars and compared them with the ones today, and discussed how the MTA has tried to incorporate more sustainable and environmentally-friendly elements over the years.
A couple of interesting facts that surprised most of us: