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  • Summer Internship Application Open!

    The Human Impacts Institute is currently accepting applications for our highly competitive Summer 2014 internship program.  

    Internships will last for 12 weeks. There are two options for internships: 12 weeks in NYC or a Leiden/NYC combination.  For the Leiden/NYC option, Phase 1 of the internship will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, for 6 weeks (mid-May to end-of-June) under the supervision of Human Impacts Institute Executive Director and Founder, Tara DePorte. Phase 2, the second 6 weeks (July to mid-August), will be held in New York City. Only applicants available for the full term (Middle of May to Middle of August 2014--with some flexibility for start and end dates) and who can commit a minimum of 20 hours per week will be considered. Preference will be given to those to can commit 30-40 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. Learn more>>

    Applications for summer internships are due Monday, April 28th, 2014, by midnight EST

  • ProgramsPrograms

    The programs of the Human Impacts Institute foster creativity in sustainability through experiential education, creative engagement, and collaborative partnerships. All programs are adapted to the specific needs of participants and are based upon staff availability.

  • ServicesServices

    The Human Impacts Institute offers a diversity of environmental services geared towards engaging communities in positive social change. Options include professional certification programs, learning retreats, and environmental consulting services for home, business, and organization. Learn more.

  • SupportSupport

    You can join the Human Impacts Institute community by donating services, supplies, or funds to us today! All donations are tax-deductible and support our mission to foster creativity in sustainability. You can also join us by following our latest projects, partnerships, and events on our blog, joining us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more.



  • The Latest at HII: Ed, Art, and Action!

  • Spring into Action w/FREE Workshops NYC

    Register for Spring workshops and volunteer opportunities by providing your full name, email, phone to Info@HumanImpactsInstitute.org or calling (917) 727 9761. Please, specify the workshop title in your registration.

  • Kids BrunchCRAFT Earth Day Edition!

    Saturday, April 19, 11am – 1pm
    Location: Isa (2nd floor), 348 Wythe Ave @ S2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
    Space is limited.
    Registration recommended.

    Join the Human Impacts Institute for brunchCRAFT Earth Day edition. Bring your little ones (all ages welcome) to do some earth-inspired arts and crafts projects in preparation for Earth Day. ________________________________________________
  • Tree Care Tuesday 2014 Begins

    Tuesday, April 22, 5pm – 7pm
    Location: Brooklyn Arbor School 325 South 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY, 11211 Meet on South 3rd Street between Keap and Rodney Streets.
    Space is limited.
    Registration recommended.

    Jon the Human Impacts Institute’s for 2014's Tree Care Tuesdays and help beautify NYC neighborhoods, create community relationships, promote green space, mitigate air pollution, and prevent stormwater runoff.

    Tree care sessions involve community volunteers, alongside HII crew cleaning-up, aerating and mulching tree beds and planting bulbs in the tree bed soil all while spending quality time with your community and mother nature. See the full schedule of events and locations for 2014 here:

    Human Impacts Institute will provide supplies for tree care. Participants should bring water bottles, sunblock, a hat, and any other personal items. Participants under 18 need to be accompanied by a guardian. ________________________________________________
  • Decoding Cleaning Labels for Health

    Thursday, April 24th, 2014 6:30pm-8pm
    Location: Isa (2nd floor), 348 Wythe Ave @ S2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
    Space is limited.
    Registration recommended.

    Have you ever felt completely lost by the long aisles of cleaning products at the store? Which is the best product? Does “natural” mean healthy? Is this product safe? What is “eco-friendly”? Spend the evening at the lovely Isa in Brooklyn with Human Impacts Institute and special guest speaker Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman, Director of Environmental Health at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, to learn about dissecting confusing labels. Discover with us the best ways to determine the safest cleaning products for you and your loved ones.

    This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program. ________________________________________________
  • Water Pollution Prevention Volunteer Day!

    Saturday, April 26th, 2014, 2pm-5pm
    Location: 2pm beginning at East River State Park,
    90 Kent Ave @ N8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
    Space is limited. Registration recommended.

    Did you know we dump 27 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater into our Harbor every year?  Help stop illegal dumping and reduce water pollution at the Human Impacts Institute’s Community Water Pollution Prevention Volunteer Day!  Join the Human Impacts Institute and our partners to help install three hundred  “No Dumping, Leads to Waterways”  Storm Drain Plaques along the North Brooklyn Waterfront and to give our community an Earth Week spring cleaning! All supplies will be provided.

    This project was funded by a cooperative agreement awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. ________________________________________________

  • Brooklyn Waterfront Treasures Bike Tour

    Sunday, April 27th, 2014
    Location: 1pm beginning at street side of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, 1 Water St. Brooklyn, NY 112014.
    See the full bike route here>>
    Space is limited. Registration required.

    Spring is finally here! Wrap up Earth Week and join the Human Impacts Institute Crew on a free bike tour up the Brooklyn coast of the East River. Participants must provide their own bike, helmet, water, and any other necessary personal items. Youth are welcome with adult supervision.

    The tour will stop at various iconic locations where a special guest speaker will give a different talk about the East River waterfront, including:
    Brooklyn Bridge Park: Connecting the Waterfront w/Sustainable Transportation w/Bill DiPaola, Times Up!
    Grand Ferry Park: Tracking Community Changes: Interactive Maps w/Wendy Brawer, Green Map System
    East River State Park: History of Our Brooklyn Waterfront, w/Parks Ranger, NYS Parks
    WNYC Transmitter Park: Life on the waterfront--plants and animals w/Jason Beury, NYC Parks Gardener
    Newtown Creek Nature Walk: Understanding combined sewer overflows and water pollution prevention
    w/Korin Tangtrakul, SWIM Coalition

    This project was funded by a cooperative agreement awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. ________________________________________________
  • Human Impacts Boston: Putting Some STEAM into Climate Change Innovation

    Exploring the intersections of science, technology and education
    Thursday, May 15th, 6-9:30pm

    Location: Goethe-Institut (Boston)

    German Consulate BostonThe Human ImpactsInstitute is traveling to Boston, Massachusetts where we will host an evening event dedicated to examining education for a changing climate. Join us Goethe Institutfor an evening of engagingdiscussion from a diversity of Boston's community leaders andthinkers and thought-provoking performances from local artists dedicatedto shedding some light on environmental andeducational issues.  

    Learn more/register>>

    Thanks to the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Program, Goethe-Institut Boston, German Consulate General of Boston, This is an official Together Boston event.. ________________________________________________
  • Check out our 2013 Human Impacts Salons!

    Did you miss our "Creative Climate" Human Impacts Salon series with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Program of Germany in 2013? You can listen to them, watch them, or see little teasers of our events in Atlanta, DC, and Miami! Check them out here>>
  • Ten Days of Climate Action: Art and Climate

    Take a peak at the third year of Ten Days of Climate Action, where creative minds inspire audiences to take on climate change. This year brought theatre, dance, music, photography and more to the streets of NYC, London and Sydney. Watch artist interviews and video from 2013 works!

    Read more about the 2013 Ten Days of Climate Action>> ________________________________________________