Day 1 Sustainatopias (10)

We are confirming our 2019 Summer Institute field expert presenters. Check back this month for updates!

2019 Institute Leaders

Katie Ginsberg

Katie Ginsberg, CELF Founder and Executive Director, oversees program development, partnerships, fund development and operations. She established the CELF Summer Institute in 2005 and has continued to work with leading educators from across the world to provide best practices in Education for Sustainability to K-12 educators and organizations.

Katie has conducted and participated in a broad range of seminars, conferences and courses on sustainability and on re-orienting education through global and place-based education. She works with thought leaders in this emerging educational paradigm who are advising schools and educational systems worldwide.

She was a featured presenter at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and has presented at national conferences such as AREDAY 2018, the EPA P3 Sustainable Design Expo and the Swedish Consulate. She served as Chair of the County Executive’s Westchester Global Warming Task Force for the Education Sector, which developed a blueprint to integrate sustainability across the campuses, curriculum and communities of Westchester, NY schools. Ginsberg graduated from Northwestern University with honors and BA in Psychology.

Vicky Garufi

As Director of Education, Vicky is responsible for guiding CELF's educator team in the planning and implementing all professional development programs. Prior to joining CELF, Vicky spent 12 years at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) in Yonkers. There she designed, implemented and oversaw all K-12 environmental education programs focused on the Hudson River. She provided outreach to connect school districts, community groups and Hudson River organizations to develop partnerships with CURB.

Vicky holds a BS in Psychobiology from Long Island University's Southampton College and a Master of Science in the Art of Teaching from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the subject area representative for environmental science through the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) and serves on the advisory board for the Regional Environmental Educators Forum. She also enjoys being a mentor to graduate students in the field of science and education.

Lisa Mechaley

As a CELF educator, Lisa collaborates with other education staff on the design, implementation and delivery of professional development programs. Prior to joining CELF, Lisa spent more than fifteen years teaching middle school science, served as education director for the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, worked as a staff developer through Bank Street College, and developed and conducted environmental programs for Hudson Valley conservation and educational organizations.

Most recently, Lisa worked for the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, developing and presenting the River of Words program -- mixing poetry, art and watershed science -- in the region’s schools. Through personal experience, she has come to appreciate how creative writing and drawing have deepened her connection with the natural world.

Lisa holds a B.A. in Biology with an Environmental Specialization from Central Connecticut State University and an M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University in Elementary Science Education. She is on the education advisory board of Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary and a board member of the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society. 

2019 Presenters

Maggie Favretti

As an expert in educational frameworks and collaborations (k-16), Maggie uses design thinking/creative problem solving to empower students to thrive by enhancing their skills, deepening their knowledge, and strengthening their own “superpowers” to make their world more sustainable, equitable, resilient and happy.  After 34 years encouraging students to engage in the real world (City 2.0, Students For Refugees, SHS Sustainable Garden Project) Maggie is delighted to be listener, catalyst, bridge-builder, teacher among teachers, and innovator among innovators in the service of Puerto Rico and the world.

Luz Guel

As the Project Coordinator for The Community Engagement Core (CEC) of the The Mount Sinai Transdiscliplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, my mission is to foster communication and collaboration among environmental health scientists and stakeholders (CBOs, clinicians, advocacy groups, policymakers) on the role of environmental exposures in children’s health, and strategies to build healthier environments, particularly in East Harlem and the South Bronx. We work together with diverse academic and community partners to translate research findings into evidence-based community engaged approaches that improve public health. The CEC ensures community concerns that affect the community’s health guide our Center’s environmental health research.  

Nassim Zerriffi

Nassim Zerriffi teaches history, current events and leads the activism project at Manhattan Country School. Nassim has 14 years experience leading students in designing and implementing activism campaigns that involve policy change, advocacy, and media creation in both public and private schools.