Community Partners

The Institute is committed to developing partnerships with people and organizations that are working towards building a more sustainable global community.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is a legacy-based institute that facilitates convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, extending the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. In this way, they strive to catalyze the collective intelligence required to fully address the unprecedented challenges before us.

The Wright-Ingraham Institute is a private, non-profit education and research institution founded in Colorado in 1970. It was established to promote, direct, encourage, and develop opportunities contributing to the conservation, preservation, and wise use of human and natural resources.

The Sustainability Laboratory was established in 2008 by Dr. Michael Ben-Eli to help address urgent issues of sustainability facing the planet. To guide its activities, The Lab has developed its own unique, action-oriented conceptual framework, which takes a holisitic perspective and features cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

To guide its activities, The Lab has developed its own unique, action-oriented conceptual framework, which takes a holistic perspective and features cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration. - See more at:

The Sustainability Laboratory was established in 2008 by Dr. Michael Ben-Eli in order to help address urgent sustainability issues facing the planet.

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The Sustainability Laboratory was established in 2008 by Dr. Michael Ben-Eli in order to help address urgent sustainability issues facing the planet.

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The Architecture League of New York nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our time.

The Land Institute is a cutting edge, science-based organization that promotes an alternative to current destructive agricultural practices. Their work is dedicated to advancing perennial grain crops and polyculture farming solutions.

Catskill Mountainkeeper is an independent, not for profit, 501c3 community based environmental advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the long term health of the Catskill Region.

Citizens for Water (CFW) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to protecting and preserving America’s water resources today and for all future generations. CWF provides a forum for an ever-expanding network of regional and national experts in the field of environmental law, conservation, sustainable energy development, watershed and foodshed management. CWF engages audiences, policy makers, community leaders and citizens in the necessary and vital transition away from fossil fuel dependence to a renewable clean energy future.

Fourth Arts Block (FAB) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by cultural and community groups to establish and advance the East 4th Street Cultural District, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. FAB provides a variety of services to its member organizations including leading the development and conversion of 100,000 square feet of cultural space, marketing and promotion of the district, as well as offering discount ticketing and other community events and programs.

Damascus Citizens For Sustainability is collaborating with universities; national, regional, and local organizations; business and community leaders; elected officials; farmers; artists; and citizens to preserve and protect clean air, land, and water. Because pure water is not only your civil right, but also your inalienable human right.

Earth Day New York is a low-overhead, broadly educational non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes environmental awareness and solutions

EarthJustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

I ♡ H20 is an organization that seeks both to inspire water-conservation action through creativity and design, and to raise awareness of the need to protect our water resources. We support the development of design solutions for a sustainable future by hosting social events, exhibitions, workshops and competitions.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

NYC Friends of Clearwater, Inc. is a chartered sloop club of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. We support Clearwater by teaching people to protect the Hudson River and related waterways and shores, including New York Harbor through education, advocacy, and celebration.

Bill Haney has written, produced and directed award winning documentary and narrative features for ten years. In addition to filmmaking, Bill is founder of the eco-housing startup Blu Homes, using advanced technology to make housing greener, healthier and more affordable. He is also chairman of World Connect, a non-profit supporting programs to help women and children in 400 developing world villages. The Last Mountain Movie

NYH20, Inc. is a nonprofit advocacy group based in New York City that is dedicated to protecting New York's water resources from the threat posed by the gas extraction industry. The industry has targeted the Southern Tier of New York State, including New York City's Catskill-Delaware Watershed that provides pristine, unfiltered water to 9 million New York residents.

United for Action is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions byorganizing and mobilizing groups of like minded citizens. Our current focus is to stop the process of hydraulic fracturing of gas wells in the Midatlantic States and Nationally.




  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.