#ClimateWeekNYC: The Prince of Wales Visits Governors Island
Sep 19, 2023 2:49 pm
On September 18, Governors Island was honored to welcome William, the Prince of Wales, in honor of Climate Week NYC. The Prince, visiting New York City for the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit, spent the afternoon with Billion Oyster Project, meeting staff, volunteers, students from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, Trust for Governors Island President and CEO Clare Newman, and other Island stakeholders.
On Governors Island, the Prince got an inside look into Billion Oyster Project’s collaborative conservation efforts for sustaining marine life and maintaining water health through oyster reef cultivation. While on the Island, he learned firsthand about Billion Oyster Project’s vital work and its partnership with The Harbor School, speaking with students about their unique experiences attending high school in the heart of New York Harbor. He also participated in a shell sorting volunteer activity and met with several Billion Oyster Restaurant Partners before heading across the river to our friends at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where he explored oyster habitats with students from the Brooklyn Harbor School and even waded into the East River!
Governors Island is proud to be home to a growing community of year-round nonprofit and educational tenants working to combat the climate crisis, including Billion Oyster Project and New York Harbor School – who are also Community Partners in the New York Climate Exchange, Stony Brook University’s recently announced global hub for climate research, solution development, education, workforce training, and public programs on Governors Island.
Check out some more photos below, along with recent press coverage of this historic visit:
- Inside Prince William’s trip to New York City — The Today Show
- Prince William’s Visit to New York City Begins with a Rainy Afternoon in the Water — Town & Country Magazine
- Prince William Takes a Dip in New York’s East River - The New York Times
- Prince William Sees Oyster Reef Restoration Project on NYC Visit for Environmental Summit — Associated Press