Christine Curella ’08 of Hunter and Macaulay Honors Colleges Selected to Attend UN Climate Negotiations

October 27, 2010 | Macaulay Honors College

Christine Curella, a 2008 graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, will represent US youth at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Mexico later this year. 


Curella was selected from applicants across the country to serve on a delegation with about 20 other young people from SustainUS, a volunteer-led youth organization for sustainable development.

While at the UN conference, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 10, she’ll work with about 1,000 youths from more than 75 countries to press international leaders for fair and equitable solutions to global climate problems.

At Hunter College of The City University of New York, Curella was a Macaulay Honors College student and created a major in urban planning and international development through the Thomas Hunter program. While a student, Curella put her studies to work in New York City and cities in Argentina, China, India, Germany and South Africa, exploring the interconnectedness of urban poverty and environmental degradation and working to find sustainable solutions.

Since graduating in 2008, Curella has worked in Washington, D.C. at the World Bank Inspection Panel and participated in the Truman-Albright and WeLEAD programs for leaders in public service. She also participated in the International Honors Program’s course on Cities in the 21st Century, where she explored the ways in which geography, politics, and culture shape individuals and communities.

Currently at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Curella is working to develop the agency’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.

About the UN conference: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was created in 1992 to solve the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions and its effects on development. Negotiators from 194 countries will meet in Mexico this year to continue negotiations after Copenhagen.

About SustainUS: SustainUS is a national, volunteer-based youth organization that empowers young people to create a more sustainable world through involvement in international summits and grassroots activities. Through its Agents of Change program, U.S. youth have the opportunity to participate in several UN conferences, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Commission on Social Development. Learn more at www.sustainus.org.

About Macaulay Honors College
Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. With the admission of the Class of 2014, Macaulay marks the beginning of its tenth year. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see macaulay.cuny.edu.

Contact: Rich Dikeman, 212-729-2928.