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NYC Public Schools and Lead

Making the Grade Reducing Lead in NY's Public School Drinking Water is a capstone project completed in collaboration by students within the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University and the Earth Institute under the leadership of Professor Kizzy Charles-Guzman. The client for this project was the New York League of Conservation Voters-Education Fund (NYLCV-EF).


The purpose of this project was to analyze data from 2016 lead test results within NYC public schools and demonstrate the remediation impact of lowering the action level of lead from 15 ppb to 5 ppb. The analysis involved creating graphics and visual to depict findings, showing that about 8% of schools will need some form of remediation if the action level is lowered to a more safer and healthier standard.

The other members of this capstone group included; Nelson Andujar, Olena Borkovska, Alisha Kurt, Juan Mesa, Jahan Nanji, Latoya Ramos, Lesley Seymour and Lily Zheng.


Public Health /

Sustainability Mgt


New York City Public Schools


Spring 2019

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