Citizen Action News - April 2016
Compost for Brooklyn Tree Giveaway
Honoring the Future April 21˗24 Sustainability Prize
The “Honoring the Future® Sustainability Award” will be presented at preview night April 20, prior to the April 21 opening of the 2016 Smithsonian Craft Show.
This is only the second time in the Show’s history such an award is being offered. The award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, recognizes an artist whose work educates the public about climate change or inspires or models a sustainable response to climate change. Lloyd Herman, founding Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, will serve as judge.
Sara Drower, "We are Poisoning Ourselves" (MINIATURE QUILT)
April 23, 11am- 4 pm at 53-21 Vernon Blvd, Queens, New York 11101. Earth Day Gardening and Seedball Making! Come help make burlap bag planters for spartina, seedballs for native wildflowers, and continue our lasagna composting! We'll also work on our permeable platform for the trailer and events.
Students and volunteers spreading cocoa shells and burlap bags on the waterfront to revitalize soil on the Long Island City waterfront of the Newtown Creek
April 24, 11 am – 3pm at Washington Square Park. World Water Walk Dry Run. In much of Africa and South Asia, women walk an average of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) for water. This is a 6K-Plus walk up Fifth Avenue from the Washington Square Park fountain to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park to raise awareness, and possibly funds, to address this crisis. To participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Water Walk." Also join here.
April 27, 7:30am- 7:30pm. Carpools leave from LIC. Neversink Reservoir Site Meeting. We need a team of volunteers to visit the Neversink Reservoir for training, orientation, and to address basic issues of storage and programming. This will activate their second boat fleet, made possible by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, on the Neversink Reservoir. Our programs will introduce inner city public school students to our pristine water sources in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Click here to register.
Rondout Valley Growers Association
April 24, 3pm-6pm at Rondout High School Auditorium, 122 Kyserike Rd, Accord: “Unsung Heroes: Songs of Our Elder Farmers A musical celebration of our farming heritage!” Join SageArts and the Rondout Valley Growers for a performance of songs. Songwriters/Performers will include Heather Masse, Tom Holland, Mark Brown, Kelleigh McKenzie and Vickie Russell who have originated songs about the lives of Elder Farmers Jack Schoonmaker, Wayne Kelder, Frank Coddington, Bill Wilklow, Abe Waruch, Jackie Brooks and Rima Nickell. Concert Director will be Ralph Legnini. Come learn about the farming life and celebrate those who have been dedicated to farming our land and growing amazing food for all of us! Click here for tickets.
The Haven at Skanda
April 24, 1-3pm at 4000 Mosley Road, Cazenovia: “Help a Horse Day”. The Haven at Skanda celebrates National Help a Horse Day by welcoming the community to the farm for a free day of workshops and activities focused on horse rescue. The children’s workshop will teach children to be safe around horses, and the kids will learn to groom a horse and feed treats. The adult workshop will focus on how to recognize a horse in need of help, what steps to take to responsibly assist, and what to avoid. They will also focus on how to safely care for a horse you buy at auction, when it has an unknown history. RSVP: marion@thehavenatskanda
Honoring the Future
Alaskan Journey Art Exhibition Comes to Downtown Philadelphia. Artwork by two Philadelphia artists, who traveled to Alaska to meet with scientists, examine the impacts of climate change, and paint and photograph what they saw, is featured in an exhibition which opened March 7, 2016 and will continue throughout the spring at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional headquarters at 1650 Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia. The exhibition is installed in the huge 54-foot long set of windows facing out toward 17th Street so anyone walking by can see; there is no need to enter the building. See press release here.
The Kensington Stewards
April 3, 1-5pm at Avenue C and McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. In anticipation of the plaza’s unveiling, The Kensington Stewards hosted a celebration at the site, featuring Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), Ritmosis, an Afro-Cuban Latin Band, a Bangla Fitness class run by Taseen Ferdous, The Feringhees, a New York City based Bangla band, The Famous Accordion Orchestra and the Uni Pop-Up library. Click here for a report on the day’s events.
Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (Photo Jole Carliner)
April 5, 7:30 am-7:30pm, carpool leaves from LIC. A team of volunteers visited the Neversink Reservoir for training, orientation, and to address basic issues of storage and programming. This will activate their second boat fleet, made possible by the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, on the Neversink Reservoir. Their programs will introduce inner city public school students to our pristine water sources in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.
Neversink Reservoir training w/ DEP and Neversink Reservoir training
Sustainability Practice Network
April 14, 6:00 – 8:00pm at NYU Kaufman Management Center, 44 W 4th Street, Room M2-60: “Big Data and Sustainable Development" Panel Discussion. Moderator: Vasant Dhar, Professor, NYU Center for Data Science; Editor-in-Chief, Big Data Journal; Invited Panelists: Justine Dowdon, Data Analyst Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Shaida Badiee, Managing Director of Open Data Watch; Nicole Barberis, Senior Data Scientist, Bloomberg LLP; Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen, PhD Astrophysicist; Michael Wallace, Managing Director, Brown Flynn.
Modern Farmer interviewed Annie Novak! Click here to read about her new book and work with Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and Growing Chefs.
Compost for Brooklyn
On April 16, at Newkirk Ave. and 8th St., Kensington, Brooklyn. The Office of City Council Member Eugene & Compost for Brooklyn hosted a successful Tree Giveaway in partnership with NYRP.
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