Action Program Update
We have refreshed our webpages and you can check
out the new Citizen Action brochure here. Learn about the program’s
focus, goals and accomplishments. Special thanks to Essex
Honoring the Future and Black
Urban Growers for
being awesome CitAc groups and their content contribution.
5:00pm - 6:30pm, Dr. Deceiverini Radio Play, at Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park
with Fred Matzner. Come hear a live cast perform classic ol’ time radio ‘Who
5:30 - 7pm, The Art in Our Gardens: "Everyday Heroes", at Bruce’s
Garden in Isham Park with Symphoni Sobers. There are potential heroes
everywhere. Every day that you see may bring with it opportunities to act upon
the hero within. Let's talk about it! Sing about it! Let's snap to spoken word
about it! Invite your friends. See you there!
Click here to read more about upcoming IPRP events.
May 21, 1:30-5pm,
GreenLaunch Gardening Day! at 53-21 Vernon Blvd, LIC. Help create spartina
habitat, weed out invasives, build a rain-permeable platform, organize
educational materials, care for habitat areas and orchard trees, make
seedballs, and other vital work to creating a green and welcoming space on the
Newtown Creek, a waterway that needs all the love it can get! Public volunteers
are welcomed to take brief paddling excursions with experienced staff
volunteers. Volunteers needed. Click here for more details. There will also be Gardening Days
on May 28 from 11am-4pm and May 29th from 9am-4pm.
May 30, 7-9:30pm, Manhattanhenge Afloat 1 at Gantry
Plaza State Park. Come see the sunset through the Manhattan grid, a beautiful
bit of accidental urban planning, aboard a kayak! HarborLAB provides boats and
safety equipment at Gantry Plaza State Park for brief introductory paddles
within a protected cove. Kid friendly. Event depends on both weather and water
quality. Watch the HarborLAB Facebook event listing for updated information. The second Manhattanhenge
Afloat of 2016 is July 11. Volunteers needed.
June 4, from
10am-3pm, Bunker and Bun-Ker Bound! at 53-21 Vernon Blvd, LIC. Learn about
what's been dubbed "The Most Important Fish in the
Sea" in a canoe tour of one of its haunts, the blighted Newtown Creek.
Sadly, in the creek last year we saw a large die-off of Menhaden, locally
called bunker fish. This swimming filter feeder can help control algal blooms
and is a fundamental prey fish in our oceanic ecosystem. This species has
periodically been severely overfished. The bunker fish canoe tour will stop
over for lunch at the famed Bun-Ker Vietnamese
restaurant. Click here for more details.
June 5, from
10am – 5pm, Gantry Plaza State Park Paddle Clinic at Gantry State Park. Come
learn basic kayaking paddle strokes from American Canoe Association certified
instructor Eun Jung "EJ" Lee, who is HarborLAB's operations chief!
She'll be assisted by other volunteers to ensure lots of individualized
attention. You'll learn basic paddle strokes to propel, turn, and reverse your
vessel. You'll also see basic rescue demonstrations and perhaps participate
yourself! With these skills you'll enjoy safe and fun estuary exploration, and
you'll be able to focus on environmental science learning and service. Event
followed by an "Instruction for Inclusion" Partner Paddle Clinic with
a youth education organization. Please apply for 12-20 participants by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject line "Youth Instruction at Gantry." Click here for more details.
Valley Growers Association
June 12 from
5 – 8 pm. Rondout Valley Growers Association are recipients of Mohonk
Consultations’ 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award! Please come celebrate with
them in the Mohonk Mountain House Parlor. RVGA’s mission is to strengthen the
ties between the Rondout Valley’s farms and the local community. The annual
Award ceremony will be followed by a reception with light fare from the Mohonk
Mountain House chefs and local farms. Click here to register. Advance registration is required. The
cost is $40 per person.
Receiving the award on behalf of RVGA are its
President Nicholas Cipollone and Executive Director Deborah DeWan. Photo by
The Garden Party benefiting Christopher Park on May 2 was a delightful
success. The event raised more than $6,000 for the park's upkeep. Special
thanks to Jeffrey's Grocery for providing all the essentials so that every
dollar donated goes directly to supporting the park.
On May 9, the
Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, and the Director of the National Park
Service, Jonathan Jarvis, joined city and state elected officials in a
community meeting to hear the voices of Greenwich Village residents in response
to a proposal to create a Stonewall National Monument, based in Christopher
Park. The grass-roots initiative to establish the first national monument to
commemorate LGBT rights in our country has gained broad support. It would
entail transferring Christopher Park from the city to the federal government.
(You may have seen recent stories about the initiative in the New
York Times, Washington
York Magazine or other media outlets.)
At RiverSweep, May 7, a total of 14 volunteers (plus a Dutchess County crew of 8 at Nutten Hook) cleaned
at Stuyvesant Falls, Swyer Preserve and Stuyvesant Landing, collecting an
estimated 30 bags of trash plus 7 old tires, a big roll of old fiberglass
insulation and one old TV set. We are grateful to Town of Stuyvesant and Cal
Burch and Martin Roby who took care of final trash bag disposal from all 4
sites. Mario’s True Value of Valatie NY and Lowell George of American Rivers
donated trash bags. Cal Burch repurposed used goat feed and bird seed bags for
sharp stuff as well. Here are pictures of happy trash collectors.
In May, with
funding from the Horace and Amy Hagadorn Fund, LICAN (Long Island Community
Agriculture Network) designed and installed a colorful children's garden at the
ELIJA School (Enlightening Long Island's Journey thorough Autism) in Levittown,
for the Honoring
the Future® Sustainability Award at the April 2016 Smithsonian
Craft Show in Washington, DC, brought a new dimension to the
prestigious 35-year old show’s 6,500 visitors: conversation about
sustainability. Each of the 18 participating artists posted a sign saying “Ask
Me About Sustainability” in their exhibition booth. The award winner,
Massachusetts ceramic artist Paula Shalan, estimates more than 80% of the
visitors to her booth invited her to explain how she draws inspiration from
national parks, uses local clay, and pit-fires with recycled fuel to “respect
our earth’s limited resources.” And the conversation continued beyond the Show:
Shalan’s award was featured in a Berkshire Eagle article on
“100 Everyday Amazing Individuals and groups.”
“Full Moon” ceramic bowl by Paula Shalan
On May 4 SPN held an event at Pratt School Architecture, as part of Programs for Sustainable Planning and
Development - “Giving More Than They Take: Net Zero in
NYC" Panel Discussion. Moderator: Max Driscoll, AIA, LEED AP BD+C;
Director Sustainable Development, SPN [business ecology]; Panelists: Deborah Moelis, AIA, Senior Associate,
Certified Passive House Designer, Handel Architects; Adrian Tuluca, Senior
Principal, Vidaris; John Lee, Deputy Director, Green Buildings and Energy
Efficiency, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Robert DaRos, Vice President
16, Compost for Brooklyn hosted their 7th tree giveaway in partnership with New
York Restoration Project. 150 trees went home with residents of Brooklyn,
Queens, and Staten Island. On May 7, they held a plant sale and compost
giveaway to raise funds for on-going projects. A new laminated sign is now
posted on the entrance gate that clearly highlights open hours for each month.
This is part of an effort to reach a multi-lingual community. They also recently
planted annual flowers, herbs and heir loom tomatoes to harvest and share with
neighbors this summer.
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