Citizen Action News - September 2016

Christopher Park Alliance and OSI Staff CITAC

OSI staff with the Christopher Park Alliance, NYC    

Citizen Action Program Updates

CitAc Exchange
OSI staff spent a day learning more about Citizen Action projects. Six CitAc Projects hosted 14 OSI staff members and 2 family members. Staff organized educational materials with Growing Chefs, broke down raised beds and transplanted plants with Sprout, spread mulch and composted food scraps with Compost for Brooklyn, gardened with Christopher Park Alliance, and volunteered with HarborLAB at their Solstice Paddle event in Long Island City. It was a great opportunity for project leaders to learn more about OSI as well as for staff bonding. Many thanks to our hosts! We hope this will become an annual event.

Upcoming Events

Sustainability Practice Network
September 22, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Panel Discussion Invitation. “Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience" at Baruch College, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity-Room 750, 151 E. 25 Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue). This panel will examine how leading businesses are adapting to climate change and moving to mitigate its impact, while seeking ways to engage the SDGs in the years to come. Panelists will include civil society leaders and executives from companies spotlighted in Adapting to Change: Emerging Business Approaches to Climate Resilience, authored by panel moderator Dr. Ann Goodman. The session will offer attendees a chance to explore: The progress of companies in building climate resilience into operations and goals; What corporate leaders have done to make their companies more resilient - before, during and since the Paris Agreement - and their plans going forward; What motivates companies to build climate resilience; How it benefits them and other stakeholders; Costs incurred and obstacles that remain. RSVP:

Sept 25. Floating Peace Lantern Festival. A Day of Meditation, Music, and Water Activities to Celebrate the UN International Day of Peace. Speakers list to be updated in coming weeks. Invited are elected representatives, scientists, spiritual leaders, and UN officials. Click here for more information.

Talk Trash City
September 27. Inaugural Talk Trash City Event! Come hear four pitches for solutions to NYC’s waste management problems, and select your favorite. The pitch with the most votes will receive seed funding to implement the idea. For details, click here.

Climate Art & Action Exhibition-Honoring The Future CITA

Honoring the Future ®
August 28 - October 2, 2016. Climate Art & Action Exhibition Opens at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center. Honoring the Future® is presenting Climate Art & Action, an exhibition of photographs and sculptural art objects addressing impacts of, and solutions to, climate change, at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA from August 28 - October 2, 2016.  A reception on September 8, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm featured climate education talks by Fran Dubrowski, Director of Honoring the Future, and Dr. Changwoo Ahn, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and founder of the university’s EcoScience + Art initiative. The exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Butterfly Project NYC
October 5 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Butterfly Count Workshop at La Finca Del Sur Urban Farm - East 138th Street and Grand Concourse. Are you interested in monarch conservation? Do you love spending time outdoors and with your neighbors? Butterfly Project NYC is looking for people to take part in the North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count Program in October ( Join Bronx Green-Up during the workshop, where we will review how to get involved, the basic steps for counting butterflies, and practice! Participants should plan on setting aside some time to observe and collect data on butterflies before the end of October.

Christopher Park Alliance
October 15. It’s My Park Day – Volunteers Welcome. Join volunteers of Christopher Park Alliance as they spruce up the gardens and grounds of Christopher Park, the heart of the new Stonewall National Monument (rain date Oct. 16). They'll provide gloves and tools. Click here to join!

Friends of Gulick Park
October 23. Last "It's My Park Day" before construction. Pumpkins to paint, face painting and more. Click here for up-to-date information.

Black Urban Growers
November 4-6. Black Urban Growers (BUGs) and partners are pleased to present the 6th annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference, convening farmers, students, consumers, activists and food justice organizations from across the country! From Southern Roots to Northern Shoots:  Honoring the History of Black Agriculture is the theme of this year’s conference. Through engaging, participatory workshops, panel discussions and networking events, explore the Southern roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture, reclaiming Black cultural food ways and rebuilding thriving Black communities. The 5th annual conference will be held at Harlem Renaissance High School, 22 E 128th St, New York, NY.
Click here to register.

Essex Farm Institute
October. Date TBD – Welding 101 – This workshop will cover a basic overview of different metals that are commonly used in the farming field, mainly identifying these metals and determining which welding process is appropriate for each.  Since there are so many welding procedures for different materials, they will focus on MIG welding mild steel. Mild steel is the most common material in almost all farm equipment, and MIG welding is the most practical form of both mild steel fabrication and repair. Most of the workshop will be hands on, learning how to the set up a welder, understanding how a MIG welder works, and finally welding scrap pieces of steel to one another in different positions. There are two MIG welders for use, so everybody can get a decent amount of welding time. No experience necessary. Registration Required email Limited Space.

Growing Chefs
Growing Chefs participated in a workshop at the Gardens at Clock Barn in the Concord area of Massachusetts as part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program highlighting the importance of monarch butterflies as pollinators and examining how the changes in our food system over the last century has impacted their habitat.  They are also participating in a workshop in partnership with the Smoky Mountains Tremont Institute.

Past Events

Honoring the Future Student Mosaic CITAC

Honoring the Future ®
Honoring the Future Launches Student Climate Art Mosaic. “This was one of the most fun projects EVER,” exclaimed an enthusiastic middle schooler, one of 37 students from Philadelphia, Hialeah, FL, and Washington, DC who created art to “tell the world about climate change.”

Honoring the Future® launched an online collection of their work – assembled in a digital “Climate Art Mosaic” designed to grow with contributions from across the nation. Now students can add their voices to our national conversation on climate change, witness the power of collaboration, and learn how we can come together to advance climate solutions. 

Kensington Stewards
Avenue C Plaza in Kensington hosted a free showing of classic subway film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" on Sep. 1. Approximately 50 people attended. The Kensington Stewards are looking forward to hosting more in the future.

Isham Park Restoration Program
Friday, September 9. Police Officer Bruce Reynolds Way Co-naming Ceremony. In continuing the tradition of honoring those of the neighborhood who fell on 9/11. The section of Park Terrace East south of 215th Street was co-named for Bruce Reynolds, a Port Authority police officer who died while attempting to rescue people trapped in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Reynolds grew up in Inwood and was also known for his work as a volunteer gardener. Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park is also named in his honor.

Compost for Brooklyn CITAC Before and After CITAC

Compost for Brooklyn
This summer C4B successfully received and spread 80 cubic feet of mulch for their garden paths and beds. This effort was accomplished with help from friends, local youth and OSI staff on a garden workday June 23, 2016. Compost for Brooklyn also participated in the community compost site recognition program conducted through NYC Department of Sanitation. They received an A+ rating for best practices in site management, site design, compost process and community engagement.

Stuyvesant Pathways
Volunteers collaborated with the Depot Committee, the Friends of Lindenwald, Riverview Cafe, Members of the Ghent Band and the Lindenwald National Historic Site, American Legion Post 47,  the Town of Stuyvesant and the Village of Kinderhook to hold a Re-enactment of the Homecoming of Martin Van Buren on August 13th 2016.  This event served to highlight to ongoing restoration of the historic Stuyvesant Depot as the arrival of President Van Buren and Attorney General Benjamin Butler occurred at Stuyvesant Landing. The Depot hosted a collection of framed political cartoons from Van Buren’s campaign on loan from Lindenwald. Volunteers recruited re-enactors, designed advertising, made refreshments, decorated the Stuyvesant Fire  Company Boat to look like the Steamboat Albany. It was a great event despite 100F weather!


Long Island Community Agriculture Network
LICAN built 10 new garden beds at the gateway community garden in Huntington station that are reserved for vets who use the Harry Chapin Food Pantry as a source of groceries. We have a great group of vets gardening there now with LICAN coaching. Extra vegetables grown beyond the needs of vet families are being donated back to the food pantry by the vets. Nice loop! Check out the Newsday article covering their work.

Renewable Highlands
Renewable Highlands is working to shift communities in the Hudson Highlands region towards environmentally conscious energy consumption and set a model that other communities can follow. And they launched their new website! Click here to learn about their work and how to get involved.

Rondout Valley Growers Association
RVGA has been busy since graduating from Citizen Action and becoming an independent nonprofit. They received the Pride of Ulster County Award in recognition of their grassroots effort organizing farmers and neighbors committed to celebrating, educating and advocating about the importance of local farming. Click here and here to read about their activities.

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