Citizen Action Program News: June 2015

Upcoming Events

Honoring the Future
Will you add your name to a letter welcoming Pope Francis’ Climate Change Message and U.S. visit? Please consider being part of these historic events by joining in a letter welcoming Pope Francis and his leadership on climate change. Click here to view the letter and digital art.

Long Island Community Agriculture Network
With funding from the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund, LICAN is offering a series of free Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshops in four community sites across Long Island. This workshop presents an overview of organic vegetable gardening techniques and offers practical tips on how to plan and plant a vegetable garden or maximum productivity. Topics include garden design, soil enrichment, succession planting, and pest management. Click here for more information.

Rego Park Green Alliance
Sunday May 23 at 63rd Drive between Alderton and Austin Rego Park. There will be a collaborative community outdoor installation. RPGA is also launching a new residency using VR technology to create compelling stories around art, culture, and sustainability.

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Sustainable Flatbush
SF Is happy to announce that their Healing Herb Garden and Compost programs are now part of Q Gardens—the neighborhood's newest community garden, located at Church Avenue and East 18th Street. Check out blog posts here and here to learn more about what's going on! Also stay tuned for updates on their very popular FREE herbal workshop series held each summer in partnership with Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and other new and exciting community projects they will be a part of in the coming months. Here's to a great season!

Note: Q Gardens compost open hours: Wed. 6:30 – 8:30pm; Sat.  11am – 1pm; Sun.  3 – 5pm

Past Events 

BiomimicryNYC held a BioBeers event on April 13 to help launch a white paper by one of their partner organizations, Terrapin Bright Green. The event was attended by over 100 people and held in the Loft Space of Pier A's Harbor House, overlooking the Hudson River. The white paper, entitled "Tapping into Nature: the future of Energy, Innovation and Business" details 101 bio-inspired and biomimetic innovations across 9 industry sectors and where they are in the marketplace - from early concepts to profitable commercial products. This report illuminates how, "innovative companies are abstracting strategies from the natural world and developing truly transformative technologies" that can help man-made products, systems and services be not only sustainable, but create added, regenerative value, just like nature.

Butterfly Project NYC
Native Plant Share  was held on May 16 at Grove Hill Community Garden, East 158th Street and Eagle Avenue. Join Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden, Butterfly Project NYC, and Grow to LearnNYC to find out more about the connections between native plants and pollinators and how to encourage them in urban landscapes. This year’s workshop is once again part of NYC Wildflower Week. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit  Many thanks to their partners at City Parks Foundation, NYC Wildflower Week, and GreenThumb/NYC Parks.

Christopher Park Alliance
Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m Garden Party to Benefit Christopher Park.
Christopher Park Alliance and Jeffrey's Grocery invite you to an evening of wine and cheese to celebrate spring and to benefit our neighborhood park. Minimum donation $20 (tax deductible).

Friends of Dover Parks
Wednesday, April 22. The Seventh Annual Dover Earth Day from 9:30am - 1pm at Dover High School/Middle School, Dover Plains, NY

Several local organization came together to celebrate Earth Day with our kids. The energy in the room comes from the enthusiasm of the students, their teachers and the Administration. They are welcoming six new exhibitors this year. Organizations that care about conservation in the Harlem Valley, demonstrate how to sustainably harvest our natural resources, provide a hands-on experience of the natural world, develop creative ways to address resource protection and conservation, and equally importantly, share with the students of the Dover School District their knowledge, appreciation and enthusiasm for getting out in nature!

Honoring the Future

The Smithsonian Craft Show partnered with Honoring the Future to announce the Sustainability Prize. The first “Honoring the Future Sustainability Award” was presented at the April 22 opening of the 2015 Smithsonian Craft Show. 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, served as judge. Click here to learn about the award winner, Leah Evans.

Rego Park Green Alliance

Creative Challenge in 3D Printing Sunday, May 17 at P.S. 175 Rego Park, NY

Over 18 teams from NYC/NJ show their design and fabrication skills to the community and compete for awards.

Stuyvesant Pathways
Pathways volunteers supported a major educational and historic event at the Stuyvesant Depot to fund its restoration: The 150th year Commemoration of the Lincoln Funeral Train. Various historic lectures, re-enactments and concerts were held around the County. The main event for Stuyvesant's Depot was held on April 25th 2015 and included an opening performance of the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful by the Ichabod Crane High School Band and Chorale, multiple cannon salutes by re-enactors of the MA 9th Light Artillery, an original play "Passings" by Kate McLeod, fiddler Aldo Lavaggi, historic presentations by various re-enactors portraying Walt Whitman, Mary Todd Lincoln, diarist Elizabeth Miller, Solomon Northrup, and others. About 200 people attended, many were inspired to donate to the Town's Depot Restoration Fund.

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