Citizen Action Program News: June 2015

Upcoming Events

Butterfly Project NYC

Saturday, October 24th, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Fall Native Plant Share at Grove Hill Community Garden, East 158th Street and Eagle Avenue. Join Butterfly Project NYC and Bronx Green-Up for their annual fall native plant giveaway. Share growing and planting tips with other community and school gardeners. Following the workshop, prepare to take native plants back to your park, school, or community garden. Plants are available for planting in public spaces in NYC while supplies last. Sign-in will begin at 10:45 a.m. and registration is required. To register, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail

Christopher Park Alliance

It is fall planting time, and this year CPA has LOTS to plant as they continue their makeover of the long-neglected Christopher Park –now regaining its glory! The delivery of dozens of new plants coincides with the It's My Park Day celebrations bringing community volunteers to parks across NYC. Christopher Park Alliance and neighborhood volunteers will be getting their gloves dirty as they plant dozens of new shrubs and perennials in the park from 10 am until 2 pm Saturday, October 17th. Come help us put more shine on this neighborhood gem! They'll provide gloves, shovels, and smiles – no experience necessary. We hope you'll join! Click here to keep up with all of CPA’s news and events.

Growing Chefs

Growing Chefs just finished up its summer science culinary programming in its fifth year at the Garden School in Jackson Heights, Queens.  Annie Novak’s, Growing Chefs Executive Director, book – a guide to organic urban rooftop gardening – is officially listed online for pre-order! There will be an official book launch in February, with Growing Chefs taking the lead on delicious local food at the event!

November 18 th from 6-8pm. Annie will present at the Growing the Urban Farm Symposium. Other speakers include, Mchezaji Axum, Nevin Cohen and Karen Washington (Black Urban Growers). Click here for more.

Sustainability Practice Network

October 29th 6-8pm,'Impacts of Climate Change on Women in Developing Countries', panel discussion at Center for Global Affairs, NYU School of Professional Studies - Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, 4th floor, New York. Moderator: Chloe Demrovsky, Adjunct Instructor, Center for Global Affairs. Confirmed Panelists: Adela Gondek, Professor of Ethics, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Bridget Burns, Advocacy and Communications Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO); Invited Panelists: Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management; Senior Manager from UN Under Secretary General’s office.

Stuyvesant Pathways

Last week Sean Cummings, past Pathways founder and director, and neighbor Don Meltz forwarded their completed trail map brochure for Stuyvesant NY. See it here.

Past Events

Compost for Brooklyn

October 11 Tree Giveaway! 12-2pm at Compost for Brooklyn at the corner of Newkirk and 8th, Brooklyn. Follow Compost for Brooklyn on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with their news and events.

Rondout Valley Growers Association

Saturday September 26 from 3-9pm, Harvest Hoedown Local Food Barbecue!

Honoring the Future®

September 28 – October 1. Their climate art exhibit featuring Ichthys, a digital art image created to welcome Pope Francis’ U.S. visit and climate change message, is at work in Boston College, both as the symbol of the university’s 4-day conference on Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, see Event Schedule - Our Common Home - Boston College, and as an exhibit in Higgins Hall, the science building, where students will pass it daily on their way to and from class (see photo below).  After the conference, the print will be framed and placed on permanent exhibit. 

See Huffington Post article on the Pope’s visit to Pennsylvania and Honoring the Future’s EPA exhibition on 17th Street.

Rego Park Green Alliance

September 19 and 20 Queens Art Intervention 2015. 13 Communities, 30 Artists, 10,000 Impacted. Click here and here for press on the events.

White Roof Project

Congratulations to CitAc alum White Roof Project as they celebrate 5 years!

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