Citizen Action Program News: October 2016

HarborLab Lantern Festival

HarborLab Lantern Festival

HarborLAB is a new addition to OSI’s fiscal sponsorship program, Citizen Action, which fosters the growth and success of community-based organizations focused on environmental causes. Since March 2016, OSI has helped HarborLAB structure it’s budget, assess risk, develop its board, engage partners and assess fundraising strategies.The Peace Lanterns Festival was a very successful recent event - the largest ever public, on-water event within a half-mile radius of the Newtown Creek Superfund zone.

HarborLAB and the Buddhist Council of New York produced a very meaningful Peace Lanterns Festival for thousands of participants of all faiths, philosophical traditions, and cultures to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. It was held at Gantry Plaza State Park, directly across the East River from the United Nations. HarborLAB Founder and Executive Director Erik Baard and Buddhist Council of New York President Rev.TK Nakagaki, partnered to organize this annual Peace Day event, which builds upon the lantern ceremonies they began together in 2002 in response to the attacks of 9/11.

Volunteers put over 200 people on the water for afternoon kayaking, distributed environmental education literature, painted faces, gave henna tattoos, and helped people decorate lanterns to be flated . The Origami Therapy Association instructed newbies in the contemplative art. Mambo Tse of Siren Protectors of the Rain Forest, a Brooklynite born in Cameroon and new HarborLAB volunteer, even led scores of people in a session of Afrodancercise.

This joyful activity was accompanied by peaceful meditation practices led by recognized leaders in the field, and followed by interfaith prayers and remarks on the topic of peace and the environment by clergy, UN officials, and CUNY LaGuardia Community College biologist Sarah Durand, PhD (who collaborates on waterways ecology projects with HarborLAB).  It culminated in public participants setting afloat the 100 lanterns they decorated with messages and images honoring peace and the beauty of nature.

Halloween Tricks and Treats

CITAC Bleeker Street ParadeFriends of Bleeker Playground HalloweenFriends of Bleecker Playground
October 23 at 10am – 4pm. West Village Children’s Halloween Festival at Bleecker Playground. FoBP’s annual Halloween Fundraising event, where 500+ kids get to show off their imaginative costumes. There will be great shows for all to enjoy including: Loonie Louie the magician, a puppet show, activities such as pumpkin and cupcake decorating. A fabulous DJ, Mark Flynn. Hayrides and photo booth and so much more. Click here for more details

 

 

Friends of Gulick Park
October 23. "It's My Park Day" from 2-4 pm at Luther Gulick Playground (Willett Street between Delancey and Grand on the Lower East Side). There will be pumpkin painting, crafts, bulb planting, and refreshments. Click here for up-to-date information.

Isham Park Restoration Program
October 24  from 3-6pm. Garden Halloween Decorating. Come decorate the garden for Halloween! And then swing by on October 31 from 3-6pm for a Costume Party!! Fun for all ages, there’s be sweets, treats and more. Click here to read about upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Compost for Brooklyn
On October 23, Compost for Brooklyn will host a volunteer recognition event to acknowledge the fine work of all the volunteers who keep the project going. The hot dry summer has kept Compost for Brooklyn busy with watering and weeding the garden as well as composting food scraps. Their first milkweed, a gift from Greenbridge Garden Alliance, was planted in September with the help of volunteers from Yachad Adult Day Care. They hope this new addition will attract monarch butterflies since milkweed is their only food source. Compost for Brooklyn is proud to have been recognized by the NYC Compost Project for excellence in site design and management, compost process and community engagement.

Black Urban Growers
November 4-6. Black Urban Growers (BUGs) and our 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.

Compost for Brooklyn
On October 23, Compost for Brooklyn will host a volunteer recognition event to acknowledge the fine work of all the volunteers who keep the project going. The hot dry summer has kept Compost for Brooklyn busy with watering and weeding the garden as well as composting food scraps. Their first milkweed, a gift from Greenbridge Garden Alliance, was planted in September with the help of volunteers from Yachad Adult Day Care. They hope this new addition will attract monarch butterflies since milkweed is their only food source. Compost for Brooklyn is proud to have been recognized by the NYC Compost Project for excellence in site design and management, compost process and community engagement.

Sustainability Practice Network
October 18 discussion panel from 6-8pm. 'The Biophilic Workplace - What's Old is New Again' at Pratt School Architecture, Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development - 144 West 14th Street, New York, NY. What’s old is new again. As we become an increasingly urban population, living in zero-culture ecosystems, it has become necessary to re-discover nature in ways that were intuitive just a few generations ago. Daylight - yes please! Multi-directional views to the outside - yep! Visual diversity, texture, color, prospect, and refuge - of course! The biophilic workplace has become emblematic of this re-discovery effort by both designers and corporations - perhaps as a way to improve both occupant experience and productivity while also providing a counterpoint to how far afield we’ve wandered in the name of progress in shaping the places we work and live. RSVP: events@sustainabilitypractice.net

Essex Farm Institute
October 23  - 9am-1:30pm– 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 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. Registration for this workshop has already closed; registration for Welding 201 will open November 1. Click here to read more about EFI’s work.

Past Events

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 have impacted their habitat.  They also participated in a workshop in partnership with the Smoky Mountains Tremont Institute.

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. 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue). This panel examined 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 included 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 offered 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: events@sustainabilitypractice.net


Talk Trash City   

September 27. Inaugural Talk Trash City Event

Four innovators took the stage to pitch their trashy startups to a panel of industry experts: Robin Nagle (New York University), Greg Anderson (Department of Sanitation of New York), Amy Marpman (Recycle Track Systems), and Rob Kaplan (Closed Loop Fund). The panel asked questions, critiqued, and clarified, and had time for the audience to ask questions at the end - thank all who participated.  Jessica Schreiber of FABSCRAP gave the winning pecha kucha presentation and walked home with a $1,500 cash prize! Check out the buzz on Instagram and other social feeds using #TalkTrashCity!

CITAC Presentations

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 (http://www.naba.org/). 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.

Honoring the Future Artwork from scraps

Honoring the Future ®

October 6-8. Honoring the Future showcased artists who repurpose waste.  What can you do with a broken zipper? To artist Kate Cusack, the answer seems simple: create beautiful art. Cusack is one of several artists working with repurposed material featured at the Smithsonian Craft2Wear show. Others include textile artists Cecilia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood, who reuse fabric scraps to achieve zero waste, and Tara Locklear, who creates jewelry from broken skateboards. Read more about them here: http://www.honoringthefuture.org/news/

Christopher Park Alliance and OSI Staff CITAC

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.

Forever Rural

October 15 from 10am-4pm. Town of Berne Harvest Fest at Switzkill Farm. There was live music, hayrides, trail tours, scarecrow making, pumpkins, and kite-flying activities. Local crafts and farm products were available along with cider making. An orienteering demonstration took place at 10 a.m. Forever Rural sponsored the event and ran the grill to provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Switzkill Farm is located on Game Farm Road off of Route 1 in Berne.

Follow CitAc on Google +

In addition to upcoming events we share information about workshops, grant opportunities and grassroots environmental news. Click here to see our Google + page.

New Group Joins CITAC

Welcome Acre Policy! Acre Policy is an incubator for public policy addressing U.S. agriculture and food systems that cultivates model legislation for a new generation of regional food systems and working lands. The project leader, Michael Meehan, was a 2015 McHenry Award winner and his food policy startup was inspired by his McHenry Award project. We are very excited that Acre Policy is joining Citizen Action.

 

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