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Sustainable Long Island is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 whose mission is to advance economic development, environmental health and social equity for all Long Islanders. Sustainable Long Island works with community, government and business leaders to identify priorities for sustainable development and practical strategies to build safer and stronger healthier communities through programs such as brownfield redevelopment, community revitalization, food equity and environmental justice. Sustainable Long Island's new initiative "Reduce Rain Runoff" implemented a rainwater capture and storm water management program to better conserve water within Long Beach and East Islip. The project emphasized the importance of community green infrastructure practices and made it possible to expand green infrastructure process in additional communities in the future.
Delta Environmental, formerly Delta Laboratories, has a rich history of environmental advocacy and education with hands-on programs for K-12 students on water resources and quality. The Scholastic Acquatic Partnership and Adopt-A-Stream curriculum creates grassroots efforts to test, advocate and protect water resources. Through this program Delta Environmental has educated the community on the importance of water quality and the integriy of local watersheds. Delta Environmental partnered with Rochester's two all-girls schools to support young women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields by demonstrating the role of science in protecting our urban and suburban communities.
The Human Impacts Institute is an organization in Brooklyn, New York of social entrepreneurs who create and share innovative approaches to tackling social and environmental issues. Their goal is to help people of diverse ages and backgrounds personally connect to the most pressing environmental issues of our times, and give them the tools needed to take positive, long-term actions. North Brooklyn is a socio-economically underserved region bearing a disproportionately high pollution burden; its residents may be vulnerable to health risks, which have been positively correlated to air pollution, water pollution, and chemical exposure. Through the Human Impacts Stories project, Human Impacts Institute personalized pollution impacts and enabled people to engage with fellow community members who are experiencing these complex issues.
The Hospitality Green Cleaning Challenge educated restaurant owners and staff about toxic chemicals found in cleaning products, and raised awareness about safe alternatives, by providing educational materials, training sessions, follow-up support, and presentations at hospitality classes.
Horizons at Warner is a six-week, full-day summer enrichment program on the University of Rochester Campus. Horizons’ primary focus is to engage K-8 Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences in a non-traditional school setting. The Rain Gardens for Youth Empowerment and Pollution Prevention project addressed issues related to water pollution due to significant rain-water runoff in the area.
Clean and Healthy New York will expand their existing Pollution Prevention to Child Care program into Broome, Chenango, and Tioga counties. The program built a broad network of child care providers who engage in pollution prevention through the reduction of toxic chemical use.
Located in Rochester, NY the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning is a non-profit organization of community members who share the following conviction: childhood lead poisoning can and must end. In the city of Rochester, the majority of lead-poisoned children live in the most economically challenged neighborhoods, although lead poisoning occurs in all corners of Monroe County. The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning is working to educate and assist Rochester parents on the dangers of lead poisoning.
Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER® is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water for the last 25 years. Sewage pollution is the greatest on-going threat to the Great Lakes and our regional waterways. Stormwater pollution causes a multitude of water quality problems including bacteria, erosion, sedimentation, foul odors, and aesthetic impacts. Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER®’s project goal is to support their efforts to improve water quality by conducting outreach and providing educational materials to homeowners and property owners.
The “East New York Farms!” Project (ENYF) is a venture of United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn, New York. Its mission is to organize youth and adult residents to address food injustice in the community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development. ENYF wanted to find a way to engage the community around meeting the city-wide goal of reducing the amount of food scraps and yard waste that goes to the landfill. By promoting composting at their farmers’ markets, farms, and youth program, ENYF was able to show how waste reduction could benefit our local environment.
Founded in 2005, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) bring together the RPI community to improve both the quality of life and the condition of our planet. The ESW chapter at Rensselaer is dedicated to mobilizing RPI students and professionals through education, technical projects, and collaborative action to meet local and global sustainability challenges. Recently ESW decided to analyze alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. ESW’s goal is to promote biodiesel usage throughout the region by forming partnerships with schools and community organizations. In order to accomplish this ESW will need to educate students and community members on the production process, potential uses, and the advantages of producing biodiesel.