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Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc. developed an interactive online template that will assist communities in replicating the successful non-profit Community ReUse Center model they established in 2008. The template was designed and distributed as a tool to transform liabilities into assets by reducing solid waste generation, creating quality "green" jobs, and developing a skilled workforce.
Finger Lakes ReUse is a not-for-profit organization based in Ithaca, NY, with a tripple-bottom-line mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through reuse. In 1995, Tompkins County made a commitment to develop a ReUse Center as part of its 20-Year Solid Waste Management Plan. Having reduced waste by 58% after 12 years of implementing other plan components, Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division views reuse as the most efficient, economic, and environmentally friendly way to reduce the waste stream further.
The Healthy School Network, founded in Albany, NY in 1995 strives to ensure every child has an environmentally heatlhy school. Healthy School Network has an emphasis on preventing exposures to harmful chemicals in schools by pressing for a range of pollution prevention measures. These measures include nontoxic supplies, green cleaning, safer pest control, and reduced, targeted disinfectant use. Healthy School Network's Buy More Green Products project aimed to inform school elected and appointed leaders, custodians, teachers and parents of New York State's highly effective green procurement initiative and provide helpful workshops and webinars on how to find and use greener products in schools and at home.
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.