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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.
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.
The NYS Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NYSRAEF) was developed to support the National Restaurant Association’s Education efforts at the state level. The Foundation’s primary focus is to strengthen the restaurant industry in New York State by developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders. The goal of this specific project was to educate restaurants about reducing water usage. This program highlighted cost effective and simple options that could be implemented immediately, as well as provide trainings for restaurant owners, employees, and culinary students to increase their awareness of water usage.
The Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division’s (TCSW) mission is to develop and implement a sustainable materials management strategy for Tompkins County. With a focus on the state’s solid waste management hierarchy, this approach utilizes and prioritizes environmentally sound, cost effective, socially responsible, and safe practices. This is accomplished through coordinated administrative, operational, and educational programs that maximize diversion with the 4R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rebuy) as a focal point.
The Classroom Energy Challenge implemented a program at H.W. Smith Middle School in Syracuse, NY that encourages the adoption of conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades though the formation of a School Green Team and development of a curriculum that focuses on energy use and environmental protection.
Pratt Center for Community Development created a community-based model for dramatically increasing the number of pollution preventing retrofits completed in New York City's low-income neighborhoods. the project created a standard, simple package of energy efficiency measures that can be implemented in thousands of homes in the community.
Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester increased the public's understanding of chemicals with potential endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic effects through the use of research-based outreach materials developed by the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. This project focused on low income, minority, and recent immigrant women of childbearing age who are at risk of chemical exposure through their workplace.
NY Hall of Science focused on professional development of educators from several New York City community-based organizations that enabled them to implement their own "Collect, Construct, Change" (C3) programs for students ages 6-8. The C3 program is an existing project through which underserved NYC youth learn about air pollution issues through hands-on exercises and active participation.
2014 Erie County Envirothon Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District conducted the 2014 Erie County Envirothon, their annual natural science competition, on the topic of "Sustainable Local Agriculture/Locally Grown". The competition was open to all Erie County high school students free of charge, and offered students the opportunity to learn about environmental topics directly from local professionals and through hands-on activities.
The goals of this project were to educate the residents and community in Western New York to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and protect water quality.
As a result of this project 3,000 storm drain markers labeled "No Dumping Drains to Waterway" were purchased and permanently placed throughout the MS4 areas of Erie and Niagara County, which increased public awareness of storm sewer discharge points.
GCF and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) partnered to help improve the training program for young NYCHA residents in ways that help NYCHA residents gain more control over their energy use, called the Love Where You Live Challenge. This challenge engaged NYCHA residents to be more environmentally and energy conscious through a friendly competition between buildings.
The goal of this project was to enhance and expand on existing educational and outreach efforts regarding the proper management of pharmaceutical waste.
Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District conducted the 2013 Erie County Envirothon, their annual natural science competition, on the topic of "Sustainable Rangeland Management". The competition was open to all Erie County high school students free of charge, and offered students the opportunity to learn about environmental topics directly from local professionals and through hands-on activities.
The Carbon Footprint Challenge (initiated in partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Health System) increased awareness of pollution prevention, educated health system employees about strategies for minimizing pollution & improving sustainability, and supported organizations to build healthier homes, work places, and communities.
The goal of this project was to increase homeowner awareness about the environmental benefits of maintenance of decentralized treatment systems (septic systems) as well as how to properly maintain these systems. The project targeted two communities: Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County and Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.
Collect, Construct, Change (C3) is an ongoing youth-centered learning program focused on the issue of air pollution that engages middle school students from New York City as citizen scientists and activists.
NYCOSH developed a fact sheet (translated into Spanish, Korean and Nepalese), lesson plan/curriculum, classroom exercises and a webpage that highlight the hazards associated with working at nail salons. The materials addressed how workers can be exposed to chemicals found in many of the products used in beauty care and what actions can be taken to mitigate these hazards.
This project resulted in a robust, multifaceted, and dynamic teacher conference held April 30, 2013, with the purpose of sharing pollution prevention education and resources. This was accomplished by providing teachers with the knowledge, community connections, and materials necessary to establish long_term, hands_on projects that both directly reduce waste and pollution and foster lifelong environmental stewardship habits in students.
The goal of the project was to reduce waste creation through composting and create and maintain a community garden, sustained by the compost created from the students' school lunches.
GrowNYC trained a total of 79 people by hosting four Green Infrastructure workshops. Tours of stormwater management techniques were facilitated at the New York, Queens and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Pratt Center's Retrofit outreach training reached over 500 community members- its goal to improve energy efficiency in urban neighborhoods, was well as to demonstrate the public benefits to energy upgrades.
GreenHome NYC developed, promoted and conducted an informative forum addressing: waste prevention, energy efficiency and the use of non-toxic, recycled and reusable building materials in construction and renovation in New York City and Buffalo. GreenHomeNYC filmed the New York City forum for viewing online and produced short video clips of forum speakers relaying helpful tips to “Go Green” in building design, construction and renovation.
CHEJ educated key New York City stakeholders, including purchasers and unions, about opportunities to purchase greener products and to implement New York City and State policies designed to prevent pollution and green New York City procurement contracts.
NCS Community Development Corporation produced a video in Rochester, NY that demonstrated the benfefits of deconstruction rather than demolition.
UPROSE trained community members in southwest Brooklyn to test local tap water and conduct air monitoring tests, and the results were presneted to the community with materials on how to prevent possible pollution.
Pratt Center created and distributed Spanish and English Retrofit NYC educational materials throughout the Brooklyn community. The goal was to improve energy efficiency in urban neighborhoods, was well as to demonstrate the public benefits to energy upgrades.
Pollution Prevention Education for Municipal Operations project provided training tools in pollution prevention to municipalitues throughout NYS. Through posters and other educational materials, the project educated operational empolyees on stormwater runoff and best management practices.
Clean Air Coalition of Western NY created materials to increase awareness and understanding about how pollution prevention will help improve air quality among Tonawanda residents and industry.
The Child Care Council provided the Eco-Healthy Child Care curriculum, which aims to reduce enviornmental and health hazards in their home and facilities, to 75 child care providers in Monroe, Wayne and Livingston County.
The goal of Going Coastal’s Green Edges, Blue Waters campaign was to minimize the impact on water quality from marina facility operations and boating activities through a regional outreach program. Going Coastal created a Clean Marina Brochure and mobile phone application that provide a wide array of resources for marina and boatyard managers to comply with regulations and help keep our waters clean.
The Water Education Collaborative collaborative, comprised of 16 organizations, created a stationary public stormwater exhibit located at Monroe County's Seneca Park Zoo. The exhibit was on display in 2011.
WXXI produced and distributed Healthy Homes DVD with the latest guidelines and hands-on techniques to reduce pollution in the home. The video educates the general public, landlords, renters, and home owners on how to find and elimate home hazards.
Clean and Healthy NY provided over 300 businesses with information related to green purchasing and the business case for safer chemicals. The project culminated in hosting the Healthy Economy and Healthy Environment conference in 2011.
CEI created an outreach program to those in the Great Lakes region on how to reduce the amount of prescription medicines that end up in waterways. This project resulted implemented prevention strategies and an increase in consumer education.
Sullivan County Community College created a guide on how to green food services on college campuses sp that food service leaders across the state have the resources, knowledge and skills to assess their current sustainability performance as well as implement their own plan.
Audubon International and NYSP2I organized a Sustainable Communities Summit, where a total of 85 community leaders, local government and businesses came together to discuss the urgent need of sustainability practices, and offered specific examples of how to proactively work together to acheive these goals.
Cornell Cooperative Extension's project allowed teachers to visit 176 classrooms and provide "Personal Responsibility in Pollution Prevention" training and education to 3,718 students.
Film Biz Recycling's project provided information and resources to help film productions lessen their environmental impact, 98 individuals attended 2 workshops. 500 Practical Guide to a Greener Production booklets were produced and distrbuted- the guide provides information on how to prevent waste and present green alternatives.
Greening USA conducted two semesters of Sustainability Academy sessions in urban Syracuse neighborhoods and reached over 750 individuals. Each semester was tailored to the specific interests of the neighbors, but all were based on sustainability, environmental education, and pollution prevention.
HBCAC was able to connect with 150 childcare centers, and 2,500 children & families to encourage dialogue regarding pollution concerns and offer safer alternative choices to families through education and primary pediatric healthcare at Children's Environmental Health Center of Excellence. HBCAC and Learning Disabilities Association distributed over 800 healthy reference cards, and several hundred full tote bags, which include five sets of healthy reference cards, activity coloring book, introductory brochure, fact sheets, and a board game.
The goal of the Green Long Island project was to increase the awareness and use of green cleaning products among schools, healthcare facilities and municipalities on Long Island. NYCOSH reported conducting sustained outreach to 40 Long Island unions that represent over 100,000 members and shared the project, through events and workshops, with over 600 individuals.
NYIRN organized Spec It Green: the Local Advantage, an educational seminar series that educated 170 New York City building products manufacturing employees about the sustainable building sector through workshops and technical assistance. In addition to education, the opportunity simultaneously created business development opportunities within the construction industry.
The goal of the Western NY Pollution Prevention Project was to increase awareness, understanding and implementation of P2 practices among a variety of target audiences- school and county staff, children, professional cosmetologists, and WNY retrofit and weatherization programs. The project reached more than 9,000 individuals.