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Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) was founded in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, NY in 1983. The northeastern Brooklyn residents along with CHLDC sought to address many issues affecting local residents, including the need for affordable, quality housing, a healthy neighborhood economy, high quality education, safe, fun, educational activities for children after school hours, and the need for young adults to achieve their educational and employment goals. The CHLDC identified a number of health hazards across the Cypress Hills neighborhoods.
The New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC) works to implement the principles of product stewardship in New York State (NYS) and nationally by providing leadership, guidance, and educational tools to individuals, organizations, institutions, local governments, and elected officials. With assistance provided by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), NYPSC reignited the statewide Re-Clothe NY textile recovery campaign, which seeks to educate New York residents about the need for and benefits of textiles recovery, as well as what textiles to donate and where to donate them.
The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures. They combine technical assistance, organizing, research and policy advocacy to advance innovative solutions to economic and environmental inequalities in partnership with community-based organizations, small businesses, and the public sector.
GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City and has since grown into a leading sustainability resource for New Yorkers. GrowNYC provies free and accessible tools and services for anyone in order to improve the city and the environment by recycling, sustainability, nutrition education, gardening, local grocer and farmer support, and by developing environmental education among New York City classrooms and neighborhoods. GrowNYC sought to address one of New York City's most pressing water pollution issues during 2015 and 2016 - combined sewer overflows.
Seneca Park Zoo opened in 1894 in Seneca Park and is on 15.5-acres in Rochester, New York. The Zoo is home to over 90 species including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, and arachnids and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Seneca Park Zoo wanted to raise awareness of the environmental issues related to the Genesee River, call attention to the freshwater resources in the region and educate the public.
Clean and Healthy New York (CHNY) was founded in 2006 as Clean New York, a partnership of two seasoned environmental health advocates. Tempered by the fight to ensure toxic waste sites were cleaned up, Kathy Curtis and Bobbi Chase Wilding saw a need to "turn off the tap" on toxic chemicals, to prevent the creation of new toxic waste sites, and to stop human contamination with toxic chemicals from their jobs, and from products in their daily lives by changing laws, shifting the market-place, and helping people make change in their homes, buinesses, and child care settings.
Grassroots Environmental Educaton is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-proft organizaton established in 2000 to address the pervasive inﬂuence of chemical toxins and pollutants in our daily lives. Their goal is to reduce or eliminate chemical toxins and pollutants that impact the greatest number of people and those that pose the greatest risk to children. The ChildSafe School Program in New York State was established to engage parents and other stakeholders as catalysts for change in their own school communites.
Hudson Valley Regional Council (HVRC) was established in 1977 to oﬀer planning, education & outreach, and advocacy for Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland,Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. HVRC convenes a Regional Materials Management Working Group made up of all secen county solid waste managers, recycling coordinators and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Region 3 materials management staﬀ. Food waste is a significant issue in the U.S.. in New York State and in the Hudson Valley. With the Department of Agriculture and the US Environmental Protection Agency calling for the first-ever national food waste reduction goal of a 50% reduction by 2030, HVRC sought to further their eﬀorts to reduce food waste.
Seedfolk City Farm is a multi-site urban farm based in Rochester, NY that focuses on engaging youth in project-based learning and creating healthy localized community food systems through building resilient urban communities. As a New York State charitable corporation operating as a nonprofit, Seedfolk City Farm’s focus is on providing locally and sustainably grown produce to residents within the city of Rochester while creating educational employment opportunities for young people.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Goodbye, Goodbuy program was founded in 2015 by two students whose goal was to reduce waste and provide affordable supplies for students. The process contains three main stages: move-out collection, summer storage, and move-in sale. Through education and student engagement, Goodbye, Goodbuy creates an environment on college campuses across NYS in which less material and potential pollutants are landfill bound, more goods are reused, and a higher percentage of potentially polluting materials are responsibly recycled or disposed of. Thus benefiting the campuses with waste diversion, accessible and affordable goods, employing students, campus sustainability commitments, community involvement, and humanitarian aid.
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