Category: Sustainability

Brewer distributing free reusable bags for Earth Day

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced that for Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, her office will be distributing reusable grocery bags for free at greenmarkets and grocery stores around Manhattan. In addition, Brewer’s office will distribute reusable bags on Saturday, April 21 at the Car-Free New York Day event in Washington Heights on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 183rd Street. New Yorkers throw… Read more

Brewer and Citizens Committee for NYC announce $22,740 in grants for community composting and highlight program’s success with visit to Lydia’s Magic Garden in East Harlem

member of CItizen's Committee displays a bike Site tour shows off new program building bicycle-carried buckets for coffee composting and planned three-bin garden composting system NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined the Citizens’ Committee for New York City and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) to announce 36 Community-Scale Composting Grant awards for community garden programs across the city in 2017. In a site tour following the announcement, members of Lydia’s… Read more

Brewer Announces $26 Million in Borough Capital Awards, Doubles Commitment to Urban Agriculture With $2 Million for School Hydroponics, Green Roofs, and Gardens

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of capital funding awards supporting the borough’s schools, parks, libraries, and community-based nonprofit organizations. The awards included $2 million supporting urban agriculture in public schools, funding facilities like in-school hydroponics labs and rooftop gardens. The awards were included in the city’s budget for the Fiscal Year 2017, which began on July 1. “Whether we’re adding hydroponics labs… Read more

Manhattanites Invited to Serve on Solid Waste Advisory Board

Information session January 11, Applications accepted through January 29 The Manhattan Borough President’s office is accepting applications for membership on the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) through Friday, Jan. 29, and will be welcoming all who live, work, or study in Manhattan and are interested in serving to attend an information session Monday, Jan. 11. “The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board is a small body with a huge mission:… Read more

Statement by DSNY regarding Organics Collection

To: Borough Presidents, Council Members, Community Boards: A newspaper article reported that over the last few days the organic material collected in the Department of Sanitation curbside organics collection program is being sent to landfill as a result of the closure of the Peninsula compost facility in Delaware. The article is not correct. To be clear, residential Brown Bin material is being composted and will continue to be composted. The… Read more

Promoting Neighborhood Composting With a Visit to Chenchita’s Community Garden in E. Harlem

B.P. Brewer joined Citizens Committee for NYC and Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board to highlight resident-led composting projects helping the city achieve their “Zero Waste” goal Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined representatives of the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board toured Chenchita’s Community Garden in East Harlem and held a press conference highlighting the Community Composting Grant Program’s success in promoting… Read more

Borough President, Solid Waste Advisory Board, and Citizens Committee for NYC Award Community Composting Grants to Groups in All Five Boroughs

Resident-led composting projects will contribute to city’s “Zero Waste” goal by promoting organics recycling NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, the Citizens Committee for New York City, and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board today jointly announced $20,000 in grant awards for 32 community composting projects in neighborhoods across the city. The announcement comes as International Composting Awareness Week draws to a close. Through the Community Composting… Read more

Borough President Issues Plan to Expand Urban Agriculture

Brewer announces up to $1 million in funding to promote gardening and hydroponics in schools Urban Farming Symposium announced for fall For Immediate Release: April 30, 2015 NEW YORK – At City Hall today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “How Our Gardens Grow, Strategies for Expanding Urban Agriculture,” a report with recommendations for expanding urban agriculture in Manhattan’s schools, senior centers, and public housing facilities. Brewer… Read more