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GrowNYC Annual Report 2012 | Leadership Profile

tree_huggerLeadership Profile: Stacey Granda,
DeWitt Clinton High School

Stacey Granda has been involved in GrowNYC programs for all four of her years at Clinton, co-leading seven different service learning projects. Stacey is a member of the Environmental Affairs Club at DeWitt Clinton, serving as club president for the past two years. Under her leadership, the club’s membership has swelled to more than 30 active environmentalists eager to make a change.

In her second year she and two other club members joined Clinton students from the Earth and Environmental Science classes on an overnight trip with GrowNYC to the Catskill Mountains to plant trees along the Little Delaware River tributary to the Cannonsville Reservoir, which provides drinking water to NYC and Westchester
County. She returned to the Catskills the following year with fellow club members. Her club is responsible for planting 7oo trees and removing invasive plants in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, mulching many trees and planting hundreds of bulbs on the Clinton campus. They have educated peers about the importance of recycling, cared for the school’s garden, and participated in an effort to launch a school-wide healthy eating drive.

Stacey has developed a real passion for environmental issues and for working to improve ecosystems. She has been accepted at the SUNY School of Environmental Forestry in Syracuse, NY where she will matriculate as a junior after attending Hunter College in NYC for her first two years.