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CENYC is Now GrowNYC!
You likely already saw that Council on the Environment of New York City has changed its name to GrowNYC. After 40 years working alongside citizens like you to improve our environment, we decided that it was time for a makeover. Our new name and logo better communicate our work, growing awareness, growing minds, growing food, growing gardens, in short, growing a better NYC! While our name has changed, our work remains the same. Visit our website to learn more about the change and update your email profile if you'd like to hear about all of GrowNYC's activities.

Thanks, David Hurd
Director, Office of Recycling Outreach and Education

OROE Now Serving More Communities
To have the biggest impact on improving recycling participation, we focus our resources on the communities that need it most. Live in one of our outreach districts? Contact us and tell us what you think of recycling in your building and neighborhood and possible ways to improve the situation. If you'd like us to conduct a recycling workshop in your building or for your community organization, get in touch to discuss the details.

In addition to serving all of Staten Island, we are now working in the following neighborhoods:
BRONX: Highbridge, Concourse, Mount Eden, Concourse Village
BROOKLYN: Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill
QUEENS: Broad Channel, Rockaways
MANHATTAN: West Harlem

For more on other communities served and what we do please visit our website.

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Compost Grows in Washington Heights and Inwood
Saturday, March 13 and 27, 10am-1pm
Inwood Greenmarket , Isham St b/t Seaman & Cooper

A number of residents and community organizations are working together to increase compost activity in this northernmost area of Manhattan. Stop by the compost information table at the Inwood Greenmarket this month to learn how to compost, find out more about new neighborhood compost initiatives and to sign up to get involved.

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Lower East Side Stop 'N' Swap
Sunday, March 21, 11am-3pm
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center Inc.
107 Suffolk St at Rivington

Kick off spring cleaning season at the Stop 'N' Swap! Free your closets of clean, working re-useable items you don't need anymore and take anything you can put to good use. Portable items only--no furniture or other large items please! Sponsored by GrowNYC in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's Go Green Lower East Side initiative. Visit for more info.

Electronics Recycling Day
Sunday, March 21, 10am-3pm
District Office of Councilmember Gale Brewer
563 Columbus Ave at 87th St

Here's an even shorter blurb for the Per Scholas event: Bring your unwanted or broken electronics (no TVs) to Council Member Gale Brewer's day of E-Recycling with Per Scholas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to community empowerment through technology and education. A $5 donation (or whatever you wish) is requested to Per Scholas to fund their recycling and training programs. For more information call 212-873-0282.

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Real New Yorkers Recycle to Premiere on the Big Screen
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30pm
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th St b/t Broadway & Amsterdam, upper level

See real New Yorkers like you talk about the importance and ease of recycling every day at this big screen event hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Our short video will be followed by the feature film Plastic Planet, a panel discussion and reception. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Green from the Inside Out Workshops in Staten Island and Harlem
Saturday, March 27, 12pm-3pm
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Building P
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

Wednesday, March 31, 6pm-8:30pm
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th St (Please note, you must bring Photo ID to enter the building)

Green from the Inside Out provides property owners, managers and residents the knowledge and resources they need to make their homes more environmentally friendly by saving energy (and money!), reducing waste, and recycling correctly. Come test your recycling knowledge, find out about composting, learn what incentives are available for your home improvements, find out if solar power and green roofs are right for you and talk to vendors of green products and services. Featuring presentations by Solar One, the Office of Recycling and Outreach Education, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Energy $mart Communities. Learn more about the workshops at Please RSVP to Celia Salgado at 212-505-6050 or

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Welcome the Spring Backyard Composting Workshop
Sunday, March 28, 12pm-2pm
East 103rd Street Community Garden, E. 103rd St b/t Park and Lexington

The spring backyard composting workshop will help you put all those dead plant scraps from last year to good use. Workshop will cover the science behind composting and how to set up and maintain a compost bin in your backyard or community garden. Different bin setup options will be illustrated including a two bin system, compost tumbler, and metal can bin. Discounted backyard compost bins will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Registration is required. Workshop fee $5 per person, cash only.

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The Manhattan Times Goes Green
The GreenTimes is a new section in the FREE home delivery edition of the award-winning Manhattan Times, the free, weekly, bilingual newspaper of Washington Heights and Inwood. This section will feature news, opinions and information about issues like Recycling, Composting, Alternative Energy, Environment Health, Education & more! Anyone who lives or works in Manhattan and the Bronx can receive the paper for free! Click here to download the subscription form. Email any questions to

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Get the Tools to Volunteer for Recycling!
Our monthly crash course will prepare you for volunteering with us out in the field. We'll review what's new with recycling in NYC and give you tips and tools for teaching others to recycle. Meet other volunteers, sign up for events and enjoy pizza and other refreshments. Please note: all GrowNYC volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Next Volunteer Orientation: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 6:30pm-8pm by City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan. For more details and to RSVP contact Layman Lee at 212-676-2081 or via email.

SAVE THE DATE for our Recycling Awareness Benefit!
Tuesday, May 11, 6pm-9pm
Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport
Please join GrowNYC to help support the activities of its Office of Recycling Outreach & Education (OROE). Enjoy the most spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River in the city at the Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport. Look forward to 18,000 square feet of fun, food, sun, recreation and relaxation. Benefiting OROE to encourage, support and increase recycling throughout New York City.

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GrowNYC's OFFICE OF RECYCLING OUTREACH & EDUCATION (OROE) works to improve the City's recycling rate by educating residents about recycling and waste prevention, and working with landlords to make sure building recycling programs are adequate. Our free services include apartment building recycling audits, trainings for tenants and supers, community events centered on education and special collection programs for textiles, electronics, and compost.OROE's current intensive efforts target one-quarter of New York City's residents. Our five borough-wide coordinators work on a community-by-community basis to identify and address the specific challenges to recycling within a Community District. For more information visit or call 212-788-7964.

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  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and support community and school gardens through tool loans, volunteer days, technical assistance, training, school garden grants and more.

  • Educate

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.