GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC). Born out of the spirit of the first Earth Day, CENYC was initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise. Our city has changed a lot since then and so have we.
Today, GrowNYC is a leading 501(3)(c) environmental nonprofit in NYC - helping more than 3 million New Yorkers by providing essential sustainability services and taking action to make NYC a truly livable city. One where every New Yorker can enjoy a healthier, more sustainable life. Our mission is to empower all New Yorkers with equitable access to fresh, locally grown food, neighborhood green spaces, opportunities to reduce waste, and care for the environment.
We envision a New York City where fresh, nutritious food is ensured as a basic human right. Where our foodshed is protected and local farmers prosper. Where all have access to places to gather and grow. Where we handle our waste responsibly. And where all New Yorkers, especially those with frontline identities*, are empowered to enact their vision of a thriving community.
*“Frontline identities” includes but is not limited to BIPOC, queer, those with disabilities, and new immigrants
Food Access and Agriculture - our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, along with our Food Hub ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.
Zero Waste - 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.
Green Space - We build and support community and school gardens, providing construction expertise, technical assistance, green infrastructure support, school garden grants, and more.
Education - We foster future environmental stewards by providing 70,000 children and adults each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.