Important Notice on the Suspension of GrowNYC’s Recycling Programs (click to read PDF)

Live at NYCHA and love your community?  Help keep it clean and green by becoming an Environmental Ambassador!

Environmental Ambassadors are NYCHA residents who are trained by GrowNYC to become community recycling experts. After completing 2 recycling workshops, Environmental Ambassadors conduct 12 hours of local outreach at their development to encourage their neighbors to participate in the NYCHA Recycles! program.

Environmental Ambassadors help to make a positive change where they live. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, and currently reside at a NYCHA development.  

Program Requirements
Volunteers must attend two 2-hour workshops and complete 12 hours of community outreach. 

Training & Support
GrowNYC will host interactive workshops to teach you what and why to recycle, and prepare you for engaging interactions with neighbors.  GrowNYC will provide ongoing coaching and support to connect Environmental Ambassador volunteers with opportunities to complete service hours and make a difference at their developments.

Program Rewards
There are many benefits to you when you get involved, including:

  • $100 gift card*
  • Add experience to your resume
  • Make your community a nicer place to live
  • Field trips that take you behind the scenes of New York City’s recycling infrastructure
  • Special Environmental Ambassadors gear
  • Community service credit
  • Connect with local leaders and grassroots community groups
  • Environmental Ambassador certificate signed by NYCHA Chair and the DSNY Commissioner

*not applicable where program partners provide a work stipend

Ready to make a positive change where you live?
Register today!

“It's essential that all NYCHA residents recycle because our population is the same size as the city of Miami. That's a lot of waste going to landfill and harming the environment that could instead be reused.

I encourage NYCHA residents to become Environmental Ambassadors. It is empowering for other residents to see someone from their own community not only recycling, but also teaching others how to do so.”

-Damaly Gonzalez, Environmental Ambassador 2017

Read about the Environmental Ambassadors Program in The NYCHA Journal

Contact GrowNYC’s zero waste programs funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation at 212-788-7964 or recycle@grownyc.org

GrowNYC gratefully acknowledges program support from the following:


GrowNYC food access and zero waste programs are currently hiring for multiple seasonal and year-round part-time positions.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Zero Waste

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community gardens and urban farms in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.