3rd Thursday Forum:
Greening Your School: From Green Roofs to Recycling
Thursday, March 19, 2009
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
$10 suggested donation
Reservations: send to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-788-8500 x263. Reservations encouraged online (eventbrite link to be posted on site)
Arturo Garcia-Costas/ NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Join this crash course on greening your school from the issues you’ll encounter installing a green roof, to creative ways of incorporating sustainability themes into the classroom. Join local experts to discuss easy to implement projects, ways of getting environmental projects funded, opportunities for nonprofit partnerships, and what has (and hasn’t) worked in local schools.
Center for the Urban Environment, 168 7 Street, Brooklyn, NY (Garden Room)
Director, Public Affairs
Center for the Urban Environment
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Brooklyn, NY 11215
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WORM COMPOST WORKSHOP
You can recycle food waste in your classroom or at home with WORMS…
Fun, Educational & Environmentally Friendly….
Did you know that all food waste and biodegradable items that end up in a landfill do not become compost to benefit the earth’s soil since they are not exposed to the right conditions to break down? Plus, they produce methane gas, a leading cause of global warming. We can fix all of that by composting!
Who: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Master Composter Ms. Josi will present this workshop for all interested teachers, parents & kids.
What: Join us at MS 447 – The Math and Science Exploratory School to learn about setting up a worm bin to compost in your classroom or at home and get your hands dirty harvesting a worm bin. It’s a fun way to teach kids about compost, worms, waste management, science and gardening.
When: Thursday, April 2, 4-6pm
Where: MS 447 – Math & Science Exploratory School
345 Dean Street (Room 437A) Brooklyn, NY 11217
Why: To learn about Vermicomposting (Worm Composting), socialize & eat yummy snacks
Cost: The Workshop is FREE.
At the workshop you can obtain a coupon to buy your own worm bin and one-pound of red worms to start your own worm compost.
PLANNING TO ATTEND?
For questions or to sign up, contact Micki Josi at email@example.com
PLEASE RSVP if you plan to attend since space is limited.
Feel free to bring food scraps (raw fruits & veggies) to feed the worm and/or a Tupperware container to bring home compost.
To Learn More about Composting Visit: http://www.nyccompost.org/ or www.bbg.org/compost
This event is cosponsored by MS 447 and Educating Tomorrow.
By subway, take the M or R train to Union St. in Brooklyn. Then walk north a couple of block to Douglas St.
Why: Because by creating a community of committed individuals, we can hopefully help to "green" our schools. Assaid, "I have inherited a belief in community, the promise that a gathering of the spirit can both create and change culture."
If you haven't already, please:
*Join our http://groups.google.com/group/educating-tomorrow
*Sign our petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nycschoolrecycling/
*Write a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein: http://www.educatingtomorrow.org/recyclingtakeaction
We believe our schools must take the lead in moving toward a greener future by providing our children and future leaders with an Find out more at and exemplary environmental programs, such as school recycling.www.educatingtomorrow.org.
We hope to see you at our next monthly meeting, "Together We Make Schools Green".
Who: Anyone interested in "greening" NYC schools (You will come away with something you can do to help!)
- Finalize plans for our April 22, 2009 event
- Network with other people interested in school recycling, compost, gardening, & waste reduction
- Discuss Strategies for accomplishing short-term goals
- Sub-Committee Updates
When: Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 4:30–6:00pm
50 Broadway, New York, NY 10004
*Join us for a workshop for teachers on how to compost with worms in schools on May 5, 4:30-6:30 PM. The workshop will be led by Brooklyn Botanic Garden Master Composters using Brooklyn Botanic Garden workshop curriculum and materials. All participating teachers will receive a coupon to purchase one pound of and a worm condo at a discounted price of $40. The workshop is part of the New York Compost Project, which aims to divert compostable materials from our waste stream., shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Also, PLEASE POST the attached meeting flyer and and our Committee flyer at your school. Thanks for your help!
The UFT Green Schools Committee was established to help realize successful school recycling programs in all NYC schools. We have a great Leadership Team: Micki Josi, Coquille Houshour, Patrick Hess, Matt Sheenan, Eileen Foster, Jacqulyn Bodenmiller, Shannon Buckley-Shaklee, Juliana Germak, Hope Kitts, Mitchell Porcelyn, Jonathan Pereira and Justlin LeWinter.
Find out more at http://www.uft.org/member/committees/.
Coquille Houshour, M.S.Ed., M.S.Ed.
Technology Teacher, Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, Brooklyn, NY
Co-Founder, Educating Tomorrow
Co-Chair, UFT Green Schools Committee
Coquille Houshour grew up in Oregon and earned a BA in Environmental Studies and International Studies from the University of Oregon where she worked with the campus recycling team. As part of her studies, she volunteered in England through Willing Workers on Organic Farms, at The Agroforestry Research Center in Belize and on Costa Rican coffee farms through The Earth Island Institute. After working with non-profits around human rights, she became a New York City Teaching Fellow, receiving Masters in Teaching in 2005. She has incorporated environmental awareness into her curriculum, including composting in her classroom and implementing a school-wide recycling programs. In its first year, her previous school won the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Golden Apple Super Recyclers award for the borough of Brooklyn. Her environmental educational projects received of grants from Captain Planet, the Go Green Initiative and Target. Concerned that most NYC schools were not recycling, she co-founded Educating Tomorrow in 2007 and the UFT Green Schools Committee in 2008 to help make NYC schools more eco-friendly. In June 2008, she testified before the NYC Council about the lack of recycling in NYC schools. That same year, she received her MA in Education Administration with the hopes of starting a model eco-school in NYC. In the meantime, she is working on getting her current school recycling, gardening and composting. She is a certified Master Composter and Globe teacher. She is also an active member of Sustainable Flatbush, regularly speaks at Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board meetings and works on the Park Slope Food Coop Recycling Squad. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Micki Josi, M.S.Ed.
Math Teacher, Math & Science Exploratory School, Brooklyn, NY
Co-Founder, Educating Tomorrow
Co-Chair, UFT Green Schools Committee
Micki Josi grew up near Portland, Oregon, considered one of the greenest U.S. cities. She received a BS from the University of Oregon in Psychology. She then spent a few years as an Americorps VISTA in Oregon and New York working with credit union micro-loan programs. In 2002, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, received a Masters in Education from St. John's University in 2004, and has been teaching middle school mathematics for more than 6 years. As a teacher, she has written and received grants for her schools to start, manage and maintain a school-wide recycling program. The recycling program in her previous school received Honorable Mention in the Golden Apple Super Recycler Awards from the NYC Department of Sanitation two years in a row. Frustrated by the lack of recycling in NYC schools, she co-founded Educating Tomorrow in 2007 and the UFT Green Schools Committee in 2008. She is working to raise awareness about waste in NYC schools and to bring about solutions by educating students about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting. She has planned many lessons for her students related to these topics and seeks to share ideas with other like-minded people. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacqulyn Bodenmiller, M.S.Ed.
Teacher, Harlem Renaissance High School, New York, New York
Jacqulyn Bodenmiller graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor degree in environmental and organismal biology. She joined the New York Teaching Fellows in 2005, teaching Living Environment and Urban Ecology with a focus on teaching students about their urban environment and how they can make positive changes. They learn about recycling, its importance and how to initiate it at home. Jacqulyn continues to have a desire to green her school. She recently initiated a water quality testing program in her school. She has had a passion for the environment for many years and wanted to teach her students and coworkers the importance of having a sustainable school. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Shannon Buckley-Shaklee, M.A., M.S.
Teacher, PS 160, Brooklyn, NY
Shannon Buckley-Shaklee is a 4th year push-in ESL teacher at PS 160 in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Frustrated by the lack of recycling in her school, Shannon and colleague Juliana Germak started a school-wide, student-operated recycling program in the fall of 2006. In addition to maintaining the recycling program, Shannon co-advises an Environmental Club, comprised of 4th and 5th grade students, and she co-teaches a period of environmental education. As a leader in her school's environmental programming and curriculum development, Shannon has been involved in school-wide projects that have included a coat drive, a used-crayon campaign, book exchanges, recycling contests, and eco-themed school-wide assemblies. In 2007, P.S. 160 was awarded the Department of Sanitation's Golden Apple Award for Brooklyn in the Reduce and Reuse Challenge. The winning monies were used to buy instructional materials addressing eco-friendly themes, including copies of The Lorax for PS 160's Book of the Month program. Shannon has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, and a M.S. in TESOL from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Prior to becoming a New York City Teaching Fellow, Shannon worked in higher education. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juliana Germak, M.S.Ed.
Teacher, P.S. 160, Borough Park, Brooklyn
Juliana Germak graduated from New York University in 2005 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics. She immediately entered into the New York City Teaching Fellows program as an ESL teacher. In 2007, she earned an M.S. in TESOL from Long Island University in Brooklyn. In her three years of teaching at P.S. 160 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, she has been a leader in the school's environmental programming and curriculum development. In the spring of 2006, Juliana and colleague, Shannon Buckley-Shaklee, initiated an after school Environmental Club for 35 fourth and fifth grade students. The following year, the Environmental Club took on the responsibility of starting a school-wide, student-initiated recycling program. They continue to maintain the recycling program through recycling education and collaboration with the school's faculty, administration, and custodial staff. The Environmental Club has also organized projects to promote reducing and reusing, including a school-wide book exchange and coat drive. The Club has also partnered with local non-profit organization, the Green Apple Corps, to explore and help clean up Prospect Park. In 2007, P.S. 160 was awarded the Department of Sanitation's Golden Apple Award for the Borough of Brooklyn in the Reduce and Reuse Challenge. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Hope Kitts, M.S.Ed.
Teacher, Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, Brooklyn, NY
Hope was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She moved to New York in 2002 to study Philosophy at The New School. After graduating she received a teaching position through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. She is currently in her second year, co-teaching Global History, United States History, English and Sustainable Agriculture. She is working to help her school reach its full potential as an environmental school. Her efforts have resulted in the formation of a peer-based Environmental Committee for the purposes of educating others about environmental and environmental justice issues. The group is primarily responsible for the recycling program; mediating between students, faculty, administration and custodial staff so that recycling happens as effectively as possible. Additionally, she co-teaches an interdisciplinary, hands-on class in Sustainable Agriculture. This semester, students grew a lettuce mix in the Children's Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, harvested the mix and served it to students in the cafeteria, while promoting sustainable, locally grown food. She has further ambitions to improve the sustainability of the school by installing a green roof on the building, extending peer-education and awareness programs to younger students at neighboring schools, and reforming the school lunch from conventional subsidized suppliers to sustainably grown, tasty and nutritious food. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher, MS 51, Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
Mitchell Porcelan is committed to helping his school 'go green' by developing ecological literacy and connecting students to the natural world. He has organized multiple environmental activities while teaching at MS 51. He helped create a school garden that acts as an outdoor learning center, with native plants that attract butterflies, insects, and birds. To study local biodiversity and better understand the problem of pollution in their community, students have canoed the Gowanus Canal, located just a few blocks from his school. To celebrate staff members who are reducing waste at MS 51, he is developing a 'Green Award of the Week'. He continues to invite important speakers to his school, including Lyle Laverty, Asst. Secretary of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior, who spoke on the importance of getting outside and connecting to the natural world; and Mike Brune, Director of the San Francisco office of the Rainforest Action Network, to discuss his new book Coming Clean and the importance of student activism around pollution and environmental damage. Currently, his school is developing a waste reduction, reuse, and recycling program, including purchasing recycled paper on all big orders. As their year-end science fair project, classes will monitor their school's waste stream in and out of the school. They will also sell re-usable steel water bottles to reduce the use of plastic and raise funds for their annual 3-day environmental education field trip to the Ashokan Field Campus in the Catskill Mountains where they will explore the Catskill ecosystem, hike through the forest, conduct a pond study, collect biodiversity data, and take part in food waste reduction activities. Currently, Mitchell is planning a trip to the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming where advanced students will conduct ecological field research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and he will be starting a student chapter of RAN in Spring 2009. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Justin LeWinter, M.S.Ed.
Mathematics Teacher, Oliver Wendell Holmes Intermediate School
UFT Chapter Leader
Justin LeWinter grew up on Long Island and received a B.S. in Recreation and Park Management from Penn State University. Upon graduating he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he worked for a non-profit, managing a federal AmeriCorps grant and providing training and technical assistance to runaway and homeless youth programs throughout the mid-atlantic region. The needs of these youth and families touched almost every other human service system (mental health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, substance abuse, health, etc). It required its own support system for coordination, training, networking, development of new technology and advocacy and in particular, to maintain an inter-disciplinary dialogue that put the needs of young people first. Returning to NY he developed a service-learning program for middle school students on Long Island. He later received a M.S in Education from St. Johns University and has been teaching mathematics in NYC public schools for the past 4 years. Prior to earning tenure he stepped forward to become the UFT Chapter chair. He has worked with his students to promote environmental stewardship and develop a community of active citizens. He looks forward to working with Educating Tomorrow and chapter leaders citywide to green their schools. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time ever, the NYC Department of Education applied for a grant available to NY school districts under the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling State Assistance program this fall. The grant has been available for 18 years, so we’re thinking it could have something to do with all of the letter writing and phone calls begging our school district apply [do now: stand up, humbly pat self on back].
In the past, the NYC Department of Sanitation has applied and received some of this funding, which helped fuel their Golden Apple program that rewards waste-reduction do-gooders, although with budget cuts those rewards have lost some leg: rewards will be much more intrinsic since cash prizes have been suspended [teaching point: be resourceful by diversifying, apply for other grants].
The DEC grant provides 50% matching grants paid on a reimbursement basis up to a maximum of $2 million for projects that enhance school/municipal recycling or composting programs for: purchasing of equipment used to recycle or compost, reimbursing salaries of recycling coordinators and recycling public education.
Examples of items that may be eligible for school recycling projects are: containers to collect paper or cans/bottles for recycling, roll-off containers or dumpsters (move over trash dumpsters!) to aggregate the recyclables prior to delivery to recycling market, educational materials on waste reduction and recycling, banners and promotional items.
We don’t know what the NYC DOE's grant requested (we would have loved to have been apart of the planning process), but know it can take more than a year for proposals to get funded. So, while we’re waiting for the motherload to befall our recycling container-barren halls, let the DEC give lift to your sustainability spirit now:
Green Schools Challenge
The "Green Schools" Challenge is sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the State Department of Education to recognize those schools that are working towards responsible solid waste management by developing waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and/or buy recycled products and packaging programs.
This website will help you on your journey to become a Green School! The focus of this webpage is a comprehensive solid waste management program; however, here are areas to consider that will help further your transformation to a Green School.
A School Waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Composting and Buy Recycled Resource Book
The purpose of this Resource Book is to provide you with some basic information on a waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and buying recycled products and packaging program for your school.
New York Recycles! Poster Contest
New York Recycles! is our way of promoting recycling and buying recycled in New York State. The twelve New York State winners receive the honor of having their artwork in a calendar, which will be distributed throughout the State. The schools with winning entries will also receive a recycled content tote bag filled with educational materials and videos. The 2009 NY Recycles! Poster Contest Rules will be updated soon.
New York Recycles!
Included in this website is a 36 page booklet with New York Recycles! lessons and activities for you to share with your students.
Local Recycling Coordinators
This is a list of local recycling coordinators that can provide you with local recycling information.
This website lists all of DEC’s waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and buy recycled educational materials.
Here is an update you on the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (BBBB) and lobby visits this week in New York City.
Governor David Paterson has proposed including the BBBB in the state budget. The BBBB updates NY's 5-cent deposit law on beer and soda to include non-carbonated beverages, like bottled water, that now make up a third of the beverage market. This would increase recycling and make our communities cleaner and healthier. It also would require beverage companies, who currently keep the deposits when people don't return their bottles and cans, to turn this money over to the state. This would generate more than $200 million a year for environmental protection in New York.
We are urging state law-makers to support Governor Paterson's proposal to include the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in the state's budget next year. The next few weeks are critical to make our message heard, as the budget is expected to be approved by April 1st. Please call or write your state legislators and urge them to support the Bigger Better Bottle Bill.
Also, we have scheduled meetings with a number of State Senators the week of February 18th to discuss the BBBB with them. If you are a constituent of one of these Senators and would like to attend, please call Laura Haight at NYPIRG at 518-436-0876, ext. 258 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Feel free to forward this e-mail to select others who you think might be interested in attending.
Senator Bill Perkins, Wednesday, Feb. 18th at 2:30
Senator Eric Schneiderman, Thursday, Feb. 19th at 1:00 (meeting with staff)
Senator Daniel Squadron, Friday, Feb. 20th at 1:15 (max. 12 people)
Senator Jose Serrano, Wednesday, Feb. 18th at 3:00 (max. 6 people)
Senator Kevin Parker, Thursday, Feb. 19th at 2:30
Senator John Sampson, Thursday, Feb. 19th at 5:15
Senator Martin Dilan, Friday, Feb. 20th at 1:00
We were not able to schedule meetings with all the state senators in NYC, so if your senator is not on this list, please call him or her up and ask for their support of the Bigger Better Bottle Bill.
To find out who your state senator is, go to http://www.senate.state.ny.us/
For more information about the BBBB, visit www.nypirg.org.
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You’re invited to watch the documentary FLOW (For Love of Water) this Friday, February 6th at 7:30PM at the Park Slope United Methodist Church (6th Ave & 8th Street in Park Slope).
See below for a description of the film.
The Social Action Committee is hosting the free screening, which will feature a panel of activists talking about the world water crisis.
Hope to see you there!
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
You can contact Judy O’Brien, the Social Action Chair at Judy O'Brien firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.
Co-found UFT Green Schools Committee
Quote me: "The difference between disposable and reusable equals zero waste. It all counts: add it up and think twice." - Micki Josi
"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
If you are interesting in coming to my place for a workshop on worm composting and to enjoy a potluck... email me directly for the info at email@example.com
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East 23rd St & East River [@north end of Stuyvesant Cove park, near the 23rd Street entrance and the Gulf Gas station]
New York NY 10010
Monday, January 26, 2009 7:00 PM
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