Saturday, April 11, 2015

SAVE the DATE [2015 Partnerships for Parks Conference] Sat April 11

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of advancing NYC’s community leaders, the green spaces they care for, and the neighborhoods they’ve transformed.

Join as we celebrate 20 years of advancing NYC’s community leaders.


Saturday, April 11th, New York University School of Law
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  • Balancing the Scales: Forging Equity in Parks and Green Spaces

Conference workshops will include:
  • Partners for Park Groups: Organizations to Know

  • Getting Green $ for Your Green Space

  • A Look Back: Stories and Tips From 20 years of Partnerships for Parks 

  • Parks as a Catalyst for Community Change

  • Volunteer to Lead: Planning Successful Volunteer Projects in Your Park

  • Greening NYC: Street Tree Care Tips and Citywide Resources
  • [Speakers to be announced]

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE       The Partnerships for Parks Conference provides community groups, park supporters and open-space advocates an opportunity to unite and learn how local park stewards  strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in New York City.  We invite all park enthusiasts to learn from Partnerships for Parks 20 years of shared experience, best practices and sustaining partners.

Strong communities make NYC great. 
But what makes our communities strong? When New Yorkers use NYC’s parks and green spaces as places to celebrate, recreate, and learn, neighborhoods become vibrant communities. 
Since 1995, Partnerships for Parks has been supporting these park-related community groups to help make NYC thrive. Partnerships for Parks (PfP) is the public-private program that supports and champions a growing network of leaders caring and advocating for neighborhood green spaces. We equip people, organizations and government with the skills and tools they need to transform green spaces into dynamic community assets.

Partnerships for Parks 2015 Conference
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
  Partnerships is celebrating 20 years of community engagement in neighborhood green spaces. Read more
about our previous conferences here and stay tuned for more details to follow. 


40 Washington Square South

Location Details: Vanderbilt Hall: Tishman Auditorium

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Five Boro bike tour [Bike NYC] 2015 May 03 /events / TD-five-boro-bike-tour

Cycling is a zero-emissions activity, but a large-scale ride like the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is not. That’s why, in 2014, we implemented initiatives to make the Tour as green as it can be and to set the bar high for sustainably produced events. /program-areas/ environment /about/ #Sustainability

Astoria tree planting

The task was a momentous one, and required the support of numerous City agencies and nonprofits and the help of thousands of invaluable volunteers. As a result of our efforts, the Tour was awarded Silver-level certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, a nonprofit that recognizes sporting events that promote and demonstrate environmentally and socially responsible measures that help reduce the environmental footprint within the event’s host community.

In order to be certified, Bike New York has:
  • Partnered with the New York Restoration Project to plant trees in Astoria Park, a rest area along the route of the Tour.
  • Worked with Grow NYC, the City of New York Department of Sanitation, and the NYC Composter’s Project to divert 83.9% of waste from landfill.
    • 10.3% of waste was composted.
    • 73.6% was recycled.
  • Collaborated with the City’s Department of Environmental Protection to provide fresh NYC drinking water, thereby eliminating the use of more than 4,400 gallons worth of bottled water.
  • Provided cyclists with an eco-friendly Rider Identification Kit, with an UltraGreen bike plate, reusable helmet cover, and Tyvek bib.
  • Produced 3,000 organic cotton T-shirts for staff and volunteers.
  • Donated all leftover food to City Harvest, a local nonprofit dedicated to feeding New York’s hungry.
  • Partnered with a local, 100% wind-powered vendor to print all 35,000 Tour Programs on 100% Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper.

Our hope is that this certification will encourage other organizations and events to join us in going green. The Tour is the first event in New York City to be certified, and we look forward to the day when being sustainable is the rule, not the exception, and certification is a thing of the past.

Council for Responsible Sport (CRS)