Archive for September 2011

GBM Leader Visits GCS

September 25, 2011

We were so lucky to have GBM Executive Director Professor Karanja visit GCS in his busy schedule this week.  Mr. Kanaja was meeting with UN officials to discuss plans to build an institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in honor of Wangari Maathai in Kenya.  Our GCS puppeteers had a chance to give him a tour of GCS, and to show off our puppets and banners for our annual peace march.  Professor Karanja was impressed with our 8th grade hosts, and with the building and programs we were able to share.  We were honored to have him here, and look forward to our new connection with Kenya.  Our GCS Green Team will be creating a “green pen pal” program with the Sparki School in Mombasa this year.  Stay tuned!

Help Farmers – Get More Greens!

September 25, 2011

This summer, Hurricanes Irene and Lee put enormous pressure on our local ecosystem.  The GROWnyc program has tips and ideas for families that wish to help farmer’s make it through a tough season.   Go to for more information.

Greenmarket’s Hurricane Irene Relief Fund: As the flood waters begin to recede from the fields upstate, we will learn about the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in the days and weeks to come. Counties in New York, New Jersey, and Vermont have been declared “major disasters” by the federal government. The Black Dirt region is still flooded, Sullivan County and Ulster County have seen significant damage, and there are parts of Greene County that no longer exist. We estimate that 80% of Greenmarket farmers have been impacted, with about 10% reporting severe loss—80-100% of their products.

While farmers are still assessing the damage and figuring out how to move forward, here are two ways you can help:

1. Donate.

Give what you can, but those of you donating $50 or more and dedicating it to “Hurricane Relief” between now and September 30 will receive a free Greenmarket poster illustrated by artist Claudia Pearson. 100% of all donations will directly support Greenmarket farmers impacted by Hurricane Irene.

Make a check out to GrowNYC and send to:

Attn: Hurricane Relief
51 Chambers Street, Suite 1231
NY, NY 10007

Write in the memo: Hurricane Relief


Go to our Network for Good donation page
Choose Program Designation: Hurricane Irene Relief

Reuse and Relief – The Green Gremlin’s favorite kind of action!

September 25, 2011

From today’s Treehugger headline story by Alex Davies

“When Go Play! announced a competition to design an innovative playground for 1,000 refugee children along the border of Thailand and Burma, Dutch designer AnneMarie van Splunter thought of old car tires. To be specific, she thought of a playground made entirely out of reused tires on a bamboo frame, made in the shape of a tree with expanding roots.

Though in my opinion it looks more like a squid, and has some practical problems, the design won the contest’s Honorable Mention for Innovation.

Although van Splunter and her advising artist Peter Verhaar wanted to avoid the use of metal (thus the bamboo frame), their environmental leanings were trumped by physics — it turns out that a steel frame would be preferable for safety and durability reasons.

The second issue is the durability of the tires themselves — after a lifetime of supporting cars the tropical heat is cause for concern that they would have to be replaced at some point.

But those concerns aside, the RubberTree is commendable for its creative upcycling of old tires, and for the eye-catching originality of the playground. While it may not be built in Thailand, the team is looking for a commission in its native (and cooler) Netherlands, where various parties have expressed interest in seeing it realized.”

Keys for Hope

September 2, 2011

Our new key collection drive will be linked to our sustainable food program.  Keys for Kindness, a group that collected money from recycled keys for MS research, has closed its doors.  Now, we are joining a new endeavor!

Keys for Hope: Keys in the Classroom is a key drive program that local schools can participate in with the Key For Hope Foundation. The key drive is similar to the more common “book drives”, with the added benefit of teaching the students about recycling. The goals of the key drive are to collect unwanted or obsolete keys, recycle them for charity, and teach students the importance of recycling, charity, and community teamwork.