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Freecycling at GCS goes Online!

October 16, 2011

GCS  now has it’s freecycling program online!  Just like our free and fabulous costume swap, this is a way for you to give away usable items, and get “new to you” items, by simply posting your things online.  The rules are simple, items must be given away for free.  If you’d like an item,  you should pick it up yourself or arrange a mutually convenient exchange.  That’s it!  Post things you’d like, as well as things you’d like to give away!  Good luck and exchange away!  You must be logged into the parent portal to use the site;

GCS Freecycle Page

Check out the wider NYC stuff exchange here;

NYC Stuff Exchange

Costume Swap 2011!

October 6, 2011

Lots of fun was had at our Costume Swap today!  Keeping costumes out of landfills, and making new costumes out of old ones is the name of the green game.  Dream costumes were found today! Knights, bears, star wars fighters, and pharaohs all walked out of room 111.  Join us until 10/6 for more fun!


Wangari Muta Mary Jo Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011)

October 1, 2011

Grace School Friends,

Thank you for your kind words. We are deeply pained and saddened by her departure even if it was not unexpected. When I visited your school, I had an eerie feeling that we were in the final days weeks of her life. But we all thought we would have her a little longer. The planet has lost its most fervent advocate. The world has lost an extraordinary human being. Kenya has lost an irreplaceable jewel. You and I have lost a colleague, mentor, role model, heroine, friend, relative …..

May the Lord rest her soul in eternal Peace.

Karanja Njoroge


Here at GCS, we mourn the loss of Wangari Maathai. After spending a year studying and admiring her work from a far, and then having the overwhelmingly lucky opportunity to visit her program in Kenya, we are so sad to see her go. Of course, our wish is that her work is even more highly recognized and honored in the coming years. The learn more about her, please see the the GBM website;
“Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women’s rights activist, and a former parliamentarian.”

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.”

Ms. Lesio’s Backyard Paradise

July 20, 2011

 In a notoriously hard to garden patch of Brooklyn, Ms. Lesio has a green oasis.  With a little compost tea, and a lot of hard work, she has a lawn with gorgeous flowers for summer relaxation.  Thanks for sharing your garden pictures with the Gremlins!