The Foundation for New York’s Strongest, Inc. is the official nonprofit organization of the New York City Department of Sanitation.
Supported by private funding and in-kind donations, the Foundation leverages non-traditional strategies to promote sustainability and advance the essential services Sanitation employees provide by:
DSNY launched its Foundation for New York’s Strongest with a bold new clothing line at an unprecedented 2016 Fashion Week event. Unveiled at DSNY’s critically acclaimed Spring Street salt shed, fashion designer Heron Preston created a ready-to-wear collection to keep used clothing from decomposing in landfills – while celebrating our emergency responders. Best known for his work with Kanye West and Nike, he built upon street-style by repurposing decommissioned DSNY uniforms and thrift store finds. This creative use of secondhand materials highlighted Sanitation’s workers, reuse programs and zero-waste goals. The fundraising event drew international attention to the Department’s zerowaste-to-landfills goal – drawing supporters from as far away as South Africa who purchased Heron’s one-of-a-kind garments.