MillionTreesNYC (Department of Parks & Recreation & New York Restoration Project)
MillionTreesNYC is a citywide initiative that is focused on creating a healthier, greener, and more equitable city. Launched in October 2007 with the goal of planting one million new trees in New York City's public and private spaces by 2017, MillionTrees met its goal two years ahead of schedule, planting its one millionth tree at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. MillionTreesNYC remains committed to aggressively planting new trees throughout our city, exceeding the one million already planted by planting an additional 150,000 new trees over the next three years, and in collaboration with community, nonprofit, government and corporate partners, will continue to support a robust stewardship program to sustain the long-term health of New York City's urban forest and to systematically catalog tree plantings and their care.
Learn more on MillionTreesNYC's website.
Materials for the Arts
Since 1978, Materials for the Arts has provided thousands of New York City's arts and cultural organizations, public schools, and community arts programs with the supplies they need to run and expand their programs, gathering materials from companies and individuals that no longer need them and redistributing to the artists and educators that do. In the process, hundreds of tons are removed from the waste stream every year and kept out of landfills, helping to sustain our environment and promote reuse and waste reduction. MFTA is currently the largest supplier of free arts materials to the New York City public school system, and was recognized for its innovative environmental work by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
NYC °CoolRoofs (Office of the Mayor, Department of Small Business Services & Sustainable South Bronx)
Launched in September 2009, NYC °CoolRoofs is a collaborative effort aimed at promoting and facilitating the cooling of New York City's rooftops. NYC °CoolRoofs supports local jobseekers in building high-demand skills while cooling New York City rooftops with a white reflective coating that reduces building energy consumption and citywide carbon emissions. NYC °CoolRoofs aims to coat 1 million square feet of rooftop annually and connect NYC °CoolRoofs participants to full-time work at the end of the season. The program supports New York City’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050, as outlined in Mayor de Blasio’s 2014 Built to Last and OneNYC.
To learn more, visit NYC °CoolRoofs' website.