Opportunities & Events

Dreamit + AgTech X panel
Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Agritecture – 40 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Moderator: Elyssa Rothe (Director of Policy & Market Development, PACENation / Strategy Advisor, AgTech X)
Panelists: Gwen Schantz (Co-Founder & COO, Brooklyn Grange); Alan Burchell (Founder, Urbanstrong); Marni Majorelle (Founder, Alive Structures); 1 more TBA
Topic: “The Future of Green Infrastructure: How Cities Can Utilize Rooftops to Solve Food, Water, and Energy Challenges”

Join Dreamit Ventures and AgTech X for networking and discussion with the visionaries who are reimagining urban rooftops for a more sustainable future. We’re bringing together builders, urban farmers, and policy experts to explore the state of green roof technology. Advances in green roof technology has proven to lower energy costs and to reduce carbon emissions. Cities around the world are adopting measures that require large new developments to include green infrastructure.

A panel of experts will discuss the state of green infrastructure, highlighting policy proposals currently being debated by lawmakers, green roofing startups leading innovation in the space, and the engineering challenges associated with this technology.

Councilmembers Ritchie Torres and Brad Lander invite you to a New York City Council Education Committee’s oversight hearing on “Diversity in New York City Schools:”   

Date:    Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Time:     1 pm (DOE will testify first; public testimony likely to begin around 2 pm)

Location:         Council Chambers – City Hall

This hearing will begin with testimony from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) about the plan they released in the spring (“Equity and Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools”), the third-annual “School Diversity Accountability Act” report (just released last week), and other efforts such as their recently-announced plan for District 1 and the work they are beginning for District 15 middle-schools.

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Grants, contests, etc.

NYcX Co-Lab Challenge: Zero Waste in Shared Space

Freshkills Park Alliance T-shirt Design Contest

Hunger Innovation Fellowship

Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Grants, contests, etc.

The Braitmayer Foundation

NYC DOE School Sustainability Project Grants

Celebrate Urban Birds 2018 Mini-Grant

Park Tool Community Grant Program (for biking efforts)

Resist Grants

NY Life Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

Lawrence Foundation

Lexus Eco Challenge

Fund for Teachers

STEMfinity Thanksgiving STEM Giveaway (deadline Nov. 30th)

Shade Structure Program Grant

Global Learning Fellowship


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Groups can obtain  leaf bags for events and giveaways. Leaf bags can be ordered under the promotional category in the following link. I was told each organization can obtain up to 50 leaf bags, but on the website it states they can obtain up to 200.


Space Available – Cornerstone and Beacon Programs Need a location for your next park group meeting? The Cornerstone Program and Beacon Program offer access to school classrooms for community organized meetings (afterschool and weekends only). Search for a location near you at dycdportal.nyc.

Call for Proposals – Artist Residency Program at Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse    
We are looking to partner with a Designer/Artist who wishes to participate in a self-directed residency program at the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse.  We will provide raw materials and space to the artist to delve into  exploring issues associated with our tech consumption and waste generation and to create up-cycled products or public workshops. Please click here for detailed information on the program and application process. Application deadline December 8, 2017.


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Grants, etc.

Citizens Committee Love Your Block Grant (DUE NOVEMBER 6TH)

2018 Recycling Video & Poster Contest

Carton2Garden Contest

Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Resist Grants

MGN Family Foundation

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

NFTE World Series Innovation

TJX Foundation

Lexus Eco Challenge

The Andersons, Inc. (scroll down once on the page for charitable giving donations and report; it seems national but hard to tell)

Webb Family Foundation

Safe in the City Grant_Application

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Need your help

HI all…a bit off topic again…but I told you that Brooklyn College Academy is up for a major grant -100K for its new Mindfulness Center. Daily voting ends on October 30th. Sadly, we are in 11th place…only five win (most votes).

I never ask for help..but need it now. Please vote (and if you can do that daily, hurray!): Brooklyn College Academy, teacher Linda Noble: https://www.farmers.com/thank-americas-teachers/vote-for-a-teacher/vote-100k-proposal/

Please spread the word. If you have major networks you are in, please get the word out. We need a miracle at this point.

The Mindfulness Center is a unique program…we will be training all teachers in mindfulness practices, students will be trained to become mindfulness practitioners (to lead peers) and we will try to research the impact.

We had a great opportunity this week to have the First Lady visit:

Initiative creates ‘mindfulness rooms’ for NYC Schools
And here are a few more links:
NYC First Lady Twitter
NYC DOE Commissioner Bassett Twitter
Brooklyn School Turns Abandoned Home Ec Classroom into Meditation Space
Brooklyn College Academy Debuts New Space Dedicated to Mindfulness
NYC Mayor’s Office (scroll down for photos)
First Lady McCray, Health Commissioner Bassett Announce the Creation of 15 New High School Wellness Spaces Designed to Promote Mental Health
Brooklyn College Academy Finalist for $100,000 Grant
Vote to Help Brooklyn CollegeAcademy Win $100,000
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Events & Opportunities


National Children and Youth Garden Symposium Call for Sessions

Food Policy Networks Photo Contest

Calling all  kids who care about climate change!

Ready to interview a government official?

2017 Climate Change, Kids, and Diplomats

We are casting kids between the age of 7 and 12

to be a part of our next climate video!

 To bring positive attention to what can be achieved when we work together, we’ll create a short film of children interviewing diplomats. Both the children and the diplomats will be individuals who are initiating inspiring climate actions in their schools, communities and countries. Our goal is to have 5 kids interviewing 5 diplomats for a total of 10 stories.

We’ll focus on selecting children who are in the age range of 7 to 12 years old. As part of a pre-rehearsal, we’ll hold a workshop for the children we’re considering featuring to attend. That way we can get a better sense of how comfortable they’ll be in front of the camera.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend, although the kids are the only ones who will be on camera.

We’ll script the questions based on pre-interviews with the selected individuals beforehand and let their own stories, experiences and questions lead the tone of how these interviews evolve.

The possibilities for this project are especially exciting for us as we focus on collaboration and the amazing things that can be achieved when people work together.

For interested youth, please email the following to tara@humanimpactsinstitute.org by Tuesday, October 31st:

  • A photo (just a snapshot is great!)

  • Why you want to participate in the project

  • What you’d like to ask a government leader about climate change!

No experience is necessary.  Just a passion for climate action and a lot of enthusiasm for the project!

National Good Food Network Conference Call for Session Proposals 2018+Conference+Sessions+RFP-3

The 2018 National Good Food Network Conference will bring together 500 practitioners and supporters from the Good Food value chain for engaging presentations, technical assistance trainings, networking, and peer-learning opportunities. We are seeking innovators from the trenches to offer instruction and inspiration for building resilient regional food value chains. This conference is particularly focused on creating effective partnerships and collaborations (across hubs, across sectors, across geography, etc.)

We are seeking sessions…

that offer stories, tools, strategies, and lessons learned that will make for interactive and innovative presentations, workshops, panels and trainings. Sessions should build participant capacity for the development and expansion of viable and equitable food value chains and the food hubs within those chains.

Conference focus areas include:

  • food hub operations, efficiencies, and innovations
  • market assessments and business planning
  • value-chain coordination
  • meat, fish and grain value chains
  • sales, negotiation, and other business skills
  • meeting market and regulatory requirements
  • community-based value chain development
  • managing supply and demand
  • financing and finances
  • local, state, and federal food policy
  • measuring economic, social, environmental, health impacts

Proposal deadline is November 13, 2017.


Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab: Introduction to Environmental Education

Teaching about Race and Racism

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Educational Green Roofs Conference

Gateway Teacher Workshops

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