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:

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 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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Grants, awards, etc.

Katie’s Krops Growers

TD Green Streets Grant Program

America Walks Micro Grants

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

JASON Learning Recycling Contest

NYAITC Grow with Us Grant

Gray Family Foundation Environmental Education Grant

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D3 Green Schools Group Meeting this Friday: NWF Eco-Schools Presentation

/ / / D3 Green Schools Group October Meeting – FRIDAY / / /

NWF Eco-Schools: How YOUR SCHOOL Can Apply for an Eco-Schools Award and Make Real Change We will have guest speakers from Green Flag Eco-Schools in Greenpoint and Emily Fano, NWF Eco-Schools Senior Manager (to see the great work done in Greenpoint Eco-schools check out: GreenpointEcoSchools/). The Coaches will present on how they used the Consumption and Waste Pathway to address waste issues at their schools. Every school on this list has implemented innovative sustainability programs – We hope this presentation will spur your school to join the Eco-Schools program and apply for awards!

>> Following the talk, we will have the opportunity to tour the incredible NY Sun Works GREENHOUSE at Manhattan School for Children (upstairs from the meeting room – PS 333)

when: Friday, October 27th at 9am
where: Joan of Arc Building, 154 West 93rd Street (b/w Amsterdam and Columbus), Manhattan
2nd floor balcony room

Please RSVP to megnor72.


Lauren and Megan
D3 Green Schools Group co-Chairs

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CPF: Learning Gardens Job Post & Tool Donation

Greetings everyone!

We have an opening for a Part-Time High School Coordinator for our Learning Gardens Program. The position runs from January – August. This person will oversee the implementation of an Afterschool Training Program at all 4 of our Learning Garden sites for a total of 30 students. The HS Coordinator will also see the transitioning of these students to our paid summer Internship in which students will then teach incoming middle school and elementary aged summer groups on the horticultural and science knowledge gained during the Training Program.

Applications are on the website: can be found here:

In addition, we would like to donate our children’s gardening tools to any schools who need them! We have long handles shovels, steel rakes, and plastic rakes. Great for students grades 1-3. They are USED, but we no longer need them for our programs. We’d like to donate and see them used instead of throwing them out. Please email directly mhara if you are interested. Pick-up locations are South Bronx, Bedstuy/Bushwick, Brownsville, or Jamaica Queens.

Thanks everyone!

Manna Hara
Associate Director of Environmental Education, Learning Gardens
City Parks Foundation
mhara | 212-360-2744

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Compost Associate (Part-time)
Primary Objective:
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, provides compost outreach and education to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS).The compost associate is employed by Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) and reports to the senior organics recovery coordinator based in Red Hook. This part-time position is primarily responsible for processing food scraps delivered to the Red Hook compost site with NYC Compost Project colleagues and volunteers. All compost generated on-site is used for local community greening projects. The compost associate will also operate a food scrap drop-off site one morning a week in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Schedule: Approximately 25 hours per week, Tuesday–Saturday

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  Maintain various food scrap drop-off opportunities for Brooklyn neighborhoods not served by existing NYC composting programs.
  •   Accept household food scraps from NYC residents and process by hand at Red Hook compost facility; act as an overall ambassador of the project to NYC residents. Grow residential participation in the program through outreach activities and utilization of NYC Compost Project– branded materials (table skirt, feather banner, literature). Share accurate information with public regarding DSNY and BBG programs.
  •  Demonstrate commitment to learning and adhering to best practices in urban composting operations at Red Hook facility so as to expand the quantity of NYC organics that can be processed locally and to produce high-quality finished material for community greening projects.
  •  Lead volunteers in the collection of organics and processing of materials at Red Hook facility, modeling and educating about best practices.
  •  Provide Compost Project manager with required data for monthly reports about food scrap drop- off sites, including locations, community participation, and quantity of scraps collected

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Perform additional duties as determined by the Compost Project manager and by the BRS NYC Compost Project program manager.
  •  Attend monthly/quarterly staff or city-wide Compost Project meetings and professional development sessions.
  • Consult with BRS about any new drop-off sites and verify that all food scrap drop-off sites and events are listed correctly in all BRS promotional forums (BRS website, BRS events calendar, BRS social media posts, etc.).


  • High school degree
  •  Strong knowledge base regarding environmental stewardship and sustainable practices
  •  Experience with diverse computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite)
  •  Minimum two years’ work experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate the public about environmental stewardship—alone and in a team—in a variety of settings
  •  Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a box truck
  •  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks
  •  Solid work ethic with a sense of focus and urgency in goal achievement, no time wasted
  •  Enthusiasm for challenging outdoor physical work, including very hot or very cold conditions
  •  Commitment to observing high standards for environmental stewardship, even when such standards require detailed menial work like sweeping and picking up litter
  •  Demonstrated interest/skill in accepting feedback and improving one’s performance, learning and applying operational standards of working productively with colleagues/volunteers, and getting the job done well
  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required
  •  Ability to travel locally throughout Brooklyn

Professional Level
Entry level

Minimum Education Required
High School

How to Apply:
Please email a résumé and cover letter, indicating the title of the position in the subject line, along with the names of three references with contact information, to



Application Deadline:

Position Title:           Garden Activity Specialist

Program:                  P.S. 90

Reports To:              Program Director

Direct Reports:        N/A


The YWCA of the City of New York is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA is seeking a caring, creative, and results oriented Garden Activity Specialist. We are looking for a Garden Activity Specialist with the ability to design and develop a school garden as well as facilitate classroom and garden instruction with elementary age students. The garden instructor must be able to foster creativity, engage students, foster curiosity and connect with the community, as well as work well with staff to maintain a team environment. Applicant should have experience landscaping and creating beautiful gardening learning environment for young people. Applicant will also be part of the YWCA PS 90 STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) team and work towards building skills, innovation, and problem solving in the area of STEM.

Primary Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Create and maintain school garden, caring for equipment, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, and pest and disease management.
  • Develop garden lessons that are integrated into standards-based curriculum.
  • Guide and teach students through all aspects of garden propagation, planting, cultivation, and general maintenance.
  • Cultivate communication and relationships with staff, teachers, and administrative staff, as well as the community of parents, neighbors, school garden educators, and potential affiliates
  • Implementation of nutritional, sustainability and organic education
  • Create and participate in after school, community, and school-wide events
  • Participate in the planning and leadership of summer activities
  • Lead the creation of a Farmer’s garden/market



  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in related field
  • Must have at least one year of gardening or landscaping experience
  • Must have at least one-year teaching and/or facilitating elementary age youth
  • Experience with urban gardening, hydroponics, indoor gardening a strong plus
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and analytical ability
  • Bilingual preferred, (Spanish or other languages)
  • Commitment to promoting YWCA’s social justice mission, educational and youth development philosophy.



Send resume to:

Reina Onorato | Program Coordinator, SVP
T: 347.322.4460 O: 646.343.7210







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