Winners of Past Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants
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2011 Grant Recipients
DEC Region 2 - New York City
The Morningside Heights/West Harlem Sanitation Coalition, Inc. - Manhattan - $25,000 - for expansion of an existing residential recycling program and comprehensive education of public housing residents on management of household waste and integrated pest management.
Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation - Brooklyn - $49,991 - for design and construction of a green infrastructure pilot project to absorb stormwater runoff from a local street into the Gowanus Canal.
The Newtown Creek Alliance - Brooklyn and Queens - $39,848 - for development and testing of handheld air pollution monitoring devices for use by trained community members.
Brooklyn Food Coalition - Brooklyn - $48,843 - for development of vegetable gardens and nutrition education programs in schools in low-income neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
Roots of Peace Community Garden - Staten Island - $5,180 - for expansion of a community garden in a low-income neighborhood of Staten Island.
West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) - Manhattan - $28,200 - for a large scale household education project in lead testing.
The Point Community Development Corporation - Bronx - $50,000 - for completion of a green roof with environmental education and meeting facilities.
Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. - Queens - $50,000 - for a community education project to teach local residents to effectively advocate for improved environmental conditions in their neighborhood.
Bronx River Alliance, Inc. - Bronx - $50,000 - for development and support of environmental science curricula and water quality monitoring along the Lower Bronx River.
United Community Centers, Inc. - Brooklyn - $49,908 - for creation of a community garden in a large urban vacant lot and related community education.
Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. - Brooklyn - $44,995 - for an assessment of neighborhood open space and restoration of two community gardens.
DEC Region 3 - Hudson Valley
Poughkeepsie Farm Project - Poughkeepsie - $49,942 - for a community education project to use a current community garden an plan and develop new gardens in the community.
Groundwork Hudson Valley - Yonkers - $13,090 - for improvements to open space and green infrastructure and community education in four public housing communities in Yonkers.
DEC Regions 4 and 5 - Capital District and North Country
Green Tech Charter High School - Albany - $10,367 - for construction of green infrastructure to capture stormwater runoff from school buildings.
Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club - Mohawk Community of Akwesasne in Franklin County - $49,756 - for development of an education program for Mohawk youth about traditional uses of furbearing mammals and environmental threats to those species.
DEC Regions 7 and 8 - Central New York
North East Area Development, Inc. - Rochester - $42,060 - for deconstruction of abandoned buildings in a low-income community of Rochester and reuse of the recovered building materials.
Onondaga Earth Corps and Partnership for Onondaga Creek - Syracuse - $49,967 - for the creation of environmental education and youth leadership and job training programs in low-income neighborhoods of Syracuse.
Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) - Binghamton - $50,000 - for repair of urban farms that were damaged by the flooding of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, and expansion of the farms to benefit community residents.
DEC Region 9 - Western New York
Massachusetts Avenue Project - Buffalo - $50,000 - for expansion of a successful urban aquaculture and hydroponics (aquaponics) program and related community education.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper - Buffalo - $50,000 - for an extensive series of projects involving water quality and shoreline monitoring, subsistence angler education, and youth training; continuation of a successful project funded by a 2008 Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant.
Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo - Buffalo - $50,000 - for expansion of a successful series of workshops for residents and organizations in Buffalo's West Side on community gardens and urban agriculture.
Salamanca Healthy Homes Committee - Salamanca - $50,000 - for an extensive household lead testing program in homes throughout Salamanca.
Groundwork Buffalo - Buffalo - $45,277 - for construction of a community garden and related community education programs.
Valley Community Association - Buffalo - $50,000 - for continuation of environmental education, water quality monitoring and a community recycling program at Valley Community Association's facility on the Buffalo River.
2008 Grant Recipients
DEC Regions 1 and 2 - New York City and Long Island
Long Beach Latino Civic Association - City of Long Beach, Nassau County
Project: Beach Environmental Action for a Cleaner Habitat (BEACH) - Long Beach Latino Civic Association will conduct a study of environmental hazards in the North Park area of the City of Long Beach and educate the local community about the findings of the study.
Queens Community House - Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens
Project: Creating a Green Agenda for Jackson Heights - Queens Community House will conduct a comprehensive environmental inventory and create a sustainable development agenda for the community.
Sustainable South Bronx - Bronx County
Project: Smith School Green Roof Project - Construction of a green roof/courtyard at the Alfred E. Smith Career & Technical Education High School, and development of related environmental education curricula.
West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) - Harlem neighborhood, Manhattan (New York County)
Project: Climate Justice from Northern Manhattan to the World: Protecting Health and Transforming the Economy - International conference on the impacts of global climate change on low-income communities and communities of color and ways to improve public policy to protect those communities.
Bronx River Alliance, Inc. - Bronx County
Project: Bronx River Classroom - Development and support of environmental science curricula and water quality monitoring along the Lower Bronx River.
The Morningside Heights/West Harlem Sanitation Coalition, Inc. - West Harlem community, Manhattan (New York County)
Project: Public Housing Recycling Pilot Program - Expansion of an existing residential recycling program at the Grant Houses in West Harlem to include testing of new rodent-proof recyclable storage and comprehensive education of public housing residents on management of household waste and integrated pest management.
The Newtown Creek Alliance - East Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods, Brooklyn (King County), and Maspeth neighborhood, Queens
Project: Community Health and Harm Narrative Project - Health-based interviews of community residents living along Newtown Creek in the East Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods, Brooklyn, and the Maspeth neighborhood, Queens, with results presented in a unique online interactive GIS map.
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance - Far Rockaway, Queens
Project: Rockaway/Jamaica Bay Environmental Leadership Youth Program - After school program for youth in Edgemere Community Park/DuBois Point community to study renewable energy alternatives for the community and develop waterfront trails.
Phoenix Community Garden - Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: Expand operations of a 19,000 square foot community garden and outdoor environmental education center.
UPROSE, Inc. - Sunset Park community, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: Sunset Park EJ Tour - Study of local air pollution and related health effects and other environmental burdens, followed by environmental education tours of Sunset Park.
United Neighborhood Houses of New York - Elementary schools in low-income communities throughout New York City
Project: After School Conservation Club - A collaboration with The After School Corporation and DEC to engage low-income schoolchildren in conservation projects throughout New York City.
North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, Inc. - North Shore of Staten Island (Richmond County)
Project: NSWC Phase 2: The Staten Island Waterfront Communities & Manufacturing Sites Clean Up, Revitalization and Restoration Project - Following up on a successful research project conducted with a 2006 Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy will produce a documentary about abandoned industrial sites and conduct classroom programs about the local environment.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club - Lower East Side neighborhood, Manhattan (New York County)
Project: E(2): Environmental Exchange - A program with local residents to exchange hazardous household chemicals for healthier and environmentally-benign cleaning products and pest control methods.
OUTRAGE - Williamsburg-Greenpoint neighborhood, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: OUTRAGE Truck Traffic and Air Quality Project - A community-based study of environmental and public health hazards from local solid waste facilities and attendant truck traffic, with community education and development of mitigation proposals based on the results.
Hell's Kitchen Air Quality Partnership - Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Manhattan (New York County)
Project: Air Quality Evaluation and Education Project - A study of multiple sources that contribute to the high asthma rate in the community, particularly traffic congestion and substandard housing, and community education and advocacy.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation - Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: Healthy Homes, Good Jobs, Cleaner Air - Partnership with Pratt Center for Community Development to reduce energy consumption by providing: (1) free energy audits and energy conservation education to low-income residents; and (2) job training and apprenticeship opportunities in energy retrofits.
Brooklyn Art Incubator, Inc. - Magnolia Tree Earth Center, Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: BAI - Vision to Action Clean Air Project - Artistic visioning by community residents of ways to improve local air quality, followed by construction of a community garden and other green infrastructure at Magnolia Tree Earth Center.
The Point Community Development Corporation - Hunts Point, Bronx
Project: The South Bronx Community Green Roof Project - Construction of a green roof with environmental education and meeting facilities on The Point Community Development Corporation Building in Hunts Point.
Added Value - Red Hook community, Brooklyn
Project: Hydro-Integration - Construction of a rain water capture system for a community garden to reduce the garden's ecological footprint, along with community education to promote rainwater capture and use.
The Cornucopia Society Inc. - Jamaica, Queens
Project: The Tree Restoration, Pruning and Education Project - A project to restore street trees in Jamaica through planting, training of professional tree pruners, and education of community residents on the benefits of street trees.
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation - Rush East New York Art Center, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: Green Programs at Rush East NY - Renovation of an abandoned building into a green community arts and cultural center with environmental education programs.
Rocking the Boat - Hunts Point, Bronx
Project: Bronx River Water Quality - Water quality monitoring, oyster bed reintroduction, riparian habitat restoration and outdoor environmental education at the mouth of the Bronx River.
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice - Soundview/Bruckner neighborhood, Bronx
Project: Concrete Plant Park - Development of education , recreation and community outreach programs to promote use of the new Concrete Plant Park on the Bronx River, along with installation of water contamination warning systems.
Going Coastal, Inc. - Brooklyn seashore (Kings County)
Project: Reel It In, Brooklyn! - Survey of subsistence anglers' knowledge and attitudes about fish health advisories, research into health advisories and fish contamination and education of anglers.
Wildlife Conservation Society - Coney Island, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: Teen Conservation Society - A partnership with the New York City Aquarium to provide training and job opportunities for inner-city teens as a aquarium docents and interns and to engage the participants in hands-on stream conservation projects.
Chinese Progressive Association - Chinatown neighborhood, Manhattan (New York County)
Project: Chinatown Environmental Health and Justice Project - Study of multiple air pollution sources and impacts in the community, followed by education of community residents about preventing asthma and other respiratory problems.
Prospect Park Alliance - Prospect Park, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: BASE Rheinstrom Hill Program - Summer ecological research camp at the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Hillsdale, Columbia County, for inner-city Brooklyn youth attending the Brooklyn Academy of Science in Prospect Park.
United Community Centers, Inc. - East New York neighborhood, Brooklyn (Kings County)
Project: East New York Farms! - Development of sustainable systems and community education programs for two urban farms and a farmers' market.
DEC Region 3 - Hudson Valley
Groundwork Yonkers - City of Yonkers, Westchester County
Project: Aqueduct Trail Assessment, Health & Education Project - Development of an interpretive trail system and related educational programs along the Croton Aqueduct.
Save Them Now - City of Kingston, Ulster County Award: $41,380
Project: Clean Air, Clean Jobs Initiative - Program to train and certify former inmates to conduct low-cost indoor air quality audits for low-income homeowners and renters.
Citizens for Equal Environmental Protection (CEEP) - City of Peekskill, Westchester County
Project: Creating a Comprehensive Environmental Justice Inventory for Peekskill - Partnership with Clearwater to conduct a thorough study of industrial pollution sources in the vicinity of Peekskill.
Spring Valley Concerned Citizens Coalition - Village of Spring Valley, Rockland County
Project: Assessment of Multiple diesel sources and their effects on Spring Valley residents - Air quality monitoring of bus and train depots with community education.
DEC Region 4 - Capital Region
Schenectady Inner City Ministry - City of Schenectady, Schenectady County
Project: Healthy Homes - Healthy People - Development of a household hazardous waste collection system for low-income residents in downtown Schenectady.
Capital District Community Gardens - City of Troy, Rensselaer County
Project: The Produce Project - Construction of an urban farm on vacant inner-city land and development of entrepreneurial job training and environmental education programs for local youth.
DEC Region 5 - North Country
Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment, Inc. - Mohawk Community of Akwesasne, Franklin County, Ontario and Quebec
Project: "Linking Environmental Harm from International Sources, Affecting One Native Community" - A comprehensive study of environmental harms throughout the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border.
DEC Region 7 - Central New York
Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. - City of Syracuse, Onondaga County
Project: "Jubilee Homes Urban Farm Project" - Construction of an urban farm in downtown Syracuse with after-school and summer employment for local youth.
Sunnycrest Park Association - City of Syracuse, Onondaga County
Project: "Nature in the City at Sunnycrest Park" - Development of outdoor education curricula at three local elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods.
The Dunbar Center - Dunbar Association, Inc. - City of Syracuse, Onondaga County
Project: "Green Infrastructure Information, Training and Demonstration Project" - Construction of green infrastructure on the building and grounds of the Dunbar Center to reduce stormwater flows into Onondaga Creek and the Midland Avenue Regional Treatment Facility, along with education programs and youth job training to promote green infrastructure at other locations in the community.
Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) - City of Binghamton, Broome County
Project: "Growing Healthy Communities Through Sustainable Urban Gardens" - Development of community gardens and education programs at two locations in downtown Binghamton.
DEC Region 8 - Central New York
Medina Memorial Health Care System - Community Partners - Village of Medina, Orleans County
Project: "Medina Lead Remediation" - Program to assist low income homeowners and renters reduce lead hazards in their homes by providing education, lead screenings, materials and supplies.
South West Area Neighborhood Assn, Inc. (SWAN) - City of Rochester, Monroe County
Project: "Promoting environmental justice in housing through a model healthy home" - Continuation of a successful household environmental health education center funded by the Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant Program in 2006.
DEC Region 9 - Western New York
Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo - City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "Community Garden Workshop Series" - A series of workshops for residents and organizations in Buffalo's West Side on community gardens and urban agriculture.
Clean Air Coalition of Western New York - Cities of Tonawanda and Kenmore, Erie County
Project: "Implementing Reduction Strategies for Benzene in the Workplace and Community" - Following up on air quality research conducted in partnership with the DEC Division of Air Resources and funded by a 2007 Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant, Clean Air Coalition will work to reduce residential and workplace exposure to benzene through community and occupational education, policy initiatives, and a "good neighbor" campaign with local industries.
The Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York - City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "The Model Block Demonstration Project" - A neighborhood development project to help East Buffalo block clubs investigate and remediate environmental hazards in residential lots and develop neighborhood beautification plans; phase two of a successful project funded by a 2006 Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant.
None Like You Family Educational and Community Outreach Program - City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "We Care Community Lot Reclamation Continuation Grant" - A multi-phase project to build community gardens, research phytoremediation of lead in soil, inventory environmental harms and assets, and provide hands-on environmental education for youth and community residents using abandoned residential lots in East Buffalo; a continuation of a successful project funded by a 2006 Environmental Justice Community Impact Research Grant.
Massachusetts Avenue Project - City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "Growing Green Urban Demonstration Farm" - Expansion of existing urban farm to add an aquiculture demonstration, educational stations, and training of local youth as community educators.
Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences - City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "Project Treegeneration" - Extensive urban tree planting combined with community education, school curriculum development and youth training in tree stewardship.
Valley Community Association - Buffalo River Valley, City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "In Our Backyard" - Development of environmental education, water quality monitoring and a community recycling program at Valley Community Association's facility on the Buffalo River.
People's Park Steering Committee - City of Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "People's Park Community Development and Sustainability Project" - Research on community needs for People's Park and its gardens, followed by community education on urban pollution, community gardening and food production.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper - Buffalo River, Niagara River and Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo, Erie County
Project: "Riverwatch Volunteer Waterway Monitoring Program Action Campaigns" - Continuation of an extensive and successful series of projects involving water quality and shoreline monitoring, community education, and youth training.
2007 Grant Recipients
Clean Air Coalition of Western New York- Erie County
Project: Researching the Potential Link Between Air Pollution from Numerous Point and Mobile Sources on Community Exposure and Health - Clean Air Coalition will investigate the potential link between negative health impacts and air pollution from numerous point and mobile sources in the Town of Tonawanda's mixed industrial and residential zone, an area that includes a gasoline storage facility and coal-fired power plant among other sources. Research methods will include the use of personal air monitoring badges on resident volunteers, bucket air samplers, and a network of volunteers to track odors and acute health effects from suspected air emission sources. This project will support and widen the research scope of a currently funded DEC air toxics study.
North River Community Environmental Review Board, Inc. - New York County (Manhattan)
Project: The North River Community Environmental Review Board (NRCERB) monitors water quality at the North River Water Pollution Control Plant in West Harlem in conjunction with the DEC and New York City Department of Environmental Protection and reports findings to the local community in bi-monthly caucuses. The EJ Grant will provide funding to support NRCERB's ongoing monitoring and community education work in this area.
Social Justice Center and Citizens' Environmental Coalition - Albany County
Project: Mitigating Multiple Harms: A Green Roof for the Social Justice Center - The Social Justice Center and Citizens' Environmental Coalition will work on short-term mitigation of poor air quality near the convergence of Washington and Central avenues in Albany by designing and installing a "green roof" on all or part of the 800 square foot roof of the Center's facility. The green roof is comprised of a rooftop garden of grasses and other plants that can absorb ozone and diesel fuel particulates in a heavily trafficked area. The project will include air quality monitoring at the site to evaluate the effectiveness of the green roof.
2006 Grant Recipients
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper - Erie and Niagara Counties
Project: Riverwatch Volunteer Waterway Monitoring Action Campaigns - Riverkeeper will develop proactive campaigns for water quality monitoring, storm water education, pipe watch/spills monitoring, and habitat assessment.
Dunbar Association Inc. - Onondaga County
Project: Lead Education Resource Grant - Dunbar Association will address childhood lead poisoning in a South Syracuse community impacted by various environmental harms and risks including lead, asthma, poor nutrition, and the stresses associated with poverty through blood testing, research into the most effective ways to increase public awareness of the causes and prevention of lead poisoning, and follow up with further blood lead testing to determine the success of their education and outreach efforts.
Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York - Erie County
Project: East Buffalo Community Hazard Identification Study - Environmental Justice Action Group will address a variety of potential sources of contamination in East Buffalo such as household lead sources, Superfund and brownfield sites, and facilities which emit hazardous chemicals. This organization will use the grant funds to develop a two-part program to identify these potential risks.
Groundwork Yonkers - Westchester County
Project: LaMartine Community Health and Pollution Prevention - Groundwork Yonkers will evaluate potential exposure of residents in the LaMartine neighborhood of Yonkers to multiple environmental risks from vacant lots, toxic contamination, soot, and other air pollutants. From this, priority issues and intervention strategies will be developed.
Keep Western New York Beautiful - Erie County
Project: Sustainable Urban Lots: The Power of Plants - Keep Western New York Beautiful will mitigate environmental harms and risks by introducing phytoremediation techniques into community gardening practices.
None Like You Educational and Community Outreach Program - Erie County
Project: WE CARE Community Lot Reclamation - This will be a community demonstration project for environmentally sound vacant lot reclamation in Buffalo, part of a broader initiative from the Buffalo Weed and Seed Program and the Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning to address problem properties on Buffalo's East Side.
The North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, Inc. (NSWC) - Richmond County (Staten Island)
Project: The Staten Island North Shore Waterfront Communities and Manufacturing Sites Clean Up, Revitalization, and Restoration Project ("North Shore Project") - NSWC will identify manufacturing sites along the North Shore that have negative environmental impacts on the surrounding communities so that sustainable urban planning can be developed for those areas. This project will provide educational tools to promote cleanup of contaminated sites, obtain funding for restoration, and provide information for officials to put into future development policies.
Southwest Area Neighborhood Association, Inc. (SWAN) - Monroe County
Project: Reducing Home-based Environmental Health Hazards in Rochester, NY: A Demonstration Project ("Healthy Home") - SWAN will conduct surveys of participants in the Healthy Home education programs to study the most effective means of educating builders, medical professionals and the local community in ways that will improve the environmental health of low-income residences in Rochester.
West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT) - New York County (Manhattan)
Project: Rosa Parks School Bus Campaign - This is a research and demonstration project to retrofit a school bus with emissions controls; results will be used for education projects to prevent the exposure of Northern Manhattan children and school bus drivers to health risks associated with the buildup of diesel exhaust fumes inside school bus cabins.
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Inc. (YMPJ) - Bronx County
Project: Rooftop Wellness Demonstration Project - A living roof for the St. Joan of Arc Church in the Bronx will be created with solar paneling and vegetable and medicinal herb gardens. This project will address some of the environmental and health concerns in the Bronx River and Soundview neighborhoods, which suffer from high asthma rates and other health problems.