Celebrating Progress Towards Zero Waste at NYCHA

April 26, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Celebrating Progress Towards Zero Waste at NYCHA»
On Monday, April 23rd Green City Force (GCF) joined the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) , the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Department of Sanitation at Woodson Houses in Brownsville, NY for a celebration of progress towards the City’s and NYCHA’s Zero Waste goal.
NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye, in the final week of her tenure, celebrated Woodson’s success in becoming the top recycler, announced the winners of the NYCx Co-Lab Challenge, and launched implementation of NextGeneration NYCHA Waste Management Plan. Chair Olatoye has been a vocal supporter of young adult leadership in NYCHA and of GCF. GCF Senior Program Officer Mara Cerezo received a certificate of recognition for Green City Force’s role in supporting the Co-Lab Challenge for innovation in resident-driven recycling and composting in Brownsville. GCF will support the winners of the Challenge, Mothers on the Move and EcoRich, as partners in innovation and green job creation benefiting NYCHA residents, in the coming 6 months, as they roll out their pilots. Marie Walker, COO of The Corps Network, GCF’s Love Where You Live Cohort 16 and ED Lisbeth Shepherd were in attendance along with Woodson residents and nonprofit and city agency leaders on zero waste from around the City.
In fall 2017, NYCx Co-Labs launched as hubs for tech experimentation and education located in high-need, high-opportunity neighborhoods that bring together local residents, government, academia, and tech entrepreneurs to identify, co-develop, and test solutions to neighborhood-specific concerns. Getting to work on one of its kickoff challenges, Cohort 15 Members served to conduct primary outreach and surveys for the the Brownsville Zero Waste in Shared Space Challenge. In partnership with Arcadis, Corps Members surveyed NYCHA Brownsville residents about their recycling habits, their perceptions of cleanliness at the development, and conducted recycling facility audits. Community workshops with Corps Members, local residents and other partners like GrowNYC also informed the direction and implementation of this NYCx Challenge.
Brownsville Zero Waste Workshop

Love Where You Live Cohort 15 Members at the NYCx Zero Waste in Shared Space Workshop at the Challenge’s start.

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