Conservation

The mission of the Conservation Committee is to present timely environmental issues to members and the community, to further the restoration and beautification of New York City and to educate children about nature.

 Conservation Forum: “Overcoming Our Nature Deficit”  January 11, 2017

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In recent years, the committee has presented forums with expert speakers on environmental concerns, including:

  • “OVERCOMING OUR NATURE DEFICIT” (2017)
  • “SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK: The Next Ten Years” (2015)
  • “WATER: Our Most Essential Resource” (2014)
  • “LIVING WITH THE FORCES OF NATURE” (2013)
  • “THE FUTURE OF URBAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN” (2011)
  • “GROW GREEN: Discover Urban Farming” (2010)
  • MAJORA CARTER (Environmental City Planner; recipient, MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2009)
  • “IMPROVE YOUR GREEN ROOF IQ” (2008)
  • PANELISTS from Partnerships for Parks, Crotona Park, Forestry and NYC Parks Dept. (2006)

The Conservation Committee also recommends major projects to be the recipients of funds raised at occasional special events and oversees the grantees’ use of the funds.  Conservation projects have included:

  • Re-landscaping of five areas in The Rockaways, including sections of Bayswater Park and the area surrounding the new playground at Beach 28, following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. (2014)
  • Landscape restoration and expansion of educational programs at Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. (2011)
  • Installation of green roofs in the South Bronx, one at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy and the other at Rocking the Boat, a youth development program, both in collaboration with the non-profit organization Sustainable South Bronx. (2008)
  • Landscape restoration and a nature map of a portion of St. Nicholas Park in Upper Manhattan. (2005)