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.

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11th Annual Forum


 Wednesday, January 10, 2018

For the past 11 years, the Conservation Committee of The City Gardens Club has organized educational forums attracting an audience of CGC members, activists, and the general public. Led by recognized experts in their fields, these annual colloquiums focus on critical environmental issues. To name a few, past topics have included “Overcoming our Nature Deficit,” “Sustainable New York,” “Water, Our Most Important Resource,” and “Living with the Forces of Nature.” (Scroll down for the complete list of past topics.) The committee chose this year’s topic, ” Understanding Biodiversity,” because of its urgency and critical importance.


Dr. Brooke Bateman
Director, Climate Watch, National Audubon Society
Karenna Gore
Director, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
Emily Nobel Maxwell
Director, Urban Conservation Program, NYC, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Donald Melnick
Professor of Conservation Biology
Director, Center for Environment, Economy and Society, Columbia University
Dr. Ana Porzencanski
Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
American Museum of Natural History
Dr. William Schuster
Executive Director, Black Rock Forest Consortium

For content of our 2017 Forum, Click Here

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

  • “FEEDING NYC: How 8 Million People Get Their Food” (2016)
  • “SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK: The Next Ten Years” (2015)
  • “WATER: Our Most Essential Resource” (2014)
  • “GROW GREEN: Discover Urban Farming” (2010)
  • MAJORA CARTER (Environmental City Planner; recipient, MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2009)
  • 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)
  • 85th Anniversary Project: Creating a garden at the Aguilar Branch of the New York Public Library on East 110th Street in Manhattan. (2003)