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Volume XXVIII, Number 5770
Monday, Jan 07, 2013

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Terrence Hartwell is Management’s Employees of the Month for November.

Terrence started his career with Parks as a Computer Aide in 2002. He is currently a Network Site Administrator for the Olmsted Center, one of the most challenging and diverse IT environments at the Parks Department. With over 400 users representing a cross section of multiple professions, supporting the Olmsted Center requires an understanding of multiple disciplines and an extremely high degree of technical competence.

This past summer, Terrence (along with his colleague Braulio who was honored at last month’s ceremony) helped lead a modernization of all the computers in the compound. The last time this was undertaken, the process took over three months to complete. Under a new implementation plan overseen and executed by Terrence, the timetable was reduced to two weeks, and done in such a manner as to have a minimal impact on users. In total, Terrence installed 294 new computers, 300 monitors, and reimaged and reinstalled 85 additional computers.

In deploying all of this equipment, Terrence showed how much he cares about his work. He ensured that the computer installation was seamless so as to not disrupt day-to-day operations at Olmsted. Staff members turned their computers off and went home at night, and came in to the office the next morning to find a new computer on their desks ready to work. No one at Olmsted has had any issues with the new equipment, and this is all a credit to Terrence’s hard work.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Terrence worked countless hours helping to rebuild the network at the Olmsted Center. Every PC in the building – so painstakingly installed over the summer – had to be reinstalled once again. Terrence set up temporary offices in order to keep employee downtime at a minimum.

Through the years, Terrence has demonstrated commitment and a willingness to sacrifice his own time to make sure his fellow Parkies always have the connectivity and resources they need to get their own jobs done.

For his dedication and hard work, Terrence was nominated by Diane Jackier, Chief of Staff for Capital Projects, Therese Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects, and Robert Garafola, Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget.


Green Tip of the Week
Participate in MulchFest this Weekend!

The holidays have come and gone but odds are your Christmas tree still remains. Don’t worry, because there are plenty of opportunities to ‘treecycle’ at MulchFest this weekend. On Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, the NYC Parks Department will be recycling trees into mulch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 80 designated parks citywide. Spreading wood chips on trees and plants in parks, street beds and community gardens are crucial to improving the city’s environment. Mulching reduces the need for water by maintaining soil moisture, controls weeds and grass, and insulates the soil surface and increases fertility. MillionTreesNYC representatives will be on hand at certain locations to provide information and demonstrations on tree care. By recycling your tree today you are helping protect and grow the city’s trees of tomorrow!
Go to to learn more about available locations and opportunities for curbside pick-up through DSNY.

Sustainable Pledge Revisted
Since February 2011, an amazing 1,239 Parks employees have made pledges to be more sustainable on the job and in their everyday lives. With a new year comes some reflection, and Sustainable Parks is interested in profiling you on the progress of your pledge! Drop us a line at

Name: David Carlisle
Position: Senior Concessions Auditor
Borough: Manhattan
Pledge: “I pledged to save paper by sending documents electronically and do less printing”.
Why did you choose this as your pledge?
“When I sent letters and audit reports to concessionaires I used to send via mail. Now, I usually email them as a PDF”.
On a scale of 1-10 (0 being strictly mail and 10 being only email), how would you rate your progress?
Were there any difficulties adjusting?
“Making the pledge was actually better because you have to go down to the mail room and fill out two postal tracking forms and address labels. It was a pain. I still send introductions to concessionaires by mail since I don’t have their email address. But after that, email has made things a lot easier.”
Has this pledge made you more conscious of your actions around the office?
“The new recycling bins have been helpful for me to sort my bottles and paper.”


“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

Henry Kissinger
(1923 - )

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