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Volume XXVIII, Number 5820
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013

City Hosts “Grow Our Grassroots!” Community Workshop & Roundtable

New Yorkers Encouraged to Make PlaNYC Programs
Part of Their Local Communities

On Saturday, March 16, NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White and MillionTreesNYC Director Morgan Monaco joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland to host the second annual “Grow Our Grassroots” summit.

This day-long summit was organized to inspire New Yorkers to pitch in to help meet PlaNYC’s goal for a greener and greater New York. Participants were able to network with volunteers who are transforming the City through tree care, composting and stewardship, while sharing skills, receiving training, and getting a better understanding of how to access City resources. Representatives from the New York City Departments of Parks, Environmental Protection, Sanitation, and NYC Service, Partnership for Parks, GrowNYC, Trees NY, Citizens Committee for NYC, National Parks Service, and GreeNYC were there to help answer questions and provide information about green resources.

Some of the workshops offered throughout the day included a Creative Composting Panel, in which panelists discussed how to create systems tailored to individual communities; a Planting and Pruning Our Urban Forest workshop where participants learned inside information about how MillionTreesNYC has planted over 100,000 street trees; and a Community Organizing workshop presented by the Citizens Committee for New York City to help participants learn how to bring neighbors together to work on issues that matter to their communities. The workshop taught essential outreach skills, leadership development, and communication tools for effective organizing and facilitating.

Released in 2007, PlaNYC was an unprecedented effort undertaken by Mayor Bloomberg to prepare the City for one million more residents, strengthen our economy, combat climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Plan brought together over 25 City agencies to work toward the vision of a greener, greater New York.

MillionTreesNYC, a cornerstone of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC vision, is a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, through which one million trees will be planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs by 2017. As part of MillionTreesNYC Parks is reforesting hundreds of acres of parkland into new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests. New forests help expand canopy cover in New York City, increasing the myriad environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest. Since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007, the initiative has surpassed its halfway mark with 662,000 trees planted. For more information, visit


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