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Volume XXVIII, Number 5945
Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013

Green Teens Complete Successful Summer

NYC Parks’ Green Teens are committed to keeping the City’s parks clean and green by implementing sustainable practices. During the summer, the Green Teens worked on many green projects. They collected bags of recyclable matter, picked up litter in the parks, planted and cared for trees, removed non-native invasive plants, promoted a public recycling initiative, learned about composting and sustainable design, and created an anti-litter video to be shown at an outdoor movie series.

Friendly competitions are used frequently in Green Teens projects to motivate and entertain the teenagers. At Adventures NYC in Central Park on June 22, 2013, the boroughs’ Green Teens competed to collect recyclable materials and litter from the event. The Bronx Green Teens won the competition by collecting 57 bags of recyclables, breaking last year’s record! In total, the Green Teens were able to collect 114 bags. Certificates of achievement were given to each participant by Joe Conforti, Policy Analyst for Deputy Commissioner Robert L. Garafola, and Malaika Green, Recreation, Strategic Management & Performance Coordinator for Recreation.

NYC Parks’ partnership with the City Parks Foundation’s Youth Made Media made it possible for the Green Teens at Lost Battalion Hall to make an anti-litter/recycling PSA, taught by instructor Shawn Smith. The film was shown before the main feature at NYC Parks Summer Movie Series and encouraged 1,600 patrons to use the appropriate receptacles while enjoying the outdoor movies.

In August, a select group of 35 Green Teens were given a free opportunity to learn how to design their own sustainable playgrounds at the NYC Parks Sustainable Playground Design Workshop. Parks interns led a curriculum on the fundamentals of design, including how to interpret case studies and how to conduct site analysis at the city’s parks, considering accessibility, user groups and existing conditions. As part of the curriculum, the Green Teens got to apply their knowledge by putting together presentations with their own analyses and design proposals based on their park visits. The Computer Resource Center Director, Ana Campos, provided the space and equipment for them to learn how to use the designing software and to complete their final design drafts. The curriculum culminated in the first citywide Green Teens Design Exhibition held at the Arsenal Gallery on August 14. Each Green Teen and intern received certificates for their hard work.

If you would like to learn more about the Green Teens design experience, please visit us the

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s Daily Plant for highlights of the Green Teens efforts in the boroughs.

Submitted by
Stephanie Jones
Rosemary Paul
Brett Copp
Deborah Grant
Cathy Mitchell

“It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went.”

Henry David Thoreau

(1817 – 1862)

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