Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The Daily Plant : Monday, March 25, 2013
Sustainable Parks Corner
Parks is kicking off our first monthly tune-up of the year, and the focus for March is smart printing practices. Tune into the Sustainable Parks Corner for profiles, tips, facts and other information related to how you can reduce your footprint!
Green Pledge Revisited:
Position: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator
Pledge: “Make double-sided copies whenever possible”
Why did you choose this as your pledge?
In my previous position as well as in my current, we have to print a lot of flyers and handouts to promote activities in the park. It just made sense to save paper by promoting two events at a time on a double-sided flyer.
What have you done to follow through on your green pledge?
I have printed and copied various internal documents as 2-sided whenever appropriate. In addition, we have printed and copied flyers promoting events in the park as 2-sided such as our Halloween Festival and our Halloween Lantern tours. We printed and distributed information on pools – schedules and rules and regulations - for the public as 2-sided. Of course, we also utilize digital media such as e-blasts whenever possible to save on paper altogether.
What specific challenges have you faced in following through with your pledge?
I have not faced any particular challenges. We do this whenever it makes sense for what is being printed, especially long internal documents.
Has this pledge made you more conscious of your actions elsewhere?
Yes, I also try to use scrap paper for printing drafts and have cut up old letterhead to use as notepads rather than throw it away.
Join the 1,272 other Parkies who have made a Green Pledge on the Sustainability Intranet page and receive a reusable water bottle. Tell us your Green Pledge story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Tip of the Week: Saving Toner and Time with Window Envelopes
Reducing your footprint and living sustainably is not always as simple as one might think. Sometimes you have to get a little creative. One day in 2009, Carol Pagano - Principal Administrative Associate for the Manhattan Construction Division of Capital Projects - found herself without any solid-colored Park envelopes. Unable to track down extras, she settled for a rare alternative; window envelopes. It did not take long before she realized she struck green gold.
"I realized then what a waste of time it had been going back each time to print an envelope with the same address that was already on the letterhead," she said. " It was so easy to adjust the margins on my correspondence work so that, when folded, the mailing address on the letterhead appeared in the window".
Not printing an address might not seem significant, but when your mailings are easily "50 or more pieces a week", the toner adds up. "Between directives, time extensions, requests for proposals, and general correspondence for directors, project managers and resident engineers on 20 active projects, I keep the mailroom very busy," said Pagano. Toner costs and the environmental impact of printing are equally important to consider along with addressing paper waste. One recommendation to reduce paper has been to scan more documents and send them via email. While Pagano supports this important practice, she also acknowledges that they "still need to send out originals of directives and other documents for legal reasons". Therefore, it is good to explore a variety of ways to reduce your impact. Now, Pagano makes sure she always has a supply of window envelopes on hand.
The Green Tip idea was submitted by Carol Pagano and written by Sustainability Intern, Mike Mullaley. Have an idea how to be more sustainable in your work area? Send us a tip at email@example.com.
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure,
but I don't know many of them.”
(1932 - 1963)
Directions to Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Know Before You Go
NYC Parks has removed slides in this park due to a manufacturer recall. The manufacture is currently working on an improved design and redesigned slides will be installed as soon as possible.
- NYC PARKS CELEBRATES NEWLY RESTORED SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE AROUND MEADOW LAKE IN FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
- NYC Parks and AT&T Expand Free Public Wi-Fi and Solar Mobile Charging in Parks and at Beaches Citywide
- Commissioner Silver Thanks You All
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Football Fields
- Golf Courses
- Handball Courts
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Indoor Pools
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Model Aircraft Fields
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Recreation Centers
- Skate Parks
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Zoos and Aquariums