News http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:47:48 -0400 lrNewsPlugin en <![CDATA[BUILD IT GREEN!NYC HELPS SUPPORT WATERTOWER PIECE IN BROOKLYN]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/build-it-green-nyc-helps-support-watertower-piece-in-brooklyn By now you may have noticed the kaleidoscopic WATERTOWER overlooking the Manhattan Bridge and decorating the Brooklyn skyline. This piece, created by Tom Fruin and staying on display through June 2013, was created from materials salvaged all throughout New York, including from the Build It Green!NYC warehouse in Astoria. Lit during the day by the sun and at night by its own programmed light source, it’s an impressive work of art no matter when you happen to see it.

This piece was supported in part by a Build It Green!NYC BIG! Gives Back materials grant and can be found at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn. Read the BIG!NYC article for more information.

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BUILD IT GREEN!NYC HELPS SUPPORT WATERTOWER PIECE IN BROOKLYN (38) Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:47:48 -0400
<![CDATA[PER SCHOLAS FEATURED ON LOCAL PBS AFFILIATE WNET]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/per-scholas-featured-on-local-pbs-affiliate-wnet For those of you addicted to Public Television, and we know that there are plenty of you out there; you may have already seen Per Scholas featured on MetroFocus. But for those of you that missed the story on Thirteen WNET, then definitely check out the video.

By taking in used computer equipment from corporations, government agencies and other non-profits, Per Scholas not only helps divert this equipment from the landfill but also uses this material to help break "the cycle of poverty by providing technology education, access, training and job placement services for people in low-income communities".

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PER SCHOLAS FEATURED ON LOCAL PBS AFFILIATE WNET (37) Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:49:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Ralph Nader Headlines Speakers at 5th Annual NYC Reuse Sector Conference]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/ralph-nader-headlines-speakers-at-5th-annual-nyc-reuse-sector-conference RALPH NADER HEADLINES SPEAKERS AT 5TH ANNUAL NYC REUSE SECTOR CONFERENCE

NYC Materials Exchange Development Program (NYC MEDP) is pleased to announce the enormous success of the 5th Annual NYC Reuse Sector Conference, held last Thursday, May 17th. Featuring a keynote addresses by environmental and consumer advocate Ralph Nader, this year’s conference drew attendees representing over thirty local and regional organizations, agencies and programs.

The 2012 NYC Reuse Sector Conference, Exploring the Competitive Edge of Materials Reuse, examined the methodologies and best practices for measuring and promoting the environmental benefits, green jobs and social impact of reuse. The program included opening remarks from Robert Lange, Director of the Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling who highlighted the role of the NYC reuse sector in the solid waste management.

Mr. Lange was followed by presentations on NYC MEDP’s research on Transportation and Environmental Impact in the NYC Reuse Sector, presented by Dr. Alison Conway of the City College of New York; and Lorena Fortuna, NYC MEDP Project Coordinator. Additional speakers included Dr. Martin Kohli and Ms. Sharon Stang, Economists from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, who presented on Methodologies of Green Job Measurement, and Ms. Gillian Gutierrez, Program Analyst, Women’s Bureau Region II Office of the U.S. Department of Labor who presented on Women in Green Jobs.

Listed by Time magazine as “One of the 100 Most Influential Americans of the Twentieth Century” and The Atlantic as “One of the 100 Most Influential Americans in American History,” Mr. Nader took the podium, keenly pointing out his second-hand suit, tie and shirt. His talk “Turning Tides,” addressed societal change and how reuse organizations can turn these changes into competitive advantages. Following this address Dr. Thomas Lyons, Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship at Baruch College [CUNY] and co-author of “Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever-Changing World”, presented on Social Impact Measurement and Promotion of Materials Donation and Reuse. Dr. Lyons then introduced a panel on the same subject featuring Mr. William J. Forrester, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey; Mr. Sheldon Hirshon, Founding Member & Former Board President, New York Cares; Mr. David Raper, Vice President of Thrifts Retail, Housing Works Inc.; and, Ms. Katherine Snider, Executive Director, Baby Buggy. These panelists finished off the day’s events by sharing with attendees examples of their organizations methodologies in social impact assessment.

“The highlight of the conference for me and our organization,” remarked Ms. Elaine Chow, Community Relations Manager for Room to Grow, “was seeing our environmental impact in concrete terms, just from taking and redistributing these items that could've otherwise ended up in a landfill. It's really quite amazing and I'm impressed with NYC MEDP spearheading the effort in education and strengthening our collective work.”

NYC MEDP hosts the city's annual reuse conference each year for its member organizations and affiliates. For more information contact info@nycmedp.org

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Ralph Nader Headlines Speakers at 5th Annual NYC Reuse Sector Conference (36) Thu, 31 May 2012 12:34:38 -0400
<![CDATA[Ralph Nader headlines speakers at 5th Annual NYC Reuse Conference ]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/ralph-nader-headlines-speakers-at-5th-annual-nyc-reuse-conference RALPH NADER HEADLINES SPEAKERS AT 5TH ANNUAL NYC REUSE SECTOR CONFERENCE
May 23rd 2012

NYC Materials Exchange Development Program (NYC MEDP) [nycmedp.org] is pleased to announce the enormous success of the 5th Annual NYC Reuse Sector Conference, held last Thursday, May 17th. Featuring a keynote addresses by environmental and consumer advocate Ralph Nader, this year’s conference drew attendees representing over thirty local and regional organizations, agencies and programs.

The 2012 NYC Reuse Sector Conference, Exploring the Competitive Edge of Materials Reuse, examined the methodologies and best practices for measuring and promoting the environmental benefits, green jobs and social impact of reuse. The program included opening remarks from Robert Lange, Director of the Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling who highlighted the role of the NYC reuse sector in the solid waste management.

Mr. Lange was followed by presentations on NYC MEDP’s research on Transportation and Environmental Impact in the NYC Reuse Sector, presented by Dr. Alison Conway of the City College of New York; and Lorena Fortuna, NYC MEDP Project Coordinator. Additional speakers included Dr. Martin Kohli and Ms. Sharon Stang, Economists from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, who presented on Methodologies of Green Job Measurement, and Ms. Gillian Gutierrez, Program Analyst, Women’s Bureau Region II Office of the U.S. Department of Labor who presented on Women in Green Jobs.

Listed by Time magazine as “One of the 100 Most Influential Americans of the Twentieth Century” and The Atlantic as “One of the 100 Most Influential Americans in American History,” Mr. Nader took the podium, keenly pointing out his second-hand suit, tie and shirt. His talk “Turning Tides,” addressed societal change and how reuse organizations can turn these changes into competitive advantages. Following this address Dr. Thomas Lyons, Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship at Baruch College [CUNY] and co-author of “Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever-Changing World”, presented on Social Impact Measurement and Promotion of Materials Donation and Reuse. Dr. Lyons then introduced a panel on the same subject featuring Mr. William J. Forrester, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey; Mr. Sheldon Hirshon, Founding Member & Former Board President, New York Cares; Mr. David Raper, Vice President of Thrifts Retail, Housing Works Inc.; and, Ms. Katherine Snider, Executive Director, Baby Buggy. These panelists finished off the day’s events by sharing with attendees examples of their organizations methodologies in social impact assessment.

“The highlight of the conference for me and our organization,” remarked Ms. Elaine Chow, Community Relations Manager for Room To Grow, “was seeing our environmental impact in concrete terms, just from taking and redistributing these items that could've otherwise ended up in a landfill. It's really quite amazing and I'm impressed with NYC MEDP spearheading the effort in education and strengthening our collective work.”

NYC MEDP hosts the city's annual reuse conference each year for its member organizations and affiliates. For more information contact info@nycmedp.org

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Ralph Nader headlines speakers at 5th Annual NYC Reuse Conference (34) Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:19:18 -0400
<![CDATA[FILM BIZ RECYCLING NOW OFFERING RE-STITCH PROGRAM]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/film-biz-recycling-now-offering-re-stitch-program Eva Radke, founder and president of Film Biz Recycling (FBR), believes in a simple concept - "do what you love." So when FBR intern Alina Butnaru told Radke that what she really wanted to do was sew and create, Eva responded "then that's what you'll do!" Butnaru, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, has since developed what Radke calls an "entrepreneurship" in reuse as a part of her internship called Re-Stitch.

Setting up shop at Film Biz, Butnaru creates beautiful custom goods, available to Film Biz customers. With a pile of available materials on hand, anyone can pick from their choice of curtains, scraps and fabric ends, to have custom pillows, unique ties and much more made for them on site. With endless possibilities the Re-stitch program is ever-expanding. The current list of services includes alterations, costume development, custom sewing projects, tailoring and sewing lessons. With Radke's ethos that more freedom means more art and possibilities, the Re-stitch program has become a small, socially conscious, business that enables people to "explore the endless possibilities of art and design." To learn more or participate in this exciting program stop by Film Biz or visit them online.

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FILM BIZ RECYCLING NOW OFFERING RE-STITCH PROGRAM (32) Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:46:16 -0500
<![CDATA[Time to Gear Up for Project Cicero's Book Drive]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/time-to-gear-up-for-project-cicero-s-book-drive Project Cicero is an annual book drive that provides books to create or supplement school and classroom libraries in New York City public schools. This year the annual book distribution event will happen on March 10th and 11th, but that does not mean you have to wait until then to help out and get involved. Organize a book drive at your school, business, or within your community! For more information visit Project Cicero's website.

Project Cicero will also start registering teachers that qualify to participate in the March distribution on Wednesday, February 1st. Space is limited and those interested can check out the Project Cicero Book Drive page for more information.

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Time to Gear Up for Project Cicero's Book Drive (31) Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:05:55 -0500
<![CDATA[LESEC Opens New E-Waste Warehouse in Gowanus]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/lesec-opens-new-e-waste-warehouse-in-gowanus The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) has done it again by finding even more ways to make it easy for NYC residents to responsibly dispose of working and non-working electronics. Since 2003 the LESEC has been holding e-waste collection events all over the City and will continue to do so throughout the year. In addition to that, residents can now drop off their electronics five days a week at the new LESEC E-waste Warehouse.

Let the staff at LESEC know if your equipment is still working and they will try to see that it gets a second life. But whether your old electronics get reused or responsibly recycled, the LESEC guarantees data security.

If you were lucky enough to get a serious gadget upgrade this holiday season then let the Lower East Side Ecology Center help ensure that your old gadgets don’t end up in the waste stream. Take a look at the materials that are accepted, learn more about the new E-Waste Warehouse and check out their calendar for a list of upcoming e-waste collection events.

Also, listen to a podcast of LESEC Executive Director Christine Datz-Romero speak of the importance of electronic recycling on WCBS 880.

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LESEC Opens New E-Waste Warehouse in Gowanus (25) Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:57:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Baby Buggy Celebrates 10 Years in Empire State Style]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/baby-buggy-celebrates-10-years-in-empire-state-style Baby Buggy recently celebrated 10 years of success providing gently used and surplus items to families in need in New York City. A star studded gala at Lincoln Center to celebrate the occasion raised close to $1,000,000. In his official proclamation to declare December 5th "Baby Buggy Day" in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated, "Especially when resources are tight, government cannot do everything we would like to do-that is why we are always looking to work with the non-profit sector to address families' immediate and long-term needs. Baby Buggy has answered this call to service in direct and innovative ways..." The Empire State Building also commemorated the event with a special lighting in Baby Buggy blue and green. Take a look at the Baby Buggy events page for all the news on this special celebration.

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Baby Buggy Celebrates 10 Years in Empire State Style (24) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:20:54 -0500
<![CDATA[Moynihan Station: New York's Largest Adaptive Reuse Project]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/moynihan-station-new-york-s-largest-adaptive-reuse-project On November 9, 2011, the NYC Materials Exchange Development Program (NYC MEDP) toured the Farley Post office, the site of the future the Moynihan Station. The development of this project, which will move Amtrak service from the current Penn Station to the post office building, constitutes a major adaptive reuse effort in NYC. “The Moynihan Station would involve the renovation of the Farley Post Office Building in West Midtown,” explains Bronson Fox, Vice President of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation (MSDC). “The station, while not replacing Penn Station, would provide a new train hall for Amtrak and increased access to existing facilities under Penn Station, particularly the Amtrak tracks.”

The exterior of the Farley Post Office, as well as the front lobby, are protected historical landmarks and will be preserved in the project, while the rest of the interior will be heavily redesigned to allow quick access to the Amtrak station below ground. The above-ground space will also be largely designated as commercial space, specifically mixed retail. In addition, the proposed project will include an East/West pedestrian access route, allowing access to 9th Avenue directly from the public train hall. When finished the space will include approximately 350,000 sq/ft for the future train station; 850, 000 sq/ft of commercial space; and 250,000 sq/ft for the renovated post offices.

“As the project itself is still being defined, discussions on the topic of deconstruction and materials salvage have not begun,” explained Mr. Fox. However, in our view, the project would provide a solid opportunity for properly recovering and incorporating reusable materials, such as copper roofing and marble. Thanks to the longstanding efforts of New York State, the old Farley Post Office has the potential to one of New York’s major reuse success stories.

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Moynihan Station: New York's Largest Adaptive Reuse Project (23) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:16:42 -0500
<![CDATA[Goodwill Suits Vets - a Great Giveaway!]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/goodwill-suits-vets-a-great-giveaway As thousands of men and women are returning home and to the workforce from Iraq and other parts of the world, many of them will need help finding jobs and transitioning to the workforce. Show your support and appreciation by helping them with your donation of professional outfits.

Goodwill Suits Vets will provide professional garments and accessories to any Veteran, past or present, to support their job search. Vets may visit any of the 39 stores in the Goodwill NY-NJ region. Find your nearest Goodwill Store.

Goodwill is requesting professional clothing for men and women, including suits; suit jackets; dress pants and skirts, shirts and blouses, and shoes; ties; scarves; and accessories. Donations can be dropped off at any of the Goodwill store locations or participating companies. Tax receipts are available upon request.

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Goodwill Suits Vets - a Great Giveaway! (21) Tue, 06 Dec 2011 11:56:05 -0500
<![CDATA[Build It Green! NYC Now Open in Brooklyn]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/build-it-green-nyc-now-open-in-brooklyn Build It Green! NYC is now open at their new location (69 9th Street Gowanus, Brooklyn 11215). They are open Wednesday-Friday from 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm. They've opened their doors even though their store front isn't quite complete yet so enter around back to their rear or "canal side" entrance.

Of course BIG! NYC's Astoria, Queens location is still open seven days as week!

For more information and to find a map to the new location, take a look at the BIG! NYC website.

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Build It Green! NYC Now Open in Brooklyn (20) Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:46:54 -0500
<![CDATA[Recycle-A-Bicycle Featured in New York Times and on local CBS affiliate]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/recycle-a-bicycle-featured-in-new-york-times-and-on-local-cbs-affiliate NYC MEDP member Recycle-A-Bicycle was recently featured in the New York/Region section of the New York Times and was also featured on the local NYC CBS affiliate.

In a New York Times article concerning the growing need for more bicycle storage in New York City apartment buildings, Director Pasqualina Azzarello and Rommel Bishop of Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB), were interviewed on how RAB rescues old abandoned bicycles, restores them and donates many of them to New York City school children.

Read the entire article on the New York Times website.

Also check out the CBS 2 video.

Photograph by Joshua Bright for the New York Times.

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Recycle-A-Bicycle Featured in New York Times and on local CBS affiliate (18) Mon, 07 Nov 2011 12:10:22 -0500
<![CDATA[Lower East Side Ecology Center Continue E-Waste Program]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/lower-east-side-ecology-center-continue-e-waste-program The Lower East Side Ecology Center is back with 17, that’s right 17, e-waste recycling events during September and October. That’s way too many events to list here but suffice it to say, with that many events in that many different locations you should be able to find a convenient location and date to drop off that non-working Apple II that’s been sitting in your closet since 1987.

For a list of all the e-waste recycling dates and times check out the LES Ecology Center website.

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Lower East Side Ecology Center Continue E-Waste Program (16) Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:15:39 -0400
<![CDATA[Per Scholas Featured on CBS Sunday Morning]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/per-scholas-featured-on-cbs-sunday-morning In a lead story concerning the job market on CBS Sunday Morning, the IT Workforce Training Program that Per Scholas offers was showcased due to the vital job training and job placement assistance it provides.

You can watch the story in its entirety on the CBS Sunday Morning website.

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<![CDATA[Build It Green! NYC Featured on Martha Stewart Radio and in Boro Magazine]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/build-it-green-nyc-featured-on-martha-stewart-radio-and-in-boro-magazine Justin Green, Program Director for Build it Green! NYC (BIG! NYC) was recently interviewed by Jennifer Sendrow on Martha Stewart Radio’s Whole Living Radio Show. Justin talked about building and home renovations using salvaged and surplus building materials.

Also of note: The folks at BIG! NYC were featured in the July edition of BORO Magazine as well. Read the full article.

BIG! NYC is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. To find out more about this and the other ways that the team at BIG! NYC is spreading the word about reuse in New York check out their Media Coverage page.

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Build It Green! NYC Featured on Martha Stewart Radio and in Boro Magazine (14) Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:13:27 -0400
<![CDATA[2011 Materials Exchange Certificate Program ]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/2011-materials-exchange-certificate-program Since 2008, with funding from DSNY's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, NYC MEDP has implemented the city’s first ever Materials Exchange Certificate Program, a 24-hour certificate program eight interactive training workshops, designed to assist reuse professionals in developing, expanding or improving their programs. Participants studied a wide range of topics, each related to the materials reuse industry and nonprofit management.

Topics included: Goal Setting & Effective Planning; Board Development & Volunteer Management; Marketing Skills; Taxes, Risk, & Liability for material donations; Budgeting & Fundraising Skills; Warehousing & Logistics; Secondhand Retail Management; Program Evaluation & Reporting Success

MEDP is proud to announce the names of this years graduating participants:
- Desiree Byker, Housing Works
- Christine Bryant, Room to Grow
- Elaine Chow, Room to Grow
- Janice Colley, Global Crisis Intervention
- Jim Ditto, Materials For The Arts
- Rabiah Duncan, Vertruse, Inc.
- Heron Mastaksi, Global Crisis Interventions

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<![CDATA[Goodwill Opens Chelsea Store]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/goodwill-opens-chelsea-store Goodwill Opens Chelsea Store

Since 1915 Goodwill has, among its many efforts, kept unwanted yet perfectly usable second-hand items out of the landfill - while making reuse fashionable AND affordable. Now reuse sector member Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ takes one more step to remind us that reuse will always be in style by opening a new store in Greenwich Village.

Help welcome Goodwill to the Village by checking out their new location on West 8th (between 6th Ave & MacDougal St). And view their press release for more information.

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<![CDATA[NYC and Housing Works Launch re-fashioNYC]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/nyc-and-housing-works-launch-re-fashionyc The Department of Sanitation and the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability recently announced a partnership with sector member Housing Works, which will place clothing and apparel bins in residential buildings throughout the city. This comprehensive program, aptly named
re-fashioNYC, will expand many New Yorkers’ ability to donate clothing easily and help divert even more materials from the waste stream all at the same time. Best of all, this comes at no cost to taxpayers or building owners!

Read the press release and check out re-fashioNYC to learn more about the program and how to participate.

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NYC and Housing Works Launch re-fashioNYC (9) Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:58:28 -0400
<![CDATA[PlaNYC Update Released]]> http://www.nycmedp.org/news/stories/planyc-update-released New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability released its most recent update of PlaNYC — the City’s environmental policy. Originally launched on Earth Day in 2007, PlaNYC was an unprecedented attempt to address the issues associated with a growing population, aging infrastructure, changing climate and evolving economy. The plan brought together over two dozen City agencies to form an agenda aimed at creating a greener New York that is prepared for these challenges.

The PlaNYC update includes a section specifically dedicated to solid waste management with a goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from landfills. This new section is the first to deal specifically with materials reuse and features it prominently as part of meeting its goals in dealing with the 14 million tons of waste and recyclables generated each year. Read more from the plan and its section dedicated to solid waste reuse online.

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PlaNYC Update Released (10) Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:58:28 -0400