The strong roots of every Green Festival stem from the incredible enthusiasm of the local and regional community, as well as the support of valuable relationships formed with local and regional nonprofit organizations. Green Festival Nonprofit Allies provide an incredible network of volunteerism and funding to socially and environmentally benefit the community. Visit Nonprofit Ally sites today and find out how you can engage to "Pay it Forward" and "Get it Back" in your community.
Thanks to our 2013 NYC Nonprofit Allies:
The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) has worked for twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx. They reach over 35,000 people annually through energy-efficient, healthy and affordable homes; early childhood education and youth development; home-based childcare microenterprise and food business incubation; and family support.
Sanctuary In Schools is an New York State non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that brings the Sanctuary Pilates® method of yoga and pilates to school children and educators of all ages. The program is taught in school as enrichment to current physical education curricula, or can be placed as an after-school program.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club was founded in 1996 to address the historic lack of services available to girls and young women on the Lower East Side. Girls Club programs fall into three overlapping categories that work to build Ethical, Entrepreneurial and Environmental awareness and leadership. Through an ever changing and age appropriate menu of activities and workshops in the arts, science and technology, health and wellness, literacy, world of work and civic engagement, we help girls discover what their individual skills and passions are, and then work with them to develop these interests to their full potential.
Our mission: To make sustainability education an integral part of every school’s curricula and culture. Our goal: For students to understand and appreciate the interconnections between a stable economy, health environment and equitable social systems. Through education we equip students with the knowledge, skills, and perspective to become active, productive members of a sustainable society.
Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing global environmental movement uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol more than 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines on six continents.
Solar One, the City’s first solar-powered “Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center,” inspires New Yorkers to become environmentally responsible city dwellers. We do this through a variety of unique programs that seek to reach out to broad sections of the New York City population in order to connect people to the urban environment around them. Â No matter who you are or what you do, Solar One likely has a program to engage your interests. We provide in-school, education, job training, outreach and cultural programs while also maintaining one of New York’s most unique public spaces at Stuyvesant Cove Park.
Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. By providing every child with their own mat and integrating the practice of yoga into their daily routine, Bent On Learning helps children learn to feel better about themselves, release stress, and calm their emotions— all of which makes them healthier and happier.
The Honeybee Conservancy is a 501c3 non-profit formed in response to the bee crisis. Our mission is to raise awareness about the importance of bees and to inspire people and communities to act as stewards and advocates for bees and their natural environment.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under Article 8, Title 9 [PDF] and Title 9A [PDF] of the State Public Authorities Law through the reconstitution of the New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority. NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.
Second Response was created specifically to help children recover their original ability to have fun by providing facilitated safe, joyful and respectful "Playshops" of 30-45 minutes with groups of children who have been impacted by a natural disaster.
NY+acumen is a growing community of professionals in the greater New York City area who seek to support Acumen Fund's mission to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. Since 2001, Acumen Fund has invested more than $60 million in social enterprises providing 80+ million people with critical goods and services in South Asia, East and West Africa.
Transportation Alternatives is New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of tens of thousands of supporters committed to better bicycling, walking and public transit in the five boroughs. Our mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. Every day, all over the city, we're working to revitalize New York City’s neighborhoods and restore a vibrant culture of street life.
The DUMBO Improvement District is one of New York’s 65 Business Improvement Districts and has been providing advocacy, street beautification, neighborhood marketing and programming of public spaces (The Archway and The Pearl Street Triangle) since 2006.
Hudson River Park, the longest waterfront park in the United States, has transformed five miles of decaying piers and parking lots along Manhattan's West side into a beloved, urban recreational paradise. Attracting 17 million visits each year, the Park offers a myriad of recreational and educational activities for local residents and visitors alike, and plays a critical role in protecting the Hudson River environment itself.
Rethink Local is co-creating a better Hudson Valley by addressing economic, environmental, cultural and social issues through education, tools and resources, policy, influence and community-building. They are supporting and collaborating with locally owned, independent businesses, the creative class, and innovative entrepreneurs committed to a value- and values-driven Local Living Economy.
Save the Garment Center is a trade association devoted to promoting New York’s Garment District, and the fashion companies or brands who use it. STGC promotes fashion companies and brands who design and produce quality clothing in the Garment District and in New York City. There are 24,000 apparel manufacturing jobs in New York City that make this domestic clothing production possible, and STGC creates transparent access to all of these resources for the future designers of America. These resources enable new fashion entrepreneurs to start a business and a fashion line leading to the creation of American jobs.
For 25 years Sixth Street Community Center has been committed to empowering the Loisaida community and celebrating its extraordinary diversity. The center offers programs assisting low and moderate income residents that build a fulfilling sense of community around basic needs for food, health and education. Current goals include: furthering education of young people in sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health; expanding community supported agriculture in local neighborhoods by reaching out to more low income households; and, strengthening food safety laws through campaigns against genetic engineering.
Finished in June of 2012, The CS HydroFarm is a former science room converted into a hydroponic science lab. The classroom offers similar opportunities and hands-on approach to science education than in a full scale Greenhouse Project Greenhouse lab.
NYCHSF is a statewide nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of NY students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, including local and organic where possible.
The Baykeeper's mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary – one of the most urban estuaries on the planet. Since 1989, Baykeeper has served as citizen advocates for the bays, streams, and shores of the Estuary. Baykeeper stops polluters, champions public access, influences land use decisions, and restores habitat - benefiting the natural and human communities of their watershed.
Green Bronx Machine was born out of the collective belief that we are all Amer-I-CANS! Together we can grow, re-use, resource and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living.
New York Sun Works created the renowned Science Barge; a prototype, sustainable urban farm and environmental education center on the Hudson River. The Greenhouse Project Initiative is based on The Science Barge model, and dedicated to bringing the concepts of urban sustainability and environmental science to NYC’s schools.
Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
The primary Mission of Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc. is to provide representation for the natural living resources of the Hackensack River. This representation is manifested in Hackensack Riverkeeper's environmental advocacy, education and conservation programs. The focus of Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc. is to protect and defend the environmental quality of the eco-system of the estuary, river and watershed and the quality of life for the people and other creatures that inhabit the Hackensack River watershed.
S.A.V.E. Farms (Society for Aquaponic Values and Education.) is a non-profit program in incubation @ THE POINT CDC to build a vertically integrated food industry.