Green City Force (GCF) was founded by Lisbeth Shepherd in 2009. From 2007-8, Lisbeth chaired the national Clean Energy Corps Working Group at Green for All where she worked with leaders in the green jobs movement from around the country. Recognizing that New York City could be home to a city-wide Clean Energy Corps, and model how the new national service program of this name can play a key role in creating green pathways to prosperity for urban youth along with public, private and labor partners, Lisbeth founded Green City Force. Green City Force has won numerous national awards, and been hailed as a national model.
The Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) was founded in 2001 as the nonprofit leadership organization for the East 4th Street Cultural District, a historic and vibrant arts cluster in Manhattan between Second Avenue and Bowery. Now a neighborhood-wide coalition of 24 arts and community groups, FABnyc is preserving the Lower East Side’s rich heritage and creativity through community collaboration, arts services, cultural tourism, public programs, festivals, public art, economic development, and the renovation of cultural facilities. Last year, FABnyc was named the “Model Block” by the Manhattan Borough President, in recognition of our efforts to create a more sustainable neighborhood.
East River CREW offers free community rowing programs to the public and estuary education programs to local camps and schools in the area. Our container and davit (a winch) was set up in 2005 so that we would not have to travel to the East 96th location with the boat from alternate locations and could set up a more consistent presence on the boundary between Spanish Harlem and the Upper East Side. Our group is part of the growing Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. At CREW, we all work as volunteers to bring New Yorkers out onto their waterways and teach them how to safely enjoy and become better stewards of their environment. We also introduce the public to the value of estuarine waters and the wildlife they support.
The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development. East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.
The Human Impacts Institute was created to reassess the common misconception of environment as separate from society. Our organization is founded in 2010 on the belief that humans are dependent upon, and responsible for, our natural environment. We believe healthy communities, stable economies, and social equity cannot exist without environmental sustainability. The Human Impacts Institute inspires individuals, institutions, and communities to challenge the environmental status quo and to use innovation and collaboration to build and maintain a healthy environment and healthy communities.