Last week we looked at one of the new ways to promote your project with the 2.0 features, and there are even more new tools we’d like to introduce you to. The video above explains how you can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and email to get the word out about your project. So take a look, and keep spreading the word to get more people involved.
Change by Us 2.0 is here, and there are a few new features that we want to help you get acquainted with! This week, we’re walking through the new “Events” feature. The video above gives a detailed lesson on how to add events to your projects, and how to promote your events using social media. Take a look, and start planning!
Mayor Bloomberg published a press release about Saturday’s event – here are some highlights from the Grow Our Grassroots press release, which mention some of our favorite agencies, projects, and initiatives!
“New York City has made great progress since we first launched PlaNYC, and we need New Yorkers’ help to support that work by caring for more than half of a million trees and upwards of 200 schoolyard to playground parks, as well as launching projects of their own,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Local participation can have a big impact, and by directly engaging with communities across the City, we will not only meet but surpass our goals to build a safer, healthier and cleaner future.”
“One of the keys to the success of the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan lies in the ability to engage New Yorkers at the grassroots level,” said Commissioner Strickland. “Our efforts range from funding community projects with millions in grants to providing rain barrels for capture and reuse of stormwater. DEP is excited to introduce the Right of Way Bioswale to the dedicated tree stewards participating in Grow Our Grassroots. Bioswales divert stormwater away from the combined sewer system, helping to improve the City’s waterways while also providing all the benefits of urban greening. Together with innovative programs like Greenstreets, MillionTreesNYC and Change By Us NYC, we’re encouraging communities to help deliver on the promise of a greener, greater New York.”
“The Grow Our Grassroots summit featured several different workshop sessions meant to support and expand upon the initiatives launched as a part of PlaNYC. Participants had the opportunity to learn how to care for newly-planted trees in Tree Watering 101; connect with neighbors on community projects in Community Organizing; set up a local inventory of organizers and projects in Mapping the Stewardship Network; and get tips on finding and applying for funds in Need Money? Fundraising for the People. Representatives from the Departments of Sanitation and Transportation, and GrowNYC also held office hours to provide direct consultation with attendees. The collaboration between City agencies, offices and community partners included: the Parks Department, DEP, MillionTreesNYC, NYC Service, New York Restoration Project, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and the Citizens Committee of New York.”
Check out the full length press release here. It was a great event, and we were happy to see so many project leaders and CBU newbies there! Thanks for coming out!
Hey, Manhattanites – the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Citizens Committee for New York City have recently announced a plan to fund composting initiatives throughout your borough! The Manhattan SWAB, appointed by Borough President Scott Stringer and New York City Council members, is always looking for new and innovative ways to divert organic food and yard waste, and increase the composting rate throughout the City. Community associations, community gardens, friends of park groups, housing development groups, nonprofits, schools, hospitals, and private business are all encouraged to apply. If your project is eligible, you could win a grant worth between $100 and $750! The submission deadline is March 19th, 2012. Learn more about the grant program, selection criteria, and how to apply here.
Swooned for a sycamore lately? Pined for a pine? Hugged a honey locust? This Valentine’s Day, love your tree with MillionTreesNYC and East New York Farms! Attend a tree care workshop on February 14, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the New Lots Public Library in East New York, Brooklyn. Attendees will mulch and learn how to care for street trees surrounding the library at 665 New Lots Avenue. Come prepared to get your hands dirty, and learn how to keep trees warm and salt-free during the last stretch of winter. As always, those who adopt a tree will get a free tree care tool kit. And this time only: there will be Valentine’s Day treats! Check out more details here.
The event will happen rain or shine, and will take place inside the New Lots Public Library in case of bad weather. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.