* BIG!NYC's reuse centers are on their way to divert 4,000,000 pounds of usable building materials from the landfill in 2013.
* Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE, which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gas.
* BIG!Compost has diverted 267,230 pounds of food scraps and given away 159,240 pounds of compost and 49,620 pounds of mulch so far this year.
* BIG!Blooms has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens in NYC.
* BIG!Gives Back has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.
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Nonprofit Discount & BIG!Gives Back Overview
Build It Green!NYC is committed to providing low cost salvaged building materials to all our customers, with inventory priced 40-80% off regular retail prices. Qualified 501c nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive an additional 20%* nonprofit discount if they bring their ST-119 tax exemption documentation at the time of their purchase.
There is no need to apply for the nonprofit discount; just bring in your ST-119 tax exemption letter and give it to our sales team at checkout. Please note that discounted purchases may not be used for private or personal use, and are capped at a discount of $1,000 per purchase*.
In addition to discounted merchandise, nonprofit and community organizations may apply to BIG!NYC’s monthly sponsorship program BIG!Gives Back*. Each month BIG!NYC will select a nonprofit organization that fulfills at least two of the goals listed below to receive free materials for their project.
Projects that will be selected must include two of the following goals:
- focus on environmental issues
- benefit the local community
- educate about sustainable building projects
BIG!NYC has many ongoing partnerships with environmental organizations and community programs. If you would like to learn more, please contact your local Reuse Center Manager or our Communications Manager.
*Certain exclusions and conditions may apply.
If you are looking for a donation of wood or lumber for a community or school garden, please apply for our BIG!Blooms program: bignyc.org/blooms-application
Check out the list of previous BIG!Gives Back recipients!
BIG!Gives Back donated doors for Gabriela Salazar's sculpture "For Closure." More information:
The Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), through its Urban Art Program's Arterventions initiative, are pleased to unveil a new, temporary public art sculpture by New York City-based artist Gabriela Salazar. Salazar's sculpture, For Closure, will be on view for seven months at the center of West Farms Square Plaza - located at the base of the West Farms Square/East Tremont Avenue subway station, on the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Boston Road in the Bronx, and one block away from the Bronx River Art Center.
"The nutrition staff from FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc., began a process of decorating the community area of the building which serves as the activity center and service area for senior nutritional meals. Participants had grown accustom to multi colored office chairs some red, some black, a few tan chairs and grey as they tried to make themselves as comfortable as possible on metal folding chairs at long older institutional tables.
For the many seniors who arrive each day a drastic change was necessary and staff wanted to provide a more friendly open space where participants could spend fun filled hours with their peers. The task would require all the help staff could find. Like so many other not for profits organizations the agency budget has been stretched to meet the daily operational needs, leaving little funds to acquire new furniture, a dab of paint here or there, the purchase of live plants and light fixtures. The required finances just could not be given until there was additional funding for the program.
FOCUS staff recognized the task would require a nearly Herculean effort to find some kind soul or companies that would help change our ugly duckling of a room into a happy welcoming space.
We had no special wand with magical powders to transform the community space into a pleasant open environment, but agency staff member Jamaar Winborne contacted Home Depot and crews of volunteers came in and painted the area, installed additional lights and new panels for the suspended ceiling, two new flat screen televisions were placed on the wall and live hanging plants were added to the room giving the space a special touch.
The community room was beginning a slow process of renovations; we really needed tables and chairs. Nutrition staff spent hours on various websites trying to find affordable tables and forty matching chairs that would eliminated the psychedelic seating mix in the community room. Always hoping for free items but asking administration to dig deep for a little money to complete the project, staff searched for weeks but could not find anything in the “dirt cheap” price range.
After weeks of back and forth looking finally luck smiled on a web site called “Build It Green! NYC”.
“Build It Green ! NYC is a not for profit organization located the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens New York that recycles equipment, supplies and numerous other salvage materials. As staff looked over their website the inventory offered pictures of tables and lots of other equipment and supplies that appeared affordable.“Build It Green ! NYC” staff members Dylan Latimer, Harvey Jaswal and the volunteers were great. Management at “Build It Green” understood the hardships of a not for profit agency and took into consideration the current financial situation, they suggested FOCUS apply for a special grant that if approved could be beneficial for future agency supply needs.
At the Brooklyn location staff assisted us with the loading of our table purchases and after filling out their agency’s grant form FOCUS became a grantee of “Build It Green”. FOCUS Hispanic Center received from the Build It Green Queens location forty-six chairs with a value of $2,250.00 at no cost to FOCUS.
All participants and visitors who come to FOCUS can visually see the difference these items have made in the community room. Our FOCUS family is very happy and thankful for the help of “Build It Green, NYC and the help and assistance of Home Depot and their volunteer crew for making the lives of FOCUS seniors so much more comfortable and joyous.
The Open Celebration for the new community room and the newly renovated kitchen took place on April 11, 2012 with more than seventy-five seniors and invited guests."