* 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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Over the last seven years, Build It Green!NYC has donated building materials to countless environmental organizations to help educate the public about sustainability. Here are some highlights from BIG!NYC's out-standing, out-going donations!
Brownsville Student Farm Project (Spring/Summer 2012) - BIG!Blooms Recipient
There are thousands of acres of abandoned lots in New York owned by the city. We are starting with a space in Brownsville. At the corner of Sutter and Rockaway Avenue, across from Public School 323, is our sunny 8,000 square foot corner lot, currently full of weeds and trash. We will transform this lot into a urban teaching farm that will beautify the neighborhood, educate local youth, and provide a source of fresh produce for the community.
Sprout Farms (Spring 2012) - BIG!Blooms Recipient
Sprout Farms is a project dedicated to urban agriculture. We are fiscally sponsored by Open Space Institute, Inc. through its Citizen Action Program. Sprout establishes educational spaces for students and community members to learn about food systems through gardens and projects related to the food and waste cycle. Sprout partners with schools to develop educational programming to teach plant care, nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Sprout's summer programming connects students and their communities with food production during the peak growing season to provide a deeper understanding of the food we eat. Sprout works to reduce its impact on the environment by using recycled and refurbished materials and partnering with like-minded organizations.
Queens Botanical Garden - Intergenerational Garden (Spring/Summer 2012) - BIG!Blooms Recipient
From thematic gardens and historic plantings recalling QBG’s World’s Fair origins to new gardens showcasing native species and sustainable landscape practices, our collections represent the expert horticultural knowledge, artistry, and commitment to environmental education and public service that have been hallmarks of QBG for more than 60 years.
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (Spring/Summer 2012) - BIG!Blooms Recipient
"Grounded in Community Gardens in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City"
Thanks to the generous support of BIG!BLOOMS, a program of Build It Green! NYC, BQLT has been able to deliver nearly one hundred pieces of lumber to seven BQLT community gardens in Brooklyn and Queens so far this season. The lumber is repurposed from retired scaffolding boards and is used to build raised vegetable beds, an excellent second use for this material. BQLT looks forward to receiving more lumber and distributing it to additional gardens this Spring.
"For Closure" at the Bronx River Art Center (Spring-Fall 2012) - BIG!NYC Gives Back Recipient
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.