* 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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Giving Back to The NEW New York
Build It Green! NYC will join forces with other local green groups on October 1 at the second annual NEW New York festival. GreenHomeNYC is presenting the most innovative block party in NYC this fall, focusing on community, interaction, sustainability and having fun!
Over the summer, GreenHomeNYC put a call out for young, green designers to create a collection of sustainable furniture for the festival. Ten eco-conscious design students were chosen and now have access to Build It Green! NYC's inventory to create their re-use furniture projects. For updates and sneak peaks at the designers creations, visit greendesignchallenge.tumblr.com!
BIG!NYC Gives Back offers free and discounted materials to many artists, community groups, schools and environmental initiatives through out the year. To learn more about our program or to apply for materials, please visit bignyc.org/givesback.
Earlier this summer, BIG!NYC's Gives Back program donated materials to the arts festival, FIGMENT NYC 2011. Held over three days in June, this Governors Island event calls itself an "explosion of creative energy". Mixing culture and participatory art whenever possible, this art project transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative art installation - and then the art disappears to be reused in another way. Sign up to help FIGMENT with the deconstruction of the remaining installations on Governor's Island, September 23-25.