We have been on a hiatus since Adventure NYC, our last big Parks events. Well, it’s school time, fall, and Halloween’s coming: a perfect time to return! We want to let you know that a date has been released for Pumpkin Fest, one of the major yearly events that the Parks GreenTeam participates in. More details will be added, but we have updated our Idealist page and created a new event posting for this- check it out! As always, we are looking for volunteers who are energetic, adventurous, love working on a team, competitive, and love to help the environment.

Pumpkin Fest 2011

Go to our Parks website to sign-up for this volunteer opportunity, as well as being on our e-mail list for future events:

Sign Up Here!


Check out the media page for more details…!

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Volunteer with the NYC Parks Special Events GreenTeam on June 25th at Adventures NYC!

Visit www.nyc.gov/parks/greenteam to volunteer.

The GreenTeam will make its next appearance on June 25, 2011 at Adventures NYC, an outdoor sports festival in Central Park. From 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. near the Bandshell at 72nd Street, members of the NYC Parks GreenTeam will help clean and green the event by collecting as much recycling as possible! This will be a great chance to pitch in while meeting other eco-minded New Yorkers who share your passion for recycling and conservation.
It is not too late to volunteer with the GreenTeam at Adventures NYC!

Visit theGreenTeam webpageto sign up for a shift.

See you in the park!
Visit www.nyc.gov/parks/greenteam to volunteer, or click here to learn more about Adventures NYC.

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Parks Greeter Corps

Join the Parks Greeter Corps!

The newly launched Parks
Greeter Corps
is a team of motivated volunteers who are ambassadors of
New York’s park system in the community. Park greeters are a
welcoming presence at the entrance to parks and playgrounds, inform patrons
of the available amenities and programs, gauge the public’s opinion
and interests, and serve as eyes and ears for the park’s condition
and environment. We are looking for volunteers from all backgrounds in all
five boroughs.

If you are interested in volunteering as a greeter for Parks, please sign
up at nyc.gov/parks/greetercorps

If you have any questions or cannot access the website, please contact
Mahanth Joishy at Mahanth.joishy@parks.nyc.gov
or (212) 360-8287.

Here are some photos of the Street Games event, which took place Saturday, May 7th, 2011 in Thomas Jefferson park on East Harlem. Photos by Julie Raskin.

                                                       Billy “Buddha” Metallinos, Recycling Director

Dear GreenTeam Volunteers,

Help us “green” our next big event! Join us on Saturday, May 7 at Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem for our 4th annual Street Games event.

The GreenTeam seeks 20 Recycling Volunteers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty for a good cause. Street Games Recycling Volunteers will:

  • Learn about recycling in NYC
  • Help collect recylable material from throughout the event
  • Compete to win prizes

Volunteer @ Street Games
Saturday, May 7
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Park, Harlem, 114th Street and First Avenue

Click here to register

Thanks for helping us clean and green our public events!

This in from the Chief: GreenTeam has been featured in New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s daily newsletter, The Daily Plant! Take a look below at the release, the featured a picture taken at Winter Jam on February 6th, 2011 (a link is posted after the story).

Daily Plant Masthead

Volume XXVI, Number 5381

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011

Join The Green Team!

As part of the New York City Parks Department’s Sustainable Parks initiative, we are working on all fronts to expand recycling on our 29,000 acres. Since 2009, the Parks GreenTeam has made a positive impact on Parks events by reducing their ecological footprint. At Citywide Special Events like Adventures NYC, Winter Jam, and Pumpkin Festival, GreenTeam volunteers make sure that recycling bins are available to attendees, ensure that all appropriate materials are recycled, and compete in teams to see who can collect the most bags of recycling. Now the GreenTeam is getting involved with education as well!

The GreenTeam was started by Parks’ Julie Raskin and former intern Joe Conforti in August, 2009. They saw a huge need for a recycling initiative due to the large amount of waste as a result of large events in the parks. Julie and Joe saw that simply putting out recycling bins was not making enough of a difference. The two Parkies found that recruiting groups of volunteers to actively monitor the bins and collect recyclables seemed to make the largest difference. Julie had witnessed the success of a model in which volunteers turned in recycling for prizes at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

With all of this in mind, Julie and Joe created the GreenTeam. By posting on http://www.NYCService.org and http://www.volunteermatch.com, the GreenTeam was able to recruit volunteers, many of whom have continued to volunteer throughout the two years. Recently many school clubs have heard about GreenTeam events and have been asking to volunteer as well. Even with many volunteers, none of this would be possible without the team effort of various units within the Parks Department. Citywide Operations provides the bins, bags, and staff to help transport the recyclables to a Department of Sanitation collection point after the event. Marketing & Special Events has given the GreenTeam a home and has provided signage and swag to give to the winning volunteers as prizes. Thanks to the Arsenal Maintenance staff, volunteers have plastic gloves to pick up recycling and sort through trash.

This year’s Winter Jam, on February 5 in Prospect Park, was a huge success for the Green Team. They had 60 volunteers and collected 30 bags of recycling. The volunteers are grouped into teams and compete during their shift to collect the most recycling. Teams get very involved in the competitive aspect and it is a fun highlight for volunteers. Sixty volunteers is a new record for the GreenTeam, and they expect even more at the larger events coming up this year. But that’s not all! For the first time there was composting at a Parks event. Working with “Compost for Brooklyn,” volunteers collected apple cores which they recycled into fertilizer for plants.

The GreenTeam also added an education component for this event. By partnering with different environmental non-profits and community groups, the GreenTeam created a scavenger hunt for attendees. It is not just any scavenger hunt, but an eco- scavenger hunt where participants were able to learn about all of the environmental issues and organizations in the local area. Winners of the scavenger hunt were inducted into the ‘GreenTeam Hall of Fame’ and also received some prizes. The GreenTeam is looking forward to continuing this programming at future events.

Submitted by Jamie Klein (Barnard ’11), Management & Budget Intern

The Sustainable Parks Task Force is composed of six working groups. The Public Recycling Working Group, led by Co-Chairs Julie Raskin (Management and Budget), Mahanth Joishy (Citywide Operations), and Stephen Koren (Capital Projects) is researching and analyzing ways to improve public recycling in parks. The three main goals of the working group are:

• Expand public recycling to 200 sites by the end of spring 2011

• Expand recycling at Parks events

• Incorporate recycling collection and storage zones into new park design

About Sustainable Parks

The Sustainable Parks Task Force was formed in 2010 to bring together employees across the New York City Parks Department to advance green initiatives related to 21st century park design and construction, innovative natural resource management, and the strategic reduction of fuel, energy, and materials consumption. Through agency-wide education programs and the quarterly release of a sustainability plan, we will reduce our carbon footprint and enhance the current and future livability of New York City.

Join The Green Team!