Greening Western Queens Fund of North Star Fund
In the fall of 2009, North Star Fund launched the "Greening Western Queens Fund," a new $7.9 million initiative to invest in energy-efficiency and environmental projects in the Western Queens community affected by a July 2006 electric power outage. This program is supported by funds from the community's settlement with Con Edison. The projects below were funded for 2011-2012. For more information, please click here.
- All Saints Episcopal Church To revitalize their garden, providing public access to local green space.
- Asian Americans for Equality To implement environmentally focused organizing and education, outreach, and community-planning programs
- Center for Urban Pedagogy To lead Aviation High School students in a community research and design project that explores and explains the inner workings of NYC's energy infrastructure
- City Parks Foundation For the planting and stewardship of up to 850 trees in Western Queens.
- DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association To research the feasibility of a community garden for domestic and other low-wage workers.
- Earth Day New York To research and plan the implementation of public green roofs.
- Friends of Sunnyside Gardens Community Association To plant trees outside the historic Sunnyside Gardens park.
- GrowNYC To involve public school students in hands-on environmental education programs.
- GrowNYC To develop five gardens in local public schools.
- The Horticultural Society of New York To create a Learning Garden in a Queens public school.
- ioby To provides matching grants to small-scale environmental projects.
- Queens Library To transform five local Queens Library branches into "Greening Libraries" – innovative resource centers for environmental conservation.
- Recycle-A-Bicycle To create a plan for developing a community and bike center in Western Queens.
- Solar One To implement Green Design Labs in eight public schools.
- Sunnyside Community Services To provide green-jobs training to youth through an urban forestry summer internship program, in collaboration with Trees New York.
- Western Queens Compost Initiative To develop an initiative that will bring community-based, sustainable waste reduction programs to Western.