In support of the Mayor Bloomberg’s Million Trees Initiative, the Department of Education and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) forged a partnership to plant trees at schools every year. In fiscal year 2010 NYRP planted over 2,000 trees at nearly 130 schools. If you are interested in planting trees, building gardens, or greening your school property, apply for the Gardens for City program. Applications from schools are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the New York Restoration Project for more information.
Grow to Learn: Citywide School Gardens Initiative is a project of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in coordination with partners including NYC Mayor's Community Affair Unit, GrowNYC, the Department of Education and the Department of Parks & Recreation, The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Grow to Learn was created with the mission to inspire, promote and facilitate the creation of sustainable gardens in public schools throughout New York City. By pooling best practices, this initiative will ensure that every school has access to information and support needed to start and maintain a successful garden. Major sponsorship for this initiative comes from Bank of America, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Rachel Ray's Yum-o! Apply for Grow to Learn NYC mini grants here.
As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC efforts, the Department of Education, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Trust for Public Land partnered to implement the Schoolyards to Playgrounds Initiative which will open 256 school yards to community use.
NYC Compost Project, funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling since 1993, has staff in every borough at the Botanic Gardens and Lower East Side Ecology Center. Staff and Master Composters are available to help teachers and students learn about decomposition and composting through workshops and field trips to compost demo sites. Schools are encouraged to set up their own compost bins -- outdoors in school gardens, or wormbins in the classroom.