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SPOTLIGHT: Lower East Side Ecology Center
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has been using the meeting spaces at the Neighborhood Preservation Center since 2000, mainly for board meetings, intern training sessions, and most notably their Master Composting Class.
The LES Ecology Center was founded in 1987, providing education relating to environmental issues and how to do your part to help. It was one of the first in New York City to offer community-based recycling and composting programs, and in 1994 pioneered the idea of providing free public compost collection by starting such a program at the Union Square Greenmarket.
In 2003 the Ecology Center started an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling program - which NPC has taken full advantage of! Today the program is city wide and also includes a permanent drop off location at its Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse, open five days a week. The Warehouse also has a one-of-a-kind Prop Library offering vintage electronics for photo-shoots, film productions and other creative needs and a ReUse store with a diverse selection of inexpensive, refurbished and hard-to-find electronics.
In addition to the recycling programs, the Ecology Center participates in the City's annual MulchFest at Tompkins Square Park, which will be held on Saturday, January 10 & Sunday, January 11, 2015. The Ecology Center helps prep Christmas trees to be mulched by removing any remaining ornaments and leads volunteers to spread the freshly chipped mulch around trees in and street trees surrounding the park to help them survive the winter. Attendees are also be able to take a bag home to spread around trees on their block.
EcoBiz NYC is another program NPC has benefited from. The program's goal is to help small businesses reduce air pollution and environmental impact created through daily operations, while saving money in the process.
If you would like to get involved and get your hands dirty, volunteering with the LES Ecology Center is a chance to see projects literally grow in front of your eyes. Stewardship volunteer opportunities are offered throughout the year to provide a variety of hands-on outdoor training practices, including cultivating planting beds, removing invasive species, planting native shrubs and perennials, and applying compost and mulch to maintain East River Park.
For more information about the Lower East Side Ecology Center, including upcoming e-waste recycling events, please visit the Ecology Center's website.
The Neighborhood Preservation Center is thrilled to be a resource for the Ecology Center. For the full list of groups that have accessed our programs since 1999, visit our website.