by Aryn Aiken
This week only, Grow NYC, the non-profit devoted to being the “sustainability resource for New Yorkers,” has a installation in Union Square promoting their new education and outreach program, Project Farmhouse. The “farmhouse” is set to open in around April of 2016. They hope to transform a retail space on 13th street into a one stop shop for all of Grow NYC’s sustainability education and give the organization it’s first real home right off Union Square. The space plans to house programming on how to most effectively recycle in public schools, how to build a garden bed, how to eat sustainably, and more. On the topic of community engagement, it’s important to emphasize that, at Return Recycling, we aren’t focused solely on waste management. We also want to develop methods of engagement with the waste characterization research we conduct. We want you to know what’s in your trash and how you can reduce your waste and effectively divert recyclable or compostable materials from landfills. Engaging with your trash sounds gross, but if we don’t know what we throw away, we won't know how to manage our waste effectively.
An arch in the shape of Project Farmhouse’s logo made of repurposed tubes is in Union Square as part of the Greenmarket. Go visit and while you’re there learn more about Project Farmhouse and how Grow NYC plans to create a community around sustainable living.