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Council on the Environment, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2012: Council on the Environment, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: COUNCIL ON THE ENVIRONMENT INC

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AKA  GrowNYC
New York, NY
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Council on the Environment, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2012: Council on the Environment, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: COUNCIL ON THE ENVIRONMENT INC

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Also Known As: GrowNYC
Physical Address: New York, NY 10007 
EIN: 13-2765465
Web URL: www.GrowNYC.org 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C60 Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C34 Land Resources Conservation
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C42 Garden Club, Horticultural Programs
Ruling Year: 1981 


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Mission Statement

GrowNYC (formerly Council on the Environment of NYC) is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, July 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $8,842,456
Total Expenses $8,618,818

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Mr. Marcel Van Ooyen

Term:

Since Feb 2006

Profile:

Marcel Van Ooyen earned degrees in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine and from the Seattle University School of Law specializing in Environmental Law. After graduating from law school, Mr. Van Ooyen worked for the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in Washington State, where he conducted the environmental review of proposed power plants. Upon moving to NYC, Mr. Van Ooyen worked for the New York City Council as Chief of Staff to City Council Member Gifford Miller and then as Legislative Director for the City Council. As Legislative Director, Mr. Van Ooyen, ensured the passage of over 30 environmental Local Laws, including the city?s landmark green buildings legislation, lead bill, clean air codes, environmental purchasing laws, and many more.

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Programs

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Budget:
$2,205,294
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Greenmarket promotes regional agriculture and ensures a continuing supply of fresh, local produce for New Yorkers. Greenmarket has organized and managed open-air farmers markets in NYC since 1976. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers. Buy Local Eating locally grown food is nothing new. A hundred years ago, over 95% of Americans lived on farms. City dwellers ate food brought by horse and cart from nearby farms. In the 1800s, Brooklyn was the top producing agricultural county in the US. In the 20th century, farms moved west and many local farms were paved over. By the 1970s, New Yorkers complained of brown lettuce and hard tomatoes while local farms went bankrupt. Greenmarket was a natural solution to a two-fold problem: by selling their homegrown crops in New York City, local farms could stay in business and bring fresh food to city neighborhoods. What began with twelve farmers in an empty lot in 1976 has grown into the largest network of its kind in the country, with rigorous "grow-your-own" standards.

Program Long-Term Success:

Forty-seven weekly Greenmarket farmers markets in 33 city neighborhoods in peak season 2004; 22 weekly markets open year round. Approximately 200 farmers and other food producers keep over 30,000 acres of agricultural land in production in the region. We estimate several hundred thousand New Yorkers shop at Greenmarket annually.

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Budget:
$598,428
Category:
Environment
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

About the Office of Recycling Outreach & Education (OROE) OROE works to increase participation in New York City’s curbside recycling program using a grassroots, community-by-community strategy. Our borough-wide coordinators work to identify the specific challenges to recycling in a neighborhood and address those needs with targeted workshops for tenants and supers, community events centered on education, and special collection programs for textiles, electronics, and compost. OROE was created in 2006 when the City Council passed Mayor Bloomberg’s landmark Solid Waste Management Plan.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

For nearly 40 years, GrowNYC has been rolling up its sleeves alongside NYC residents to: Provide access to healthy, fresh, local food for all New Yorkers Grow and maintain vibrant green spaces and community gardens. Help New Yorkers recycle more and reduce waste. Create the next generation of environmental leaders through hands-on education programs.

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Evidence of Impact

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“Learn It, Grow It, Eat It” is a collaborative effort of three GrowNYC programs (Open Space Greening, Greenmarket, Environmental Education) aimed at improving the health of young people through nutrition education and improved food access in their schools and communities. The project encourages young people to take control of their health on the cusp of adulthood through knowledge, choices, and action. “Learn It, Grow It, Eat It” gives students nutrition information that goes beyond memorizing the USDA food pyramid; helps them make the connection between the environment and food consumption through hands-on gardening; and introduces healthy food choices that they can incorporate into their diet with in-school food preparation and offerings featuring Greenmarket produce. Other

Organizational Strengths

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Areas for Improvement

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They could increase staffers in the community. Other
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