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Earth Matter NY Inc

Earth Matter seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting.

NEW YORK, NY   |  http://www.earthmatter.org

Mission

Earth Matter NY is a 501(c)3 that seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting. There is one soil, one air, and one water, all commonly held and stewarded by one people, the nurturance of which is critical to a verdant world. Organic waste should not be part of modern landfills because the waste of any process is food for other processes. Transportation of waste far beyond the source unnecessarily despoils the soil, air, and water. Society needs to alter the way waste is treated as part of an integrated, long term solution to food, climate, and energy issues. The power to manifest global social change lies within each of us. The challenge to take action rests on our shoulders.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Marisa DeDominicis

Co-Founder/Operations Manager

Charles Bayrer

Main address

179 RIVINGTON ST APT 4A

NEW YORK, NY 10002 USA

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EIN

27-0625845

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Earth Matter NY is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. We seek to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Compost Learning Center

Earth Matter NY’s Compost Learning Center is our sustainable home base on Governors Island. At the Center, we showcase numerous devices and methods for making compost and care for upwards of 60 animals (50,000 if you count the worms and bees!). We also compost yard waste from Governors Island and 28,000 lbs of food scraps from Governors Island and NYC community members each month! The Compost Learning Center is a place where you can learn about composting, dig your hands in the earth, and help us ensure that there is "no waste wasted” on Governors Island.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Urban composting has dual purposes: diverting organic waste from the landfill and amending existing soil. Earth Matter NY demonstrates how gardeners can use readily-available materials to create compost to grow plants in urban soil conditions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Lavender Field Project on Governors Island is a healing space for the community, the bees, and the earth.

FIRST, the lavender field provides visitors with a calm, fragrant oasis where they can set aside the stresses of city life and participate in our restorative yoga and meditation workshops.

SECOND, lavender is a potentially beneficial pollinator plant to protect and support Governors Island’s honey bees in the face of climate change.

THIRD, the lavender is planted in soil enriched with compost made by the New York City Compost Project hosted by Earth Matter NY. This demonstrates one of the ways we nourish the earth and keep organic food waste out of New York City’s landfills.

Born in 2017, the Lavender Field on Governors Island was created by Soil Start Farm Cooperators in partnership with the Island Bee Project.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Earth Matter NY and The Trust for Governors Island have joined forces to create Zero Waste Island, an initiative with the goal of reducing the island’s waste export to zero. 100% of the organic waste collected (including food vendor serviceware and kitchen scraps, and landscaping cleanup waste) is now processed at our Compost Learning Center, creating fertile compost used across the Island and NYC.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total weight of materials recycled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Compost Learning Center

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Processed over 1.2 million pounds of organics into compost

Cubic Yards of compost distributed to community gardens

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Soil Start Farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Distributed 65 cubic yards of compost to Governors Island and NYC Parks Green Thumb community gardens

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Soil Start Farm

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Trainees experience “Seed to Seed” during the program, starting with the basics of how to make compost. Trainees hone their skills, eventually taking their learnings back to their own communities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We see that:

There is one soil, one air, and one water, all commonly held and stewarded by one people, the nurturance of which is critical to a verdant world.

- Organic waste should not be part of modern landfills because the waste of any process is food for other processes.
- Transportation of waste far beyond the source unnecessarily despoils the soil, air, and water.
- Society needs to alter the way waste is treated as part of an integrated, long term solution to food, climate, and energy issues.
- The power to manifest global social change lies within each of us. The challenge to take action rests on our shoulders.

We endeavor to:

- Compost organic waste locally on behalf of our friends.
- Educate, encourage, and support ongoing community composting efforts.
- Utilize best practices for the improvement of soil health.
- Promote water conservation practices to reduce the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) burden on municipal sewer systems.

The strategies we use to make this happen include:

- NYC Compost Project, a DSNY project which works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to make and use compost locally;

- Soil Start Farm, which uses urban composting to not only divert organic waste from landfill and amend existing soil but demonstrate how gardeners can use readily-available materials to create compost to grow plants in urban soil conditions;

- The Lavender Field, a healing space for the community, bees, and the earth. The field provides visitors with an oasis where they can set aside the stresses of city life through yoga and meditation. Lavender is also a potentially beneficial pollinator plant to protect and support Governors Island’s bees in the face of climate change. Lavender is planted in soil enriched with compost made by Earth Matter NY.

- Zero Waste Island Initiative, which works with island vendors to model a closed-loop system.

Our organization's capabilities include our core relationships with DSNY, The Trust for Governors Island, Friends of Governors Island, Billion Oyster Project, and Harbor School. We are also supported by the many trained apprentices, interns, and volunteers who help us carry out our projects from composting to animal care to urban farming. We also receive funding from numerous corporate, nonprofit, and foundation partners, among them NY Service Corp, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Patagonia, Community Access, Downtown Alliance, BioBag, and Sustainable Generation.

We have accomplished much in our nearly 10 years, including establishing a successful apprentice and intern program, starting and maintaining a compost-enriched demonstration farm, creating a lavender field to further engage the public in conversations around the benefits of composting and the importance of pollinators to mitigate climate change, diverting thousands of tons of organic waste that would otherwise contribute to climate change to productive use in partnership with DSNY's NYC Compost Project, and playing host to thousands of visitors each season at Governors Island to introduce them, many for the first time, to the what, why, and how of composting.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Earth Matter NY Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kim Tateo

Portfolio Soft

Term: 2021 - 2022

Kim Tateo

Tivoli Preserve Community Farm

Matt Civello

Portfolio Soft

Mary Ng

Charles Bayrer

Earth Matter NY

Anna Cheung

Chelsea Kelley

NY City Council

Leigh Howard

1199SEIU

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/16/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.