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Mid-New York Environmental and Sustainability Promotion Committee

Connecting our Land, Community, Climate

aka NYenvironcom   |   New Paltz, NY   |  http://nyenvironcom.ngo

Mission

The committee works to organize environmental activities and programs for the New York region, as well as monitoring and oversight programs. Our advocacy and initiatives are defined by our key goals of encouraging re-urbanization, re-ruralization, and de-surbanization.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder/director

Alex Scilla

Main address

41 Main St Unit 121

New Paltz, NY 12561 USA

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EIN

83-3547337

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Recycling (C27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Regarding land use, particularly in New York State, most local information is fragmented, out-of-date, and not cohesive for many citizens. Making ecological issues easily accessible, comprehensible, and organized helps inform everyone (local decision-makers and project applicants, and impacted residents) on how environmental issues impact land, water, and air in the neighborhoods of our communities.

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?

WaterInsight (Active Water Quality Monitoring)

The WaterInsight program trains citizens on do-it-yourself water data collection methods to advance science-based preservation or remediation in land planning. Officially launched in Spring 2020, WaterInsight trained its first group of six volunteers in hands-on water data collection methods and installed three water monitoring stations in the Lower Basha [Basher] Kill stream at points southwest of the Wildlife Management Area before it meets the Neversink in New York. The monitoring stations are an essential part of the WaterInsight program. The stations (a customized version of the Stroud Water Research Center EnviroDIY Monitoring Station), built and maintained by WaterInsight volunteers, enable the collection of critical data that is publicly available on NYenvironcom’s website (https://nyenvironcom.ngo/water-monitoring/) and can be analyzed, interpreted, and shared with the community to encourage informed citizen involvement when issues of land development or policy arise.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The TerraINscape program incorporates the use of professional and trained citizen scientists to collect valuable wetland data to influence future policy decisions and advocacy to undo the effects of development of natural areas in New York State. A national wetland survey produced by the EPA in 2011 found that only 48% of natural wetlands are in good condition, while 20 % are fair, and 32% are in poor condition. Wetlands of all types are ecological hotspots for biological diversity and provide many invaluable ecosystem services. In this unique citizen science project, we are training volunteers to perform drone photogrammetry and wetland surveys on small unidentified/unrecognized wetlands in NYS, with an initial focus on Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties. This project will capture valuable aerial photography and evaluate ecological health of wetlands and make the data available for public use, as well as submissions of the results to regulatory agencies for further evaluation.

Population(s) Served

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.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

WaterInsight (Active Water Quality Monitoring)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of national media pieces on the topic

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

WaterInsight (Active Water Quality Monitoring)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Front page stories in the Times-Herald Record about our Clean Water Act lawsuit

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Contribute to achieving a new land use framework that will allow our communities and society to develop in a smarter and more sustainable fashion. #desuburbanize

We do this by developing facts on the ground, using citizen science, maps, reports from scientists and engineers, and gathering information. This work produces a robust picture for the community, planning boards, and land developers to consider and understand the impact building projects have. We do not duplicate state and municipal efforts, such as those at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), we build on them.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mid-New York Environmental and Sustainability Promotion Committee

Board of directors
as of 07/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Scilla

Vincent Scilla

Patrick Chan

Grace Woodard

Christopher Murray

Paula Medley

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Mediterranean
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2023

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.