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NEXT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING: 7:30 pm, Thursday, January 26, 2023

Welcome

The purpose of the Sustainability Committee is to promote positive dialogue about how we can better understand the natural environment and to think about ways we can live a more environmentally sustainable life.

 

Please consider attending our next monthly meeting. Check the "Events" listing in the navigation above for dates.

INITIATIVES

Community engagement

Stewarding Riverdale Park Apartments

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Stewarding in Action

Environmental stewardship refers to the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through active participation in conservation efforts and sustainable practices by individuals, small groups, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and other collective networks. Wikipedia

RESIDENTS AT RIVERDALE PARK APARTMENTS ACT AS STEWARDS IN THESE WAYS:

  • COMPOSTING FOOD SCRAPS

  • CARING FOR NEWLY PLANTED SAPLINGS

  • CHOOSING ECOLOGICALLY SUPPORTING LANDSCAPING PRACTICES

  • MAKING TIME TO ENJOY NATURE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS AND NEIGHBORHOOD

  • SHARE RESOURCES FOR ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

  • ACT AS STEWARDS BEYOND HOME

 

​Examples of what our residents are doing in the local community:

FOOD RECOVERY

Collecting unused food that would be thrown away or composted and delivering it to people who need it. FOOD RECOVERY is considered a sustainable practice because it reduces the carbon footprint associated with food production as well as the methane produced by landfills. Composting isn't considered as impactful to climate change mitigation as FOOD RECOVERY. Helping your neighbors is also a good thing!

REDUCING LIGHT POLLUTION

Excessive outdoor lighting is harmful to humans and nature. Stewards at Riverdale Park advocate for safe, dark-sky-friendly lighting and also encourage residents to get outdoors and enjoy sky-watching at night.

ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION

Volunteer landscapers and novice gardeners help local parks, community organizations, and houses of worship remove invasive plants and replace them with pollinator-friendly plants. Invasive plants deplete the ecological balance and impact the food chain everywhere. Working outdoors in nature reduces stress - plus it's fun to support your community! 

The results of our environmental
Sustainability Survey are in!

Thanks to all those who participated. We feel the first effort to gauge residents' opinions around a specific topic went very well! The next steps will be to share the results with the board and management along with some specific action items. See the 2 links below to review the presentation of the findings.

And to further clarify, here's a brief definition of Environmental Sustainability: the responsibility to conserve natural resources and protect global ecosystems to support health and wellbeing, now and in the future.

View the results here and here

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2 good ones.

Tropical Leaves

Learn more about the Homegrown National Park movement!
A New Approach to Conservation
that Starts in Your Yard and Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants
Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.


Nature's Best Hope
© Douglas Tallamy 2021

Organic Home Garden

Riverdale Park Apartments participates in the NYC Department of Sanitation's Curbside Composting Program

Residents can contact our group if you have questions about how to save your food scrapes and drop them off at our bins. 

Leave

The

Leaves

 

One of the most valuable things you can do to support pollinators and other invertebrates is to provide them with the winter cover they need. It is definitiely not to leave the leaves everywhere. That is a common misperception

If you really want to know

more click here

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