The purpose of the Sustainability Committee is to promote positive dialogue, to better understand the natural environment, and discuss and propose ways residents and the co-op can lead a more environmentally sustainable life.
Please consider joining our next monthly meeting on the last Thursday of the month.
"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
How to be a steward
of the environment:
Compost Food Scraps
Care for our new saplings native trees
Plant Native Plants whenever you can!
They help the birds, bees, butterflies, and insects we need to survive and nature needs to thrive!!
Follow sustainable landscaping practices
Taking time to enjoy nature in our beautiful grounds and neighborhoods. Enjoy our 2 park benches!
Share resources for addressing the impact
of climate change
Act as stewards beyond home
Here are examples of what our residents
are doing in the local community:
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!
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! Interested? Email Us to or visit these sites for:
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.
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
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.
How To Leave
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