Resident Green Committee Program
About Resident Green Committees
Whereas Garden and Greening is one of NYCHA’s oldest programs, its counterpart, the Resident Green Committee (RGC) Program, is one of the youngest! The RGC program was born in 2009 as a part of NYCHA’s Green Agenda, the Housing Authority’s program to promote environmental sustainability and reduce energy costs. RGCs are groups of concerned NYCHA residents who are committed to fighting climate change and preserving public housing. RGCs plan projects, organize events, and educate residents in their developments about environmental and energy issues. By increasing the energy efficiency of NYCHA buildings, improving green spaces, planting trees, exploring sustainable energy solutions and connecting residents with “green collar” jobs, NYCHA is decreasing its carbon footprint, saving on energy costs, and helping to preserve public housing. Resident participation is crucial to the success of the Green Agenda.
Resident Green Committees are intended:
– To provide a vehicle within which residents can work together to improve their communities by creating projects to help reduce their carbon footprint, save energy, water, and reduce waste
– To educate residents about how to live in a healthier, cleaner, and more beautiful community
– To green open spaces by promoting the planting of gardens and caring for of young trees
– To learn how to apply for grants, organize workshops, and apply for green jobs
– To identify and partner with community organizations on collaborative projects and activities
– To create a network of passionate NYCHA residents across all of New York City who can form relationships, share ideas, and learn new skills and strategies from one another
The RGC Team
RGCs are, first and foremost, inherently resident-driven, but there are also several other parties involved. Since 2009, NYCHA has partnered with the NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service, to bring a diverse group of professionals to support the Resident Green Committee (RGC) Initiative. The Civic Corps members commit to 10 months of full-time service at NYCHA, providing assistance to the RGCs across the city and engaging residents in NYCHA’s environmental sustainability initiatives. In addition to the resident & Civic Corps volunteers, the RGC program is supported by the RGC Coordinator, John Lisbon, and the rest of the Gardening & Sustainability team.
Feel free to give us a call or email to get more information, or if you’re ready to start an RGC of your own!
You can also check out even more about what our RGCs have been up recently to by visiting our Facebook page.