Become a Resident Green Committee Member!
Who can join a Resident Green Committee?
The short answer is… anybody! Through the RGC Program, residents contribute their knowledge, skills and abilities to help beautify the developments, save energy and create community engagement and pride. RGCs are independent and resident led. They elect their own leaders, write their own mission statements and decide what projects to take on. In the past year, Resident Green Committees throughout the five boroughs have organized clean up days, implemented recycling in their developments, planted gardens, built tree guards, received grant money, and partnered with other organizations and businesses for job trainings, tree stewardship courses and pest prevention workshops. Since collective action is the only way to fight climate change all residents, including seniors, youth, parents, and people of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join the RGCs. Community members who are not residents of NYCHA, but have an interest in working together to green their neighborhoods, are also invited to get involved, though they may not hold RGC offices. By working together, we can make our developments cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable places to live.
How to Get Involved
Find out if your development already has an active RGC already by checking out our current Committees. If you do, you’re in luck– simply attend their next meeting to meet the committee members and find out how you can join in their efforts in your community. Resident contact information is not listed online, but you can reach out to us if you’d like to be connected to the RGC leaders directly.
If your development does not currently have a Resident Green Committee, you can start your own! All you need to do is find some friends and neighbors in your community who are also interested, then let us know and we will help you hold an initial informational meeting. Once you have at least 10 members who are ready to commit, you can officially sign up, hold monthly meetings, and plan all kinds of green events in your community. Contact the RGC Coordinator, John Lisbon, for help starting a new committee!