If you are a NYC artist this may be a great opportunity for you.
NYC’s Department of Sanitation is seeking to transform 5 of their garbage trucks. The zero-waste project is Trucks of Art and each truck would be painted by a different artist. The requirements are an idea that either represents the city’s strongest or one that encourages New Yorkers to recycle. So you know where this is going.
So it is in our opinion that these trucks should send a green message. Waste management in NYC is huge. When the city had a landfill of its own, everything was seemingly all good. But this is no longer the case. We do not have a landfill anymore. The last was Fresh Kills landfill. It saw its last dump of trash in 2001 and it is now a city park. As a result, since its closing, NYC sends its trash to landfills out of state. This is not fair.
Therefore, this is Stay Blooming reaching out to fellow environmentalists and artists. As a city known for its creativity, it makes sense to use art as communication. Residents need to be encouraged to actively participate in the recycling process. It needs to interest them. It needs to be personal. This way they are mindful of how they accumulate trash. As a result, this artistic opportunity is very important to prevent trash.
If you have been a reader or visitor, you have noticed some changes and should know that more changes are to come. Stay Blooming has been a blogging platform that shared insight regarding humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, and self-care. Over time, my focus has narrowed down to the environment and the natural world. Therefore, moving forward, Stay Blooming will reflect that change and will concentrate on the green living, eco-consciousness, and environmental education.
The new logo is representative of this new phase of Stay Blooming. The flower-like graphic is also 4 droplets. The colors represent humanity (yellow), our environment (dark and light green), and the ocean (teal).
One thing that will not change is the intention to spread awareness, resources, and ideas. There are additional things coming though and some are already here, in their earliest form…
Under the Services tab, you will find Cleanups, Donate Plastic Bags, Events, and Organizations. Cleanups are for individuals and organizations to get involved in cleanup events in NYC. Donate Plastic Bags is a new addition to divert plastic film pollution. Events is a returning page that was disabled for some time. Now it will be housing Stay Blooming events happening in NYC. The Organizations page is a list of groups that do work related to the environment.
Also on the Services page, you will find that Workshops and Guest Speaking are coming soon. Workshops will be an interactive one-day learning experience about the environment and the science behind it, as well as what you can do to help. Guest Speaking is a way to hire me to speak to a small group or audience. Topics for both will be coming soon.
The Shop is currently under construction and will be expanded. It will be mostly dedicated to ecofriendly products, stickers, and prints. All of the products that will be listed are selected for their ecoconscious value. The stickers are always going to be updated (a new pack is shown above) with new designs and pack options. Keep it bookmarked or make sure you frequent the page to check out the latest additions. Lastly, the Shop will be getting a different user interface to make your shopping experience much easier and efficient.
That sums up the changes that are live and those to come. Tell a friend about Stay Blooming today. If there are any questions, concerns, or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not hear enough about the importance of civic engagement and the advantages it has for communities. Very often, it seems as though decisions that are made for communities do not actually involve the voices they home.
So, what is civic engagement? Any political or non-political action that is taken by someone in order to bring about a positive change to society or their community.
There are so many layers and paths of being civically engaged that it can actually intimidate residents from wanting to be involved altogether. In the New York City area, it is especially overwhelming with having a large population. However, there can be help navigating through it. All neighborhoods have a community board. These democratically run groups are ideally the foundation of all planning that takes place in NYC. The changes that they are typically involved with include local decisions like new construction projects, positive change for the community, or even safety enforcement.
Community boards are not responsible for reaching out to residents though, it is quite the opposite. If someone is passionate enough about something, they need to do research on how they can get involved in order to carry out the change they want to see. Following community boards are councilpersons. Each district in the NYC has an elected person for this position who is responsible for representing their district on a local, city level. Similarly to how a Congress person represents their district federally.
You can contact your councilperson in regard to a problem you notice in your community or a difference you would like to make. They will either lead you in the right direction as to how you can make it happen, or you just might find out you are the one to create the path to change. Nonetheless, finding resources betters your chances and you cannot do that without engagement.
The main benefits of civic engagement include…
enhancing the quality of life for society, the local community, and generations to come.
developing access to resources and distributing those resources to the public.
creating confidence as a community/society instead of individuals out for their own self-interests.
motivating communities to further partake in community involvement, thus continuing the cycle of positive change.
A perfect example of community involvement is the public meeting that was held for the discussion of NYC’s Orchard Beach‘s Pavilion Restoration recently. This well-known beach in the Bronx was first opened in 1936 and has not seen any construction since. It has been in desperate need of infrastructural attention for years. The pavilion restoration was jumpstarted by a $10 million initiative taken by the Bronx borough president, Ruben Diaz Jr., and that has now grown to $60 million thanks to other contributors.
The Bronxites that came out to be apart of this meeting participated by asking questions and talking over what they would like to see at Orchard Beach as well as what they would not like to see. Although improvements are absolutely necessary for a beach that has 1.5 million visitors a year, it is imperative to see what will be most functional and useful for the community. If it is not practical for the beach’s users then it will not be an effective and successful restoration for the community… that is the exact reason why civic engagement is highly valuable.
Getting involved locally is the most direct way you can begin to make an impact. Not only does could it change lives locally, but it may change futures for some and that is an amazing power and influence to have.
I am excited and honored to announce that I, Alyssa Perez, Chief Editor of StayBlooming.com, will be contributing to Queens College‘s online periodical QC Voices. I’m currently a student there and decided to complete my BA in Environmental Studies shortly after starting StayBlooming.com to build my credibility as a writer.
Writing is great because it gives me many avenues of expressing myself/my ideas and it comes with a flexibility like no other medium. I admit that journalism is still just an optional route. I write for StayBlooming.com truly as an act of love. A labor that I owe to earth because it not only gave me life but consciousness of it. It’s a mission of mine to put into written words what I intuitively understand to be a universal language. So, I’m merely just following my heart and living in my truth.
I applied to be a part of QC Voices because my confidence was just right. I have been publicly writing for some time now. I can comfortably discuss the topics I write on especially environmental views. I use my social media platforms to spread awareness and gained sisterhood through that like-mindedness. And I am ready to keep growing. After submitting writing samples and StayBlooming.com, I was invited to have my own column with QC Voices called Environmentally Woke.
As this is just an introduction of what’s to come, you can expect to see my QC Voices work on here too in the future. I hope this opportunity holds me accountable to my writing during the school term just as much as it expands my ability to write. In the meantime, check me out on the Team page along with the other student contributors!
Thank you for blooming with me.
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