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Artists Needed to Encourage Recycling

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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.

The best part is artists will use recycled paint.

There are only a few days left for submissions. The deadline is on March 31st. To get more information from Department of Sanitation, please click here. Act quickly if interested!

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Environmentally Woke, Part I

Since introducing Blooming at QC Voices, StayBlooming.com‘s chief editor, Alyssa Perez, has had three articles published for the Queens College online periodical QC Voices. If you have not had the opportunity to read the column, called Environmentally Woke, then check out the links below to catch up.

plastic straw ban.jpgThe Plastic Straw Ban is Gaining Momentum

great pacific garbage patchThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch

combined sewer system of nycThe Combined Sewer System of NYC and its Overflow

There will be more published pieces coming soon, all through Spring 2019. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, visit QC Voices to read more articles by other Queens College students.

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Blooming at QC Voices

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.