New York City 2016 Community Award Winners

Congratulations to the New York Community Award Winner!


community award group

Photo Credit: Michael Ostuni     

  • The Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project (HKFP)- Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries: The Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project is a volunteer-run rooftop farm that grows vegetables for a food pantry. We are part of a growing urban farming movement that is bringing fresh vegetables, nutrition education and community-building to low-income neighborhoods. We will provide paid urban agriculture summer internships for ten local teenagers to stimulate their interest in horticulture, environmental sustainability, economic inequality, nutrition, food justice and public policy and to orient them toward meaningful career opportunities. Using our rooftop farm as the classroom, the interns will participate in collaborative farming, visit other urban farms and engage in discussions with professionals.

  • Citizens Committee for New York City: Citizens Committee's mission is simple: to help New Yorkers – especially those in low-income communities – come together to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. With a $5,000 Green Festival Community Award, we will be able to provide three micro-grants to community gardens in NYC's under-served communities. These community gardens will give kids and families the opportunity to learn about the environment and the source of food, while improving air quality, reducing landfill waste through composting, and capturing storm water. New York City’s low-income neighborhoods are less likely to have access to green spaces and are disproportionately affected by environmental issues, and community gardens alleviate many of these issues. 
  • The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation(SoBRO): The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation’s (SoBRO) creation of the Bronx Salad for implementation in Bronx restaurants borough-wide. Created through a youth lead social-enterprise hydroponic rooftop project in the South Bronx, the project addresses food insecurity by producing local produce for resale to local restaurants and community residents and providing a signature salad as a healthy menu option.
  • Peace Boat US: Peace Boat is an International NGO that promotes sustainable development, peace education and respect for the environment through our peace voyages. We educate, raise awareness and inspire action to foster positive changes locally and globally. Since 1983, we have organized 1,800 study programs, taken 55,000 people around the world to more than 100 countries for hands-on learning, and carried out reforestation, landmine removal, disarmament, ocean conservation, and sustainable energy projects. Currently, we are building the world's first ecologically friendly cruise ship and developing educational programs to give New York City youth an opportunity to participate in environmental sustainability projects worldwide.
  • NYC Global Partners, Inc.: Global Partners Junior is a program of NYC Global Partners which connects nearly 1,000 underserved NYC youth ages 9-13 with 2,000 peers in classrooms from over 30 international cities through an online platform and original curriculum. Global Partners Junior empowers students to brainstorm solutions for making lasting changes in their communities and to see themselves as global citizens making a local impact. The Summer 2016 Global Partners Junior program will engage New York City youth ages 9-13 and their counterparts around the world in a 7-week exploration of immigration, food, and sustainability.
Thank You to our New York Community Award Judges 


Tina Woods, Publisher - Natural Awakenings Magazine NYC Edition

Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs-WABC-TV

Marina Qutab, Student Activist-Changing the World