Updated: April 1, 2023

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 committed the United States to sustainability, declaring it a national policy “to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” – (

Learn about sustainability – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Conservation & Sustainability Efforts
Billion Oyster Project
New York Restoration Project
Green Schools Alliance
Sierra Club NYC
NYC Audubon
NYC Nature Goal 2050
Zero Waste Programs –  GrowNYC
Join the Biggest Hour for Earth Switch off. Give an Hour for Earth. 25th March, 8.30pm local time – Earth Hour

Urban Gardening
Urban Garden Center
Green Space Program – Grow NYC
Gardening with NYC Native Plants – A Guide from NYC Parks & Recreation – Natural Areas Conservancy

For election season, check out:
NY League of Conservation Voters

Watch CWNY’s interview with Dr. John Albers, a research scientist and professor of medicine at the University of Washington, to discuss urban sustainability. He is also a passionate environmentalist and the author of several books about sustainable gardening. Although recently retired from teaching, Dr. Albers continues to review scientific and medical research papers, as well as continuing to assist young investigators in their research. The transcript for the above interview is available here. The interview summary article written by Scotia Hille is available here.
Interview hosts:
Victoria Pilotti, CWNY Past President
Scotia Hille, CWNY Past Green Team Coordinator.

Watch CWNY’s Sustainability Webinar with NYC Parks Dept. The PowerPoint slides for this presentation are available here.
Catherine Bealin, Consultant, UN Development Programme; President, Douglas Manor Environmental Association
.Jennifer Greenfeld, Assistant Commissioner – Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources, NYC Parks