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Past Events

2009 AmeriCorps Week National Kickoff Event: Getting Green Done

Not-for-Profit Partners included: City Year New York, Harlem Children's Zone, New York Restoration Project, ReLight New York City, Children for Children, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York City Parks & Recreation, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

Date: May 9 2009
Location: Thomas Jefferson Park, Harlem

Governor Patteson receives the first copy of the map from Margaret Castillo

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted the national kickoff for AmeriCorps Week 2009. More than 1,300 AmeriCorps nd other National Service members as well as community volunteers from across New York State spent the day providing service to the residents of East Harlem. Volunteers from CultureNOW participated in the day-long Harlem community service project concentrated on greening, neighborhood beautification, and energy conservation.

They collaborated with the AIA New York Chapter in a design charrette at the Thomas Jefferson Park Recreation Center to explore ways to 'green the building'

The first pre-publication copies of the HarlemNOW map were given to many officials. Here Margaret Castillo, Vice President for Public Outreach at the AIA gives the first copy to Govenor Patterson.

A copy is given to New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito
Margaret Castillo AIA, Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito and Abby Suckle FAIA.
Margaret Castillo gives a copy of the map to Susan Stern, Chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.
Margaret Castillo AIA , the Director of Community Gardens New York Restoration Project and Abby Suckle FAIA.