For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Lisa King
Monday, April 7, 2014 (518) 402-8000


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications for the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards program, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizes and gives visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs.

Year after year, we see phenomenal, environmentally-beneficial innovations coming from entities and individuals from around the state, Commissioner Martens said. I encourage others to submit applications this year to showcase advances in a green technology and other ways to improve and protect the environment.

Eligible applicants include businesses of all sizes (i.e. manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality etc.); not-for-profit organizations and education, health care and recreational facilities. Individuals and local, state, federal or Indian Nation government agencies implementing innovative, sustainable actions or working in creative partnership to improve and protect New York’s environmental resources and contribute to a viable economy are also eligible.

DEC is especially interested in showcasing projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through: green infrastructure projects; initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cutting-edge pollution prevention technologies; initiatives to “green” businesses, farms, schools, recreational, health care and hospitality facilities; innovative wind, solar and biomass projects; creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts; energy efficiency improvements; innovative education and training programs; waste reduction and recycling efforts; manufacturing process improvements; creative approaches to urban forestry or farming and programs advancing “grown locally.”

Completed applications for the 2014 awards must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 9, 2014. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony held in early winter 2014. Winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

Over the past decade, previous award winners have helped improve New York’s environment through initiatives that have reduced more than 25,000 tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions; eliminated more than two million pounds of hazardous waste; reduced the use of heating oil or other petroleum products by at least one million gallons; saved at least 37 million kilowatt hours of electricity; reduced water consumption by more than 35 million gallons; captured at least six million gallons of stormwater; diverted 7,300 tons of waste from landfills; eliminated the use of at least 110,000 single-use plastic shopping bags; preserved more than 150,000 acres of open space and have involved thousands of students in environmental education activities.

Information about the award program and the 2014 application materials are available on the DEC website at ; by writing to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750; by calling DEC’s Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9469 or by e-mail [email protected].


Productive Landscapes in the Urban Environment – resources

Our half-day seminar on Productive Landscapes in the Urban Environment was a great success! Thank you to all of the speakers, moderators, volunteers and participants.

Thank you also to our generous sponsor, Bartlett Tree Experts

Here are the links that were presented or discussed at our 4 CEU’s + a Beer event on March 14

Download a copy of the handout

Photos from the event are currently posted on our Facebook page and will be posted on our website soon.


Session 1: Landscape Systems


Iain Kerr, SpurseAfter Nature: Thinking Urban Ecological Systems



Matthew Potteiger, SUNY ESF –  Eating Ecologies: Food Systems, Narratives, Networks, and Spaces

Greater Philadelphia Food System Study:


Robin Elmslie Osler, Grow StudioUrban Farming Food Chain

Grow Studio:


Session 2: Productive Landscapes


Kate Bakewell, Bio CitiesProductive Landscapes in the Urban Environments

Bio Cities:


Kubi AckermanThe Potential for Urban Agriculture in NYC

The Potential for Urban Agriculture in NYC:


Alec Baxt, FarmingupThe Potential for Rooftop Crops in NYC



Session 4: The Potential of Urban Agriculture in NYC


Gil Lopez, Smiling Hogshead RanchHarvesting the Urban Ecotones

Guerrilla garden on abandoned Long Island City train tracks to go legit:

Smiling Hogshead Ranch:


Yvi  McEvilly, NYRPA conservancy for open space in New York City’s undeserved neighborhoods

New York Restoration Project:


Rosamond Fletcher, Design Trust for Public SpaceFive Borough Farm: Integrating community farms in public parks

Five Borough Farm:


Session 4: Pollinators in the Urban Environment


Dr. Mark Moffett, Pollinator Partnership  – Pollinators around the world

Pollinator Partnership (be sure to download their planting guides by region!)


Andrew Cote, Beekeeper, Founder of Bees Without Borders & the NYC Beekeepers Association  – Urban Beekeeping in NYC

Andrew Cote The Next List video (part 1): (part 2):

NYC Beekeeper’s Association:


Heidi Theunissen, CookFox ArchitectsCookFox Apiary: A Case Study

CookFox Apiary:


ASLA-NY 2014 Design Award Winners Announced!

For immediate release

New York, February 21, 2014

Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984, [email protected]

ASLA New York Announces 2014 Design Award Winners

In the face of global climate change, catastrophic, ecosystem-altering superstorms and ever-evolving technology that is driving us to re-think the way we live, work and play, the field of landscape architecture continues to stand at the forefront of the planning, design and care of our natural and man-made environments.  Nothing epitomizes that better than this year’s recipients of the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter’s Annual Design Awards.  Five Honor and thirteen Merit awards were selected from 70 submissions judged by the Northern California Chapter of the ASLA.  The awards will be presented at the Award Ceremony and Reception to be held on April 3rd, at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Felicella ©2014

The re-imagining and rebirth of once-derelict and decrepit waterfront areas into spectacular parks that are simultaneously historic and modern, as well as, both user and eco-friendly, continued with an Honor Award being given to Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects for the design of the West Point Foundry Preserve (left photo). The Preserve features new trails that expand access and integrate ecological improvements, restorations and interpretive elements related to the rich history of the former industrial site.  Similarly, a Merit Award was given to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the design of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5.  This newly restored shipping pier features sports fields, play areas, and areas for fishing and picnicking along with several sustainable design elements including a green roof on the concession building, salvaged pier signs and picnic tables and benches made from salvaged wood.  Other prime examples of the transformation of industrial waterfront into resilient and sustainable public spaces for reflection and recreation were the Harlem River Promenade and Hallet’s Cove (image below), whose designs by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners were both given Merit Awards.

Image credit: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC ©2014

Away from the waterfront, a Merit Award was given to James Corner Field Operations for their design of Santa Monica, California’s Tongva Park.  What was essentially a parking lot was transformed into a stunning urban green space that features winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns and observation decks that stand 18 feet above ground.  A Merit Award was also given to Town and Gardens for the Rainlab at the Dalton School, a rooftop classroom that uses rainwater and other sustainable elements to provide an innovative way to integrate elements of motor skills, learning and pure play.  The other ­­awards are listed below.  All of the Award winning designs will be on display the Center for Architecture beginning April 3rd through the end of the month.


Following is a list of the Honor Awards:

Chelsea Cove, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Native Plant Garden, New York Botanical Garden

SIRR Coastal Protection Plan, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Southern Highlands Reserve, W Gary Smith Design

West Point Foundry Preserve, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.


Following is the list of the Merit Awards:

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

The Deconstructed Salt Marsh, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Gateway at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

Harlem River Promenade, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

Hallet’s Cove, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

Hudson Square Streetscape, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

Into the Woods, Nancy Owens Studio LLC

Midtown Manhattan Sky Garden, HMWhite Site Architects

Rainlab at Dalton School, Town & Gardens, Ltd.

Swingtones, Strafford, Supermass Studio Landscape Architecture, P.C.

Tongva Park & Ken Gensler Square, James Corner Field Operations

Reconstruct Forest Edge, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

Zones of Experience: Symbolism as a Master Planning Tool for St. John’s University,

Louis Fusco Landscape Architects




Landscape Architecture News Feb 12

How Landscape Architects Can Contract with GSA – FREE Webinar

FREE webinar!

How Landscape Architects Can Contract with GSA 

Thursday, February 6, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 

This webinar will be a tremendous opportunity to learn how to get in on the ground floor of some contracting opportunities specifically for LAs.

During this 45-minute session, ASLA members will hear from GSA’s National Design Director for Landscape Architecture, Christian Gabriel, ASLA, and GSA contracting specialist Joseph Imamura, ASLA, about how landscape architects can contract with the agency to work on upcoming federal projects. Specifically, you will learn about GSA’s Public Building Services program, the project delivery methods used by GSA, and how to navigate the agency’s procurement process. The webinar will also provide specific examples of federal projects, including award-winning projects that used the design services of landscape architects.

Register here! This Webinar is FREE



State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: January 10, 2014


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of former New York City Councilman James F. Gennaro as Deputy Commissioner for New York City Sustainability and Resiliency at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“This year, the State is reimagining New York for a new climate reality, building back better and more resilient after the major storms from the last few years,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am pleased to have Mr. Gennaro join our team at DEC where he will bring his many years of environmental experience to help protect and prepare New York City for extreme weather. Superstorm Sandy, which heavily impacted New York City, made clear that we have much to do to fortify the community for the future. Mr. Gennaro will be a valuable leader in those efforts, and I look forward to working with him.”

“Jim’s demonstrated passion for improving the environment and his leading role in shaping environmental policies to protect New Yorkers make him a natural fit for DEC,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “Jim’s breadth of experience will be put to good use as he works to ensure New York City is equipped to face future storm events. He will work directly with DEC’s partners at the newly created NYS Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies toward that goal.”

In his new role, Mr. Gennaro will further DEC’s efforts to prepare and make New York City more resilient to meet the challenges associated with climate change and to rebuild after recent storm events. Mr. Gennaro also will serve as DEC’s liaison to the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE). Governor Cuomo announced the creation of NYS RISE in November to provide scientific information to policymakers and stakeholders to use in developing comprehensive plans to better protect communities from extreme weather and natural disasters.

Mr. Gennaro served as a New York City Councilman from 2002 to 2013, representing portions of the Borough of Queens. He chaired the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection and authored environmental laws on such issues as reducing New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, reducing water and air pollution, creating climate change adaptation strategies, improving the City’s resiliency to major storms, restoring Jamaica Bay, increasing clean and reliable energy, and increasing brownfields cleanup. In addition, Mr. Gennaro served on New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Before representing the 24th district, Mr. Gennaro acted as an environmental policy analyst for the New York City Council for eleven years.

Mr. Gennaro has received numerous accolades and awards for his environmental leadership, including the 2013 Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Gennaro earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.



Additional news available at
New York State | Executive Chamber | [email protected] | 518.474.8418

2014 Urban Agriculture Conference – Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The Horticultural Society of New York presents the 4th Annual Urban Agriculture Conference (UAC), May 29 & 30, 2014.

We are inviting proposals for workshops in all areas of urban agriculture. Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

In order for urban farming to continue to be a viable solution to feeding a city, it must be productive. This year’s UAC will focus on the success stories. Who is producing large quantities of food? How are they doing it? How did they get there? What are their best practices?

Join us for a day of onsite workshops and demonstrations as we work to improve access to locally grown, fresh food in cities.

Click Here to Submit to the 2014 Urban Agriculture Conference