“Community gardens are critical ecological infrastructure in cities providing an important link between people and urban nature. The documented benefits of community gardens include food production, recreational opportunities, and a wide number of social benefits such as improving community stability, reducing crime, and physical and mental health benefits. While much of the literature cites community gardens as providing environmental benefits for cities, there is little empirical evidence of these benefits. Here we examine the stormwater runoff benefits of community gardens by comparing two methods to estimate absorption rates of stormwater runoff in urban community gardens of New York City. The first method uses general land cover classes as determined by a land cover dataset; the second methods adds a land cover specific to community gardens — raised beds, typically used for food production. We find that in addition to the stormwater mitigation performed by pervious surfaces within a garden site, community gardens in New York City may be retaining an additional 12 million gallons (~45 million liters) of stormwater annually due to the widespread use of raised beds with compost as a soil amendment.”
November and December have been thrilling months for NRC students: Workforce 1 in-house mock interviews, workshops for enrollment into Kingsborough (via the CAT: the CUNY Assessment Test), CHW students leading Prevention Workshops to CEWD’s Project Rise students, and CA students assisting with Chefs for Impact, NRC students have been busy! With our support, NRC students have persisted through the program and really shown how they can shine.
CEWD programs (Project Rise, Northeast Resiliency Consortium) serve as pipelines to college enrollment, specifically enrollment at Kingsborough. Our programs provide educational training needed for college-level work, the opportunity to bank college credit, preparation for the CAT (CUNY Assessment Tests), and enrollment assistance when participants decide to move on to higher education. Pretty awesome, right? It gets even better:
Kingsborough just announced that the College has been recognized as Leader College—a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps—at Achieving the Dream. KCC has shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole. Upon hearing the news, KCC President Farley Herzek said that the college is “committed to helping students walk away with a sense of confidence and readiness for four-year study or for the workforce.”
After the holiday slump, job fairs and other job-related events (resume and cover letter writing, networking, and job searching) are kicking into higher gear. Take a look at job fairs and other job events happening through NYC for February 2015:
One of these months I’ll get back on a regular schedule for posting job fair information. As always, it might be a little late, but there are still plenty of job fairs coming up throughout the rest of January. Before you head out, though, check our tips on writing and editing your resume, building your professional social media presence, preparing for career fairs and interviews, and discovering relevant job-focused websites. Write your resume, polish your cover letter and start talking to people at these local events:
January 14, 2015, 12:30-2:00p—Job Searching Skills from Career Thinker @ the Grand Central Library, 135 E. 46th St, NYC
January 15, 2015 10:00a-2:00p—Job Fair NYC @ the Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th St, NYC
January 21, 2015 6:00-8:00p—NYC Job Fair: Sales, Business Development, Marketing @ the Radisson Martinique, 49 W. 32nd St, NYC
I bet you’ve taken a look at our workforce trainingprograms and thought to yourself “What could I do with a certificate in Culinary Arts?” or “What else can I do after becoming a Home Health Aide?” Well, don’t you worry. The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYC LMIS) has put together some great career maps that show possible projections for cooks, home health aides and medical assistants. Take a look at the career maps below, but also click on their corresponding links for more detailed information about those career fields.