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Mara Gittleman, KCC Urban Farm Education Manager, Researches Stormwater Runoff in NYC

gittleman-farmCongratulations are in order for KCC Urban Farm Education Manager, Mara Gittleman. Her paper, Estimating stormwater runoff for community gardens in New York City was just published in the journal Urban Ecosystems!

“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.”

Read the entire article here:  Estimating stormwater runoff for community gardens in New York City.

 

NRC Fall Events

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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.

Check out NRC’s home page to learn more. Fill out an application if you’re ready to register.

Chefs for Impact

November 20, 2014 - New York, NY - The 2014 Chefs for Impact Dinner at Studio 450 in New York. Photo by Kristyn Ulanday

Last year, NRC Culinary Arts students participated in Chefs for Impact, a benefit where NYC chefs gathered raise funds to deliver e-Learning to rural Africa. They worked aside Chef Andrew Whitcomb from Colonie and Mark Henegan from Madiba, serving as Chef Assistants.

They’re doing it again this year, tomorrow, November 19th! Join me in congratulating our students for their hard work and dedication. Go NRC students and Chefs for Impact!

Photo by Kristyn Ulanday, Chefs for Impact

Kingsborough and Achieving the Dream

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:

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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.”

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KCC Urban Farm in the Community

IMG_1750Want to meet the farmers of KCC Urban Farm? Farm staff will be at two events in March:

March 21, 2015: Making Brooklyn Bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

March 28, 2015: NYCHA Goes Green (location to be announced)

Come talk with Farm Education Manager, Mara Gittleman, and Farm Manager, Silvia Torres, about what goes on at the farm from the students who help the farm runcontinuing education classesproduce distributions and culinary arts partnerships. We’ve got it all!

February Job Fairs NYC

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:

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

  • February 10, 2015 10:00-3:00p—New York Career Fair @ the Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th St, NYC
  • February 12, 2015 6:00-7:30—Get Your Resume Right @ Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett Street Staten Island, NY, 10302
  • February 13th, 2015 2:00-4:00—Get Your Resume Right @ St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue Staten Island, NY, 10301
  • February 17, 2015 6:00-7:30—Reinvent Your Career @ Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street New York, NY, 10016 
  • February 17, 2015 7:00-9:00p— Tech Meet Up @ the WeWork Soho Lounge, 177 Lafayette St New York, NY 10013
  • February 25, 2015 12:30-2:00p—Job Searching Skills , Seminar @ Grand Central Library, 135 E 46th St 2nd floor community room New York, NY 10017
  • February 25, 2015 6:00-9:00p— Business and Entrepreneur Networking @ American Whiskey, 247 West 30th Street (7 & 8 Ave),New York, NY 10001

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KCC Urban Farm is Hiring!

Are you a full time KCC student? Do you want to work at KCC Urban Farm? Now’s the time to get connected with us. Help with harvesting, propagation, composting, demonstrations and general site maintenance. Read the flyer below for more information. (If you can’t access the flyer, contact Farm Manager Silvia Torres for more info: silvia.torres@kbcc.cuny.edu)

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January Job Fairs NYC

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:

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/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
  • January 27, 2015 10:00-6:00—Mediabistro Job Fair @ the Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St, NYC
  • January 29, 2015 6:00-8:00p—NYC Tech Startup Job Fair @ the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx NYC
  • January 29, 2015 11:00-2:00—NYC Career Fair @ the Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th St, NYC

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Career Map

I bet you’ve taken a look at our workforce training programs 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.

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