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Colette P
Livonia & Williams
(East New York)
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Project success!

the project

Charging the Gardens! will bring solar powered electricity to four community gardens.  Community residents will be trained to maintain and install these systems as well as support the ongoing gardening. 

East New York, Brooklyn is home to over 50 community gardens, lovingly kept up by community residents.  These spaces help mitigate the heat island affect in this densely populated community, where many people do not have air conditioning.  They also provide fresh air and safe places for people to hold socially distant events.  But these gardens are always in need of additional workers, especially because many of the most dedicated gardeners are seniors.  The infrastructure of the spaces needs improvements and funds are often hard to come by. Our project, Charging the Gardens!, will bring solar powered electricity to four community gardens.  Whereas the gardens know have to rely either on running extension cords from  houses to power their lawnmowers and other tools or use fuel burning generators, the solar powered generators will provide clean, renewable electricity right in the gardens.   In addition to powering tools, the generators will enable evening programs with sound, lights and even  movie projection, allowing for additional participation by community members.

the steps

Week one and Two: Four green champions will receive training in renewable energy.  They will visit gardens and study where to best place panels.

Week Three: In partnership with garden groups green champions will support maintenance of spaces.

Week Four: Solar powered systems will be installed.


why we're doing it

East New York is an economically and environmentally disadvantaged community.  There are many industrial spaces and warehouses, it is a transit hub for trucks, and waste transfer stations resulting in poor air quality and very high rates of asthma.  Housing is crowded; the many NYCHA projects have ongoing environmental issues, including mold and lead paint.  Community residents are in need of more job development opportunities, especially in the developing green economy.

Charging the Gardens! will support a community based strength, the gardens; teach new skills to community residents and kick start East New York's participation in the Green Economy.



TOTAL RAISED = $5,800.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $87.00

solar panels & generators $3464

interns $1836

Printing/refreshments $250




Solar panels & generators  for four gardens $5,000

Green champion stipends $6,800 (four interns 25 hours/week, four weeks)

Supplies $2200 (gloves, rakes, brooms, uniforms)

Printing $1000 (informational brochures and signage)


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


Project success!

This summer with the funding through this project and additional support from private and public funds, we installed solar microgrids in five community gardens in East New York.  Professor Brett Sims taught interns the basics of renewable energy and the students then installed panels on the roofs of four existing structures and in one garden built a ground based system.  All gardens received a generator to connect to the solar panels and now have sustainable, safe electricity to use for programs, enhancing the hours the gardens are available to the community.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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