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taleigh s
103 E.196th St
The Bronx (You can find us online or ask us to come to you.)
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Just like spring, each day Concrete Green sprouts new growth, often in unexpected places.

the project

We see a Bronx that captures rain to grow food on our roofs, captures sunlight to heat water, and sets urban trends for going green.  Our team can make these and your green dreams concrete.  If we can’t build it for you, we’ll find the closest, greenest business that can. 

We’re not just talented green infrastructure entrepreneurs.  We’re also committed to building urban solutions to climate change. 

We’re fundraising right now for bicycles and MTA cards so our travel will be carbon neutral.  Also for the development of our website.  Thanks for helping us make our green dreams concrete!


the steps

1. Identify local products & services we want to promote

2. Create webpage & catalog to feature products & services

3. Sign sales contracts with local businesses to promote green products & services

4. Outreach to the Bronx and beyond in person, through networks & on the web

5. Skills development: build team capacity to provide services ourselves

6. Product development: build & promote new products to address environmental needs

7. Integrate opportunities for training for other youth from Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice and Sistas & Brothas United 


why we're doing it

The Bronx is a community plagued with contamination and unemployment.  Our planet is facing a climate crisis of epic proportions.  We believe we can address these issues by promoting local businesses that have products and services that address environmental needs.  Our own understanding of our community means we can reach people in ways companies cannot.   Our understanding of our environment will de-mystify "going green" for people and businesses so they can easily access products and services that can help save the planet.

These services complement YMPJ's work to promote green infrastructure to save the Bronx River, and NWBCCC WAP energy-efficiency building retrofits.



MTA cards:
5 x $104 x 4 months = 2080

5 x $400 = 2,000

$ 1,000 to design & launch

Subtotal= $5080
3% 3rd party credit card processing fee = $152.4
ioby materials and labor = $35
Total Budget = $5267.4


Just like spring, each day Concrete Green sprouts new growth, often in unexpected places.


We blossomed yesterday at the NYC Green Festival  where the Jacob Javitz Center transformed into a green beehive; woven of hemp, eucalyptus, and compostable plastic; buzzing with philosophers, entrepreneurs and visionaries; fueled by fruit smoothies, greens and granola.

As thousands of earth lovers perused hundreds of vendors and wandered among five stages ,  Concrete Green took over a central stage to demonstrate “the next generation of weatherization.”

Andre Rivera, green infrastructure star from Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, simulated rain with a watering can over a model roof through a gutter that watered a plant below, while telling his story of saving the Bronx River from combined sewage overflow.

Taleigh Smith emcee’d the show and also built a vermiculture kitchen compost, inviting the audience to remember when they used to catch bugs in jars, and pointing out that if we compost  25% of our waste, we can reduce asthma triggers for our children even while creating rich soil for a garden.

It was also our first date with our first partner business, Pyropeg—a solar thermal panel designed by the genius Fernando Peguero, patriarch of a South Bronx family business with a recycling center.  Fernando and his sons, Marc and Marlon joined us on stage with their “solar demonstrator,” breaking down how sunlight can be used to create energy and heat water and celebrating the compounding environmental and economic value of local manufacturing.

A film crew submitting a documentary on sustainability to an international context filmed our demo, so stay tuned!

The other Concrete Green members: Elisabeth Ortega, Cesar Yoc & Mario Casasnovas will also have their three minutes of fame today at 3pm on Stage C when Omar Freilla, founder of our Greenworker Coop Academy, showcases the four coops in our cohort and breaks down how coops are a key to a sustainable future.

As if all of this weren’t enough, ioby is matching donations up to $22 for Earth Day.  So if you’re feeling the way we’re growing, give us a little more green so we can keep doing it!

We’ve got something for you too: extra tickets to the Green Festival today!  So come join us – just text your name & # of tickets you need to 646-379-7670


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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