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What’s Happening in the Park

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April 30, 2024 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Waste Reduction in Madison Square Park

April may have been Earth month, but sustainability efforts at Madison Square Park are part of our everyday operation.

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March 19, 2024 | Horticulture, Sustainability

Spring Garden Practices

Learn how we support biodiversity and maintain the health of our ecosystem here in the park by "cutting back" in the spring.

July 13, 2023 | Community, Sustainability

Plastic Free July

As we begin our campaign here in the park, our staff, partners, and volunteers will raise awareness about reducing single-use and other plastic waste by reusing, donating, and more.

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July 1, 2023 | Community, Sustainability

Have a Plastic Free Park Day this July!

Before your next park day, review these tips for reducing single-use waste, and challenge your friends, family, and co-workers to make every visit plastic-free. 

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February 7, 2023 | Sustainability

Emily Dickinson, Senior Sustainability Manager, Awarded Grant From Metro Hort Group

Hi, I’m Emily…. the Senior Sustainability Manager at Madison Square Park Conservancy. I help develop programming and online resources that encourage community members…

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January 4, 2023 | Ecology, Sustainability

Learning More About the Park’s Birds with NYC Audubon

Madison Square Park Conservancy is partnering with NYC Audubon for an exciting series of bird-related programs in the park in 2023.

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December 13, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

The Growth of Composting at Madison Square Park

Come learn more about the strides that the park's composting program has made in 2022 thanks to our parkgoers and GrowNYC.

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November 9, 2022 | Sustainability

Sustainably Managing the Park’s Leaves

Learn more about the importance of "leaving the leaves," and how they help support our gardens and local wildlife.

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October 25, 2022 | Ecology, Sustainability

Tracking Bats in Madison Square Park

Thanks to sound monitors installed in the park, we've been able to work with experts to identify which bat species have been in the area.

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October 5, 2022 | Ecology, Sustainability

Madison Square Park Added to the New York State Birding Trail

The Conservancy is excited to announce that Madison Square Park has been added to the New York State Birding Trail—a collection of the best birding sites across the state.

August 23, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Creating NYC’s First Green Dining Destination

We're proud to announce that we are partnering with the Flatiron NoMad Partnership, Green Restaurant Association, Scarpetta, and other local restaurants to help make the neighborhood NYC's first Green Dining Destination.

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July 20, 2022 | Ecology, Sustainability

Tracking Bee Movement in the Park

We're excited to be working with a Master's student at Columbia University on a research project that involves tracking bee movement in the park.

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July 11, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Your Questions Answered: Single-Use Items

We're answering your questions about single-use items and their impacts on the environment.

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July 5, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Plastic-Free July

As we kick off Plastic-Free July, we highlight our friends and neighbors at The New York EDITION for their efforts to reduce single-use plastics and promote sustainable change across the community.

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June 7, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Your Questions Answered: Donating Used Goods to Help the Environment

We're answering your questions about used items donations, and how donating or claiming used goods can help the environment.

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May 10, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Addressing Single-Use Waste at Lunchtime

Help us cut down on single-use waste when you stop for a meal in the park by visiting our Pollinator Picnic event on May 21, and learning more about how Re: Dish is helping reduce waste from to-go meals.

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May 3, 2022 | Ecology, Sustainability

2022 City Nature Challenge Recap

Recapping the 2022 City Nature Challenge, and taking an early look at the results of Madison Square Park's Greenspace Race.

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April 22, 2022 | Sustainability

Committing to Sustainability with Heather Chun

This Earth Day we're highlighting Heather Chun, Co-Chair of Madison Square Park’s Sustainability Committee, for her work organizing, mobilizing, and advancing local climate solutions.

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April 4, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Your Recycling Questions Answered: Part Two

We are back to clarify some additional questions regarding the recycling process, in order to make the process easier to understand.

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March 28, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Waste Management Initiative Launch Event

United Nations International School students helped us kick off our waste management initiative with a pop-up event in the park. Learn more about how they helped us reach out to parkgoers about reducing waste.

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March 22, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Working to Reduce Waste

We're taking steps to cut down on the roughly 18,000 pounds of waste collected in the park each month.

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March 15, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Your Recycling Questions Answered: Part One

Madison Square Park collects hundreds of pounds of recycling every week. But in NYC, only half of recyclables end up at recycling facilities. We're answering your questions about recycling to make the process easier.

February 22, 2022 | Sustainability

Ecology at Madison Square Park

Many people flock to Madison Square Park to experience the lush greenspace and take a respite from city life. But the park isn’t just a backyard and playspace for…

February 15, 2022 | Ecology, Sustainability

Calling All Birders!

Since the pandemic began, birding has become an increasingly popular hobby for many New Yorkers. Birding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature. …

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January 31, 2022 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Your Composting Questions Answered

Did you know that over one-third of NYC’s residential waste is compostable?One of the most important things we can do to protect the environment and benefit our…

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December 14, 2021 | Sustainability

Winter is Here Again. Where Are the Animals?

Despite the holiday lights and decorations, New York City winters can sometimes feel dark and dull. One of the reasons for this is due to a lack of colorful blooms. …

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October 25, 2021 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Composting 101

It’s safe to say that New Yorkers love food, but as a city, we waste a lot of it! In fact, food makes up nearly 18% of all waste collected in the city. As a popular…

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September 20, 2021 | Sustainability

The UN Climate Report Released: What it Means for Our Park

In August 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Sixth Assessment Report. In this report, hundreds of scientists confirm…

September 7, 2021 | Sustainability

Become a Citizen Scientist

The park’s delicate ecosystem is rapidly changing. With the help of our community, we can monitor how these changes impact the species living in our park.  In recent…

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July 19, 2021 | Sustainability

It’s National Moth Week

It’s National Moth Week! This annual event happens at the end of July each year celebrating the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of these creatures.   Moths are…

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