On Thursday March 26th, The Human Impacts Institute (Hii) met with Community Liaison Officer Rami Metal of the office ofCity Council Member Stephen Levin to discuss the organization, its mission and its current and future projects. Hii reached out to Council Member Levin’s office being that it represents the 33rd District of Brooklyn, an area which includes many of the neighborhoods where Hii’s has concentrated its programs. Council Member Levin also serves on the Education, Land Use and Environmental Protection Committees, and is a supporter of the Arts, all central focuses of Hii.
During the meeting, The Human Impacts Institute had the opportunity to present a number of its current programs, including its street tree care program–Growing Our Roots, its EcoPreneurs program- which promotes sustainable business practices, its Social Change Salons program- which brings together activists and artists to promote positive change, and its new Water Monitoring and Park Beautification Program in East River State Park.
In response, Mr. Metal shared several opportunities which Hii could pursue in support of these projects, as well as a number of potential new partnerships through which Hii could build and expand its work.
This was the fist such meeting with local Council Member officials. Hii plans to conduct further meetings with members of the Brooklyn government in order to continue its outreach to representatives of local New York communities at all levels.
by Arianne Donar, 2011 Environmental Education Intern