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GREENKEEPERS ARE KEEPING THE TRI-STATE AREA GREEN

DEC 31 2007
Special for THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
© Amir Bey, 2007
Elizabeth Ewell, the business manager of Greenkeepers discusses Greenkeepers's mission and how it operates.
Greenkeepers, is an organization whose mission is to maintain and improve the floral and arboreal conditions of the urban environments in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. THE NEW TIMES HOLLER! was granted interviews and a trip on one of their forays on Broadway in the Upper West Side not too long ago. Greenkeepers is associated with the sprawling non-profit Goddard Riverside Settlement House and Community Center, which sponsors a variety of community service programs, including housing, elderly, educational, job placement and after school programs. Greenkeepers's activities are independent of Goddard Riverside in many aspects, and much of their funds are raised through commissions gained through the services that they provide. Those services include planting and caring for existing plants in traffic islands, the planting and replacement of trees, for example. One of the benefits of Greenkeepers is the employment and training that crew members receive, that lead to their certification as horticulturists.

Leslie Ware, the senior crew leader of Greenkeepers explains the morning's task of the crew as they go out.
On a traffic island on Broadway on the Upper West Side, the Greenkeepers crew clears weeds, leaves, and rubbish from the area, as Leslie Ware talks about their work and the environment.
Leslie Ware discusses aspects of the environment as it relates to their mission.
Leslie Ware adds to information about the environmental needs of urban areas and how answering them benefits not only the environment.
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