At the end of last month, Green Mountain Energy Company committed to donating $50,000 to New York City schools running a program called Grow to Learn NYC: Citywide School Gardens Initiative. The money will go to help build and maintain gardens for the schools in the Big Apple.
Marcel Van Ooyen, Director of GrowNYC said the company is thrilled about the opportunity to team up with Green Mountain Energy.
“Given the overwhelming response to our garden mini-grant program, Grow to Learn NYC is thrilled to have Green Mountain’s support to help bring this program to even more teachers and schools across the five boroughs,” Ooyen said on Green Mountain Energy’s website.
“Together we’re ensuring that New York City’s youth are literally growing a healthy future by teaching them how to improve their health and the environment.”
If citizens of Manhattan sign up with Green Mountain Energy, they can not only help themselves by looking for cheaper electricity rates but also helping the Grow to Learn program. It’s believed by some that Green Mountain customers have helped produce 25 million pounds of CO2 pollution.
GrowNYC is a program that’s goal is to improve the quality of the city’s environment and health for present and future generations with programs like Greenmarket farmers markets, the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, Open Space Greening, and hands-on education programs.
Grow to Learn, which began in 2010 for a partnership with GrowNYC to promote crating gardens in New York City’s public schools.