For two years running the General Motors Foundation has donated $100,000 to aid the “Keeping it Green” program at New York City’s Central Park Conservancy. The Conservacy is designed to introduce the importance of preserving and caring for Central Park to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.
“The ‘Keeping it Green’ program is a wonderful way to offer unique learning experiences to New York students and families, while helping to maintain the beauty and integrity of Central Park,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Preserving this natural resource is incredibly important and we’re committed to helping students and communities gain respect for this and other important landmarks.”
More than 750 students visited the program last year, which gives educational environmental and horticultural information. Thanks to the renewed support from GM, the Conservancy will continue to offer “Keeping it Green” to school groups during the week plus weekend sessions for families beginning this fall.
Twenty teamGM Cares Volunteers from GM’s New York City offices completed a variety of tasks in the Park yesterday, which included the removal of invasive plant material, and painting benches on the Park’s east side.
“Thanks to the GM Foundation’s ongoing support, the Conservancy will continue to provide environmental stewardship opportunities to families and schools in the City’s greatest outdoor classroom – Central Park,” added president and CEO of Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator, Doug Blonsky. “Their partnership will help sustain Central Park as a one-of-a-kind, shared backyard to all New Yorkers.”