The NEEC has four programs:
Community Outreach, Environmental Initiatives, Urban Growers and Community Food Network.
The Environmental Initiatives:
This program presents free workshops and training to educate the public about environmental issues, promote the protection of the environment, and create community level environmental education projects.
CRANE PARK ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT
- About Crane Park Demonstration Garden
- Crane Park Neighborhood History
- Definition of Demonstration Garden
- Why Native Plants
- Native Plant Inventory by Location
New Jersey Pollinator Pathways:
PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTERFLY TO LEARN ABOUT THE PROJECT AND TO REGISTER YOUR GARDEN
The Urban Growers:
The program sees the growth of community vegetable gardens as an effective strategy to make healthy organic produce accessible to low income families, ensuring that all the members of our community have access to fresh local foods. We educate, coach, and monitor the work of volunteers working with community gardens.
The Community Outreach Program is responsible for reaching out to environmental activists and community groups as well as building partnerships with other organizations, providing support for their work, and collaborating with their programs and agenda. Community Outreach provides educational support and micro-grants to create workshops, trainings, cultural activities and long-term projects.
Community Food Network: NEEC Free Little Pantry Project:
The Little Free Pantry movement is a grassroots crowdsourced solution to immediate local food need. Whether it’s a need for food or a need to give, mini pantries help feed neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods and building communities.
This project started in October 2020 as a initiative of our Community Outreach Program, inspired by the need for food for individuals and families during the pandemic crisis.
For additional information about the pantry project and locations, please follow this link: FREE LITTLE PANTRY PROJECT
We work at the community level with direct contact through local community leaders. We support their projects and provide training and workshops. We promote our agenda via social media, the internet, and local newspapers. Every year, we gather at our annual conference and have presentations on issues including urban farming, clean water and water sources protection, renewable energy, climate change, wildlife habitat, and environmental preservation and restoration.
We focus on northern New Jersey and have conducted activities in the communities of Paterson, Passaic, Ringwood, Totowa, Wayne, Clifton, Newark, Bloomfield, East Orange, Jersey City, and Montclair. Our webinars are covering Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland.