Thursday, December 9, 2010

Biodiversity planning in NYC and PLANYC Plan

From: Marielle Anzelone

To: Marielle Anzelone

Sent: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 10:13 pm

Subject: Biodiversity & PlaNYC thru 12/31 only!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Biodiversity is now on the radar of both City Council and the Mayor’s Office. Our collective input can shape how biodiversity is addressed by New York City government in future.

Last month, I was privileged to give testimony before NYC Council regarding 4 bills on invasive species and sustainable landscapes:

I also had the pleasure of meeting with the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (responsible for PlaNYC). Biodiversity is a priority, but its inclusion is not a guarantee. They are open to suggestions only through December. *Revisions for PlaNYC 2.0 start in January!*

Please consider letting them know that NYC's nature is a crucial consideration by:

Attending one of the last 2 community meetings:

Eastern Queens:

Thursday, December 9th, 2010** tomorrow!

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bayside High School

32-24 Corporal Kennedy Street

South Brooklyn:

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

St. Michael’s RC Church, 352 42nd Street

Enter through auditorium on 43rd Street

2. Sign the petition and share your stories and photos about NYC nature here:

3. Text your idea to 917-791-3064 (the PLANYC mobile input unit) and fill in the blank “One idea to create a greener, greater New York City is to ____”

4. Share your comments and suggestions on my Huffington Post op-ed, “More Than Million Trees, Where is the Nature in PlaNYC?” Let me know what more we could be doing. What are biodiversity policy initiatives that you believe are working?

This is such an exciting opportunity! I hope we can make our voices heard.

Happy Holidays,



Mariellé Anzelone

Botanist & Native Plant Landscape Designer

T 646.244.9397



Executive Director & Founder

NYC Wildflower Week

4th annual - May 1-9, 2011