Climate Community Citizen of the Week – Eddie Maddalena!
Congratulations to Eddie Maddalena on becoming our third award winner. Eddie is from Brooklyn New Your, he is an Eagle Scout – and as a part of his Scouting efforts held an amazing event on environmental awareness – please read the following:
“To achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout, I must plan, develop, and give
leadership to others in a service project helpful to the community. For my
project, I plan to hold and coordinate an environmental awareness fair to
help bring attention to what many companies are doing to be eco-friendly and
what the community can do to help. I have organised many groups to come to
the fair including: BCUE, DEC, New York Loves Mountains, ConEd, The Climate
Project, HP’s recycling program, Tri-State Bio Diesel, Rainforest Relief and
the Pratt Center. The problem that I seek to address is the lack of
community knowledge about the environment and problems facing it.
By gathering together multiple groups (the list above is just preliminary)
as well as providing handouts that provide information about climate change,
environmental sustainability and what people in the community can do to
help; I plan to make information more readily available for members of the
community. It is my hope that by providing information as well as
initiatives for people to recycle (by providing people who come to my fair
with reusable bags) I will be making a difference in helping combat climate
change and making Brooklyn and my local community a more environmentally
friendly part of the world.
November 2008, I got my project approved and was allowed to start working on
it. From that point on I went out and tried to get city and state
organizations, companies and local activists to commit to coming down to my
project and setting up a table. Within the month of April, I plan to start
to make copies of the flier and have some of my volunteers to hand them out
to local businesses. Midway through April I will contact all groups that
said they will come and confirm with them they can still come. The entire
project culminates on May 9, 2009 with the fair taking place on the New
Utrecht Reformed Church front lawn from 11:30 to 2:30″
Eddie worked with our friends at ioby – www.ioby.org – please take a look at the great things they do.