I LOVE NEW YORK is pleased to announce the 2011 winner of the Greenest NYer title, Erik Baard. Erik was honored today at Escapemaker.com’s Green Getaways Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, NY.
In the coming weeks, please keep an eye out for a personal message from Erik as well as many more posts to come!
Here is a bit about Erik, pulled from his contest submission:
“I’m a native New Yorker, the grandchild of immigrants, and I love New York. One of my greatest joys is exploring my home’s natural splendor and food heritages, and finding ways to preserve and share those gifts as a volunteer.
I founded the LIC Community Boathouse, which provides free paddle tours on the East River to thousands of people, arranges beach cleanups, and advocates for marine ecology. I also started what grew into City of Water Day, our harbor’s biggest annual gathering of paddlers, rowers, and conservationists. To promote local eco-tourism, I conceived of the MetroBoat and worked with the MTA and Folbot to execute it.
Where I can’t kayak, I bike. I’m a founding member of the Queens Volunteer Committee of Transportation Alternatives. Each year I marshal several public rides and work continually with the committee to improve transit, bike, and pedestrian options. I also founded the Newtown Pippin Restoration and Celebration, which donates hundreds of heirloom apple saplings (especially NY varieties) to public spaces throughout NYC each year. We’re also working with UN diplomats to save the ancestral Kazakh apple forest.
As a writer, I advocate for NY’s environment through my Nature Calendar blog, professional articles, and pro bono contributions. Another aspect of my green work has been professional management, overseeing programs, grants, and volunteers for Earth Day New York and Citizens Committee for NYC. I’d be grateful to augment my happy work as the Greenest New Yorker!”
We are very happy and proud to welcome Erik as Ambassador to the Green Heart NY program, and though Kaity’s enthusiasm and passion will be missed, we believe Erik will succesfully fill the big shoes she leaves behind!