Con Edison Media Relations
September 6, 2012
CON EDISON & TEENS SPREAD GREEN IN THE BRONX
Company Sponsors Jobs Program in Van Cortlandt Park
NEW YORK – Thirteen Bronx high school students are getting their hands dirty to make the Bronx healthier.
They also are earning college credits while beautifying one of the city's largest parks, courtesy of Con Edison.
The students pull weeds and plant Bronx-friendly species of plants in Van Cortlandt Park as part of the Green Jobs for Youth Program, an initiative of Con Edison and the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy.
Check out a video by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8Dy0V2iR8.
"Our work with the Conservancy and the Green Jobs for Youth Program is making this majestic park an even more inviting place for New Yorkers and tourists, while providing students with a hands-on lesson in horticulture," said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison's senior vice president for Public Affairs, "It's a great educational and environmental program, the kind Con Edison loves to support."
The students earn money, along with college credits, while working for New York City Parks Department forestry and horticulture experts and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy.
Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy assists the New York City Parks Department in caring for 1,146 acres of ridges and valleys in the Northwest Bronx. The Conservancy's mission is to sustain and enhance the park as a healthy destination for recreation, leisure and the enjoyment of natural landscapes.
Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison's 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region's vitality through their volunteer efforts and support education by utilizing the company's matching gifts program.