Building on the topics we have discussed in class this week we were visited by Ms. Castro she did a research study the effect of the greening activities through GWQ. On the social-ecological resilience of the affected neighborhoods, through the analysis of the different types of social capital in the area. This research was aided by a story of possible environmental inequality. After The Western Queens & the power ‘blackout Which lasted 10 days in some parts and Affected approx. 174,000 people living in: Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Hunters Point & Astoria, Many people already dealing with he affects of a hurricane were out of power, and many felt that not enough was done to restore power to these neighborhoods. “Many businesses had already been forced to close, residents were throwing out rancid food, drivers were taking turns creeping through intersections with darkened traffic signals and many people were forced out of their homes to seek relief from the heat.” (New York Times, July 21, 2006) . Affected communities organized a citizen-action group called Power for the People, to claim compensation, and eventually got ConEdison agreed to give funding. It was decided that best use would be for energy efficiency and environmental projects. The people were not extremely sure how to allocate the money so North Star Fund was selected by the New York State Public Service Commission to manage the implementation of the funds. Greening Western Queens’ launched in 2009 . The total funding received was $7.9 million dollars. With a aFour-year project that includes new trees, greening projects, and citizen stewardship opportunities to affected neighborhoods.
Going into doing the research Ms. Castro had the question of “what are the elements that lead to an increase in the social-ecological resilience of urban low and middle-income communities? Her Hypothesis was, trees and greening activities have affected the way people relate to trees and green spaces (bonding), their relationship with each other as a community (bridging), and the community’s relationship with government and non-profit partners (linking).
After hearing the finding of her research I believe that greening activities can have effects on Social-Ecological resilience of urban low and middle-income communities, Because the more we educate each other closer we will be.
The presentation was very interesting to me because I felt like the story that was told was and extremely important message to the people who love in neighborhoods like this one. The message is that you can do something if you feel like you are being treated unfairly and that if we hold larger corporations more responsible for some of the problems they create a lot of good can come out it. Recently after the hurricane that hit my neighborhood in coney island pretty hard people were with out power some for over a month which is something that is unheard of, a lot of business never were able to open back up because of the lack of support from the city, from the story that Ms.castro told they probably could have done something about not being aided in the proper way.