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For the month of April, BPN Gives Back celebrated the earth and the environment. The environment makes up our surroundings and affects our ability to live-the air we breathe, the water that covers the earth’s surface, the plants and animals around us, and much more. In recent years, scientists have been carefully examining the ways that people affect the environment. They have found that we are causing air pollution, deforestation, acid rain, and other problems that are dangerous to both the earth and ourselves. Small changes throughout our office and within our local community in NYC can have a real impact on our overall environment.  


As a team, we took part in New York Cares Spring Day Cleanup on April 18th. New York Cares Spring Day is just one day, but the work we did and the money we raised will affect New Yorkers all year long. We joined more than 4,000 volunteers to help cleanup 70 New York City parks and gardens. BPN Gives Back was placed at Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY. Roughly 30 minutes outside of Manhattan, we took a bus from downtown and started our adventure. Once we arrived, the NY Cares site captain gave us some background on the park and explained the tasks we would be completing. Our team was assigned to cleaning out Tree Swallow nesting boxes with a local Hunter College professor as well painting and preparing kites for a festival held the following day. At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. Formerly the world’s largest landfill, this enormous park will one day hold a variety of public spaces and facilities, including playgrounds, athletic fields, kayak launches, horseback riding trails, large-scale art installations, and much more.  The park is being built, and is scheduled to be opened in phases, through 2036.


At the end of the day, BPN was very grateful to be able to take part in the NY Cares Spring Day Cleanup. Getting out of the city for a few hours and lending a hand to Freshkills Park and its staff was a great opportunity. Hopefully this will be the first of many cleanups BPN employees take part!