Promoting Environmental Justice through Policies and Parks

Our Policy Work

SSBx’s Policy and Planning department is dedicated to fighting for policies that promote a healthier, more sustainable South Bronx. Led by Angela Tovar, our Urban Planner, this work includes participation in alliances such as the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance (SBRWA). The SBRWA campaigns for the removal of the Sheridan Expressway and for improvements to the area surrounding it. SSBx also works with the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods (OWN), a city-wide, community-based coalition addressing the environmental threat of truck-based solid waste transfer stations in New York City neighborhoods. Most recently, we’ve begun to participate with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a city-wide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice.

Our Work on the South Bronx Greenway

SSBx is helping improve the environment in the South Bronx by working with our community partner The Point CDC, as well as with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to build parks, waterfront green spaces and green streets throughout the Hunts Point and Port Morris areas of the South Bronx. Called the South Bronx Greenway, this network of waterfront and inland green streets links new and existing parks and will eventually include 1.5 miles of waterfront Greenway, 8.5 miles of inland green streets, and 12 acres of new waterfront open space. Read about the success of the Greenway in the New York Times.

Parks already opened along the Greenway include Hunts Point Riverside Park, Barretto Point Park and ­Hunts Point Landing.

SSBx is also dedicated to the upkeep and beauty of the existing Greenway. We employ a full-time Greenway Steward to keep the trees, shrubs and other components of the Greenway healthy and litter-free. We are therefore stewards of the process for implementing the Greenway and of the Greenway itself.

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