NYCHA Releases 2.0 Waste Management Plan

NYCHA introduced a new Waste Management Plan that outlines 12 initiatives to make NYCHA developments visibly clean and pest free by 2025.  We supplemented the waste management plan by gathering feedback from 4,690 residents about their waste management practices and habits, through a grassroots outreach strategy with our partners at Green City Force.  Read about the residents’ recommendations in our report, “Trash Talk: Findings from Resident Waste Management Outreach,” which appears as an appendix to the Waste Management Plan. Congrats to the NYCHA team, and our colleagues at Arcadis, who authored the full NYCHA 2.0 Waste Management Plan.

The NYCHA 2.0 Waste Management Plan follows the spirit of NYCHA’s 2015 NextGeneration initiative, which was committed to improving the quality of life of residents through initiatives that improve safety, cleanliness, and health in NYCHA developments.


Staff News: We’re excited to welcome Jasmine Zaman to Public Works as our latest Analysts with the Client Services team.  Jasmine is a skilled budget and policy analyst with a deep interest in criminal justice policies.  She honed her analytical chops overseeing agency budgets at the City’s Office of Management & Budget and Department of Investigations. Read about Jasmine’s professional journey to Public Works, and what basketball team she’s rooting for (even though they didn’t make the playoffs this year).

Public Works CEO Speaks on Emerging Firms Panel: Celeste Frye spoke at the Emerging Firms in Planning event hosted by the APA NY Metro Chapter Urban Design Committee last month.  The event brought together representatives from emerging firms to discuss the challenges and opportunities for emerging firms in the New York City region. The super-sharp group of panelists included Megan Marini from 3×3 Design, Grace Lee from Insight Civil, and Erich Arcement from Erich Arcement Creative Consulting, Inc., and moderator Mia Scharphie of Build Yourself Workshop. The panelists discussed some of the challenges faced by emerging firms, such as competing with much larger firms, obtaining meaningful scope from prime contractors, and of course waiting for payments.


  • Celeste recommends this New York Times article that takes an inside look at the commercialization of art-based experiences.
  • Moe is learning how the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative is cultivating a vision of home-grown wealth that will stay in the borough.
  • Just in time for summer,  Mary Kathryn is scoping out the NYC beaches – one of the city’s greatest public assets.
  • Are you interested in project management? Jasmine is listening to “PM for the Masses” podcast that covers project management concepts and interviews professionals in the field. Take a listen here

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