Sanitation Coalition

The Sanitation Coalition is a member of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) an organization raising awareness about the impact of climate change on waterfront communities, which is also committed to enacting an effective recycling and waste management program that does not negatively impact any of our Environmental Justice Communities.

Almost 20 years ago groups from two complexes; Grant Houses with 1,940 units and Morningside Gardens with almost 1,000  apartments, formed the coalition in order to work on quality of life issues in our neighborhood together along with various neighborhood groups and block associations.

We decided correctly that “in unity there was strength.”  Since that time we have been a force in the community.

A few of our accomplishments are: working to make the elevated section of the #1 train more attractive and less noisy, getting empty lots cleaned up, working across property lines  to reduce rat infestations. Most importantly, we have given hands on recycling workshops all over the district. The most Herculean pilot project that we undertook was bringing recycling to Grant Houses, the only public housing development now that recycles above the city average.

Board of Directors

The Board of directors of The Sanitation Coalition is the governing body with input from a community organizer. The Board members are currently evenly divided among residents of Grant Houses and Morningside Gardens located across the street form Grant. As it happens, all are retired women who have lived for many years in the community. Because of the small size and grassroots nature of the organization, the Directors do most of the organizations’ work, volunteering their time, expertise and energy.  Since 2012 they have been part of a fellowship with Pratt institute, assigning a Pratt student as an intern for the Board annually.

Joan Levine Co-Chair

Sarah Martin Co-Chair

Martha Cain – Secretary

Marie LedouxRepresentative to OWN

Gloria AllenTreasurer

Joan MorfordRepresentative at Large

Tiana Leonard – Representative at Large

Catalina ParraRepresentative at Large (Pratt Fellow)

Cynthia Doty Community Organizer

 

The Morningside Heights/West Harlem Sanitation Coalition was formed in 1994 and became a Non-Profit organization 501(c) 3 in 2005.

The Sanitation Coalition is a member of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) an organization raising awareness about the impact of climate change on waterfront communities, which is also committed to enacting an effective recycling and waste management program that does not negatively impact any of our Environmental Justice Communities.