Greater Newark Conservancy


32 Prince St.
Newark, NJ 07103
County: Essex


Ms. Robin L. Dougherty

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For general operating support to improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities through education, urban greening and gardening, job training, and environmental justice programs.

Organization Background

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy is a non-profit environmental and horticultural agency whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities. Our focus is primarily directed toward the City of Newark and immediately surrounding environs. We strive to achieve our mission through the following four inter-connected programs: Education, Community Greening, Job Training and Environmental Justice. Most constituents served are low-income, disadvantaged African-Americans and Latinos.

Our Community Greening Program, launched in 1988, works with families, organizations and businesses throughout Newark to improve neighborhoods with community gardens, urban farms and street-side plantings. Our Education Program, established in 1989, has expanded across Newark and the surrounding region bringing interdisciplinary, hands-on environmental curricula to approximately 40 Newark schools and nearby school districts through field trips, Reverse Field Trips, Living Laboratories, and other programs. Our Job Training Program, founded in 1999, works with Newark high school youth, providing them with an introduction to the world of work. In 2009 the Conservancy launched a second component of the Job Training Program -- the Newark Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (now known as Clean & Green), which since that time has provided transitional job training to approximately 1,000 ex-offenders. Our Environmental Justice Program, founded in 1999, has largely focused on the Newark master planning process and other critical environmental issues.

Robin Dougherty has been Executive Director of the Conservancy since 2000. She is a former board member of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, a founding member and former two-term President of the Board of Trustees of EarthShare New Jersey, is a Leadership New Jersey Graduate-Class of 2004, and a 2007 Gustav Henningburg Fellow.

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