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Channel One Gets Its Impact On

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This summer, Channel One’s been encouraging you to get your impact on. We’ve told you how to: raise money for your fave groupdonate your clothes, donate your hair and make a difference on the Fourth of July.

All this talk about connecting to causes got us thinking…maybe the best way to inspire you to make a difference in your community would be for us to take an active role in ours.

So that’s exactly what we did!

The Problem 

According to a 2011 study, over 19,000 tons of building materials are thrown out in New York City every day.

These materials clog landfills and release carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to harmful pollution, climate change and global warming.

The Solution

Build it Green! New York City (BIGNYC) is a nonprofit organization that salvages materials from buildings about to be demolished or remodeled in New York City.

What do they do with all the lumber, hardware, furniture, appliances, flooring, lighting and windows they collect? Sell them, of course – at drastically discounted prices – providing an economically logical and environmentally friendly alternative to the wasteful disposal of these materials.

Our Contribution

Last week, a team of Channel One volunteers spent a day helping out at BIGNYC’s reuse center in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Shelby’s group whipped doors into shape for sale, while Scott’s group sorted, mixed and labeled paint cans for the same purpose.

Check out a couple of more pictures of our Channel One volunteers in action below!

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Your Turn

Are you concerned about the environment?

Click on the following links to find out how you can get involved with BIGNYC or similar initiatives in other big cities, including the Rebuilding Exchange in Chicago, Building REsources in San Francisco and the Green Project in New Orleans.

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