Related News

to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices

This page gives a small sampling of RI news related to the Six SDG Transformations and the goals of Engaged RI. Since the arrival COVID-19 in our world and in NYC, we have seen so many examples of Island-wide collaborative actions to promote health & well-being as well as inclusive, equitable, sustainable living in our neighborhood.

Islanders and elected officials have stepped up in advocacy for neighbors and staff at Coler Rehabilitation Nursing Care facility. Islanders have actively served seniors and other families with meals and now provide weekly food pantries. Young Islanders have organized peaceful protests in support of Black Lives Matter. On Roosevelt Island, many people have found creative ways to be kind, to appreciate first responders, to be outside more, and to keep community alive. We have seen the local power of solidarity and kindness time and time again in recent months. .

Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Drop Off Site is Back In Service as of 09-12-2020

Compost Every Saturday at the Farmer's Market with Masks and Social Distancing

Check out the great collaboration news! Thanks to tireless local volunteers, and our city and state, we are still composting. Read more here at Roosevelt Islander and on instagram @hakicompost and @bigreuse

Virtual Town Hall with RI community

Tuesday, July14, 7:00 p.m.

AM Rebecca Seawright & Shelton Haynes, (new CEO and Acting Director of RIOC)

Find out more about the RI shorelines requests and planned projects along the sea wall near Southpoint Park.


Environmental Justice Webinar

Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Call where experts spoke about the intersections of race and economics with environmental practices, conservation of nature, sustainable living and NYC climate actions.

Roosevelt Islanders Join Campaign for Composting in NYC

During April, May, and June, the Covid-19 Pandemic brought so many changes to our world. One loss to our city , our neighborhoods, and our natural world was the closing of the Food Scrap Drop Off Programs of NYC Compost and Grow to Learn. Many Roosevelt Island groups and residents joined in actively reaching out to our City Council Members as they were faced with budget planning decisions in late June. Read the statement here on the results of the final budget decisions. (Not 7 M but 2.8 M was restored for organic waste collection and processing.) Check out this website for complete news and @saveourcompost on instagram.

OMG How Will I Survive the Plastic Bag Ban

Rivercross Art Exhibit by Karen Lee on Saturday February 29th, 2020

RIRA's Children, Youth & Education Committee with Environmental Heroes from the Beacon Program

Reusable Bag

Give Away

Wednesday Feb. 26th

3:30 p.m. at FoodTown

An exciting, short event at Food Town prior to the NY Plastic Bags Ban. Students essays, speeches from Borough President Gale Brewer's office, Council Member Ben Kallos’ office, and RIOC’s President Susan Rosenthal, then free reusable shopping bags given away to prep for March 1st and beyond.

RIOC Announces

An Invitation to Speak Up

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Invites Residents to Help Create a Vision for the Lighthouse Park Expansion

Lighthouse Workshop and Survey (1/8/2020): Let your voice be heard! Free tickets are still available to attend our Lighthouse Park Workshop on Wednesday, January 8th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Good Shepherd Community Center, Upper Level. Don’t forget to take the survey, too.

For more information on this event, visit the RIOC website by clicking here:

Please click here and complete the survey.

Support the NYPL Program

on Rikers Island

Seeking blank holiday cards with envelopes for the NYPL Library Program on Rikers Island. All denominations needed! Your donations will allow incarcerated patrons to write home for the holidays. Buy a box or donate unused cards you have lying around! All cards can be dropped off at the

Roosevelt Island Library at 524 Main Street anytime before December 19th.

Donated coats accepted at the Public Safety Department

550 Main Street

24 hours a day

November 13-December 27

RIOC's Public Safety Department annually hosts the New York Cares Coat Drive, an event that supports sustainable actions for a kinder, cleaner world. Look through closets for clean, gently used coats you are no longer using and bring them to Public Safety on Main Street.