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November 2, 2016

[New York] – At the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter’s annual conference held on Friday, October 21, 2016 in Manhattan, Sandra Gerry and Sullivan Renaissance were presented with the “Andrew Haswell Green Award (formerly the Distinguished Service Award) to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the planning profession for a period of at least 15 years.

The APA New York Metro chapter represents some 1,400 practicing planners and other professionals involved in the planning and design of communities throughout the five boroughs of New York City and the Hudson Valley. Each year, the chapter bestows recognition on individuals, organizations and projects that exemplify the best of the region’s planning work. The awards encompass a variety of achievements and include recognition for projects in the private and public sectors, as well as community-based and civic advocacy initiatives.

Sullivan Renaissance was created in 2001 by Sandra Gerry as a beautification program that recognized the power of flowers to not only beautify, but foster community pride and volunteerism. “What started out as small grant program designed to help communities plant flowers and beautify their Main Streets, has blossomed into an organization that is an agent of change,” explained Gerry.  “Working at the grass roots level with volunteers and municipal officials, we help transform communities through planning and place making.”   This year alone, Sullivan Renaissance awarded nearly $500,000 in grants of various amounts to more than 50 community-based projects throughout Sullivan County.

Other award recipients included Michael Kwartler, who founded the Environmental Simulation Center (ESC) at the New School for Social Research, The East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, the East New York Industrial Business Zone Plan, and El Barrio’s “Artspace” project in East Harlem.

For more information, or to get involved contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit