New York City Greenmarkets
Fried Frank has for many years represented GrowNYC (formerly known as the Council on the Environment of New York City), a non-profit environmental organization that reports to the Mayor’s Office. GrowNYC operates various environmental quality of life programs throughout the City. One of its best known programs is Greenmarket, which sponsors over 50 farmers markets throughout the five boroughs (including the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket). All Greenmarkets are subject to strict requirements concerning the local origin of all products sold. We recently represented Greenmarket in multi-party negotiations among Red Jacket Orchards (a family farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York) and four Brooklyn bodegas in connection with GrowNYC's Fresh Bodegas Project. The Project provides affordable fresh juice and produce to neighborhoods that lack access to affordable healthy foods. The Fresh Bodegas refrigerators feature exclusively farm fresh products in furtherance of GrowNYC's mission to provide the necessary infrastructure and building distributions chains to help people eat better, support small neighborhood businesses in New York City, and build new markets for New York's farmers.
Environmental partner Richard Schwartz is also a long-time member of GrowNYC’s board of directors.
Based in Washington, DC, Conservation International is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to apply innovations in science, economics and policy to protect the earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity. Fried Frank successfully represented Conservation International in its negotiation of an agreement to create a marine sanctuary in Belize. The sanctuary, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is located off the coast of Belize and will protect the world's only predictable gathering site for the world's largest fish, the whale shark.
The Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC)
The Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) is a privately funded citizens' organization working to encourage environmental awareness through several programs, including Greenmarket & New Farmer Development. Fried Frank lawyers successfully negotiated a license agreement for the Greenmarket program, which is engaged in the promotion of regional agriculture, ensuring that locally grown fresh produce is available to New Yorkers while creating a market for small local farmers to sell their produce and other products. Firm partner Richard Schwartz is honored to be a member of CENYC's board, and continues to supervise its efforts.