Supporting Our Community & Career Development
Many EverGreene staff members strive to enrich the next generation of artists, craftspeople, and creative thinkers in the architectural arts field by sharing their trade, craft, and business knowledge. Our people take pride in teaching and sharing their skills and experience with students interested in our conservation, restoration, and design work. EverGreene’s passion for cultivating a community of creatives is evident in our offices. We are proud to be headquartered in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood (since 2017), joining other makers and businesses in the Industry City community, which serves as a constant inspiration.
We value local partnerships with industry organizations, educational opportunities, and community initiatives to showcase our purpose and process with those who care deeply about historic preservation. Here are just a few examples of initiatives our team has participated in over the last few years.
- Our team has repeatedly hosted local students to showcase career options with the non-profit organization Bottom Line, which partners with over 7,750 first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds to enter college, graduate, and successfully launch careers.
- Each semester we partake in the Northeastern University Co-Op Program by inviting an undergraduate student to work closely with our marketing team for 6 months. This opportunity affords them hands-on experience to explore or refine potential career paths, make valuable industry connections, and broaden their perspectives. They acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their anticipated profession—all while learning and growing outside the comfort zone of the classroom.
- Conservator Brooke Russell participated in her high school alumni program to introduce students to her career as a conservator and share her love of mixing art and science.
- EverGreene sponsors the Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program, an initiative with AIA|DC which seeks to develop a program to help train and nurture the next generation of leaders.
- DC-based conservator Sam Callanta was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, which provides a fully funded, week-long summer workshop in Los Angeles for 15 students designed to introduce them to conservation and other museum collections. The Diversity in Conservation Scholarship facilitates tours, activities, and presentations at the Getty Villa conservation labs and regional museums.
- Our Director of Conservation Kelly Caldwell delivered a virtual presentation titled “Conservation, Contracts & Construction” to students of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, her alma mater.
- Executive Chairman and Founder Jeff Greene currently serves as the Student Scholarships Committee Co-Chair of the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) Student Scholarships Committee, which oversees the granting of scholarships to students who have submitted outstanding abstracts for presentation at APT’s annual conference.
- We are proud to celebrate Women in Construction Week annually in March. Women make up 9.1% of the U.S. construction industry, while nearly a third of EverGreene’s current workforce is comprised of women.
- Members of our specialty finishes team participate in “Day of the Girl” with Marymount School of New York in collaboration with ICAA NY for a workshop to teach middle schoolers about the traditional trades through a gilding project exercise.
- Jeff Greene travelled to Willow Banks School of Restoration Arts in Canada to give their students a presentation and hands on demonstration of finishes analysis and faux marbling.
- The New York Landmarks Conservancy collaborated with EverGreene for a Young Professional members exclusive tour of EverGreene Architectural Arts’ studio in Industry City, led by Jeff Greene.
- In 2019, our team hand delivered art supplies to The Creative Center, an NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer and chronic illnesses for the holidays. This organization pioneers hospital artist-in-residence programs in more than 30 healthcare sites around NYC, hosting free-of-charge art workshops every day of the week.
- Our Marketing Director, Katherine DeMercurio, is a founding member of the NYC Chapter for Project Color Corps, whose purpose is to bring the power of color into communities. The organization celebrates exciting possibilities for students, schools, and communities in largely underserved neighborhoods around the country.
- Organized annually by our Director of Sacred Spaces, Emily Sottile, Project Valentine donates to women who have survived domestic abuse and are living in NYC Safe Horizon shelters.
- Our campus at Industry City offers opportunities throughout the year to support local community initiatives including blood drives, toy drives, and recycled technology drives.
- Participation as an ally with Construction Inclusion Week, in support of ‘Building a Foundation for Inclusion’ through an annual week-long effort in October to heighten the awareness and engagement of inclusion related activities with the goal of advancing inclusion throughout the construction industry.