The Eastern Queens Alliance is a federation of civic associations in Southeast Queens that grew approximately thirty-plus years ago out of the germination of an idea that neighborhood organizations should unite to address issues and find solutions that cut across community boundaries within Southeast Queens. We strive to accomplish our mission each year through our annual Areas of Emphasis.
The communities presently served are Addisleigh Park, Brookville, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans, and Queens Village.
Since 2003, a major emphasis of the Alliance has been the preservation and restoration of wetlands in Idlewild Park Preserve and the establishment of the Idlewild Environmental Science Center through which environmental education is offered to children and families in the community. Environmental education is broadly conceived to include that which fosters true community sustainability. We, therefore, sponsor initiatives that cause community thinking and consideration of environmental justice, environment and community health, effective urban planning and land use, a clear definition of enforcement of fair-share rules, and in general, a healthy environment that ensures a high quality of life for the residents of its communities. All are components of that which constitutes community sustainability.
The preservation of open space and the prevention of further encroachment by airport-related intrusions and impacts on the community and its health, including airport-generated air and noise pollution and the possible health impacts, are integral parts of our sustainability efforts.
Over the years, EQA’s agenda has included other quality of life concerns such as violence prevention, education, community safety, and the preservation of the quality and character of our neighborhoods.
In all of these efforts, EQA reaches out to the community to identify specific problems, educate and heighten awareness, mobilize energies, and generate community engagement and involvement in developing solutions. To accomplish its goals and objectives, EQA works with other organizations–both public and private–and seeks the support of government agencies and elected officials where appropriate.