The City Gardens Club of New York City Honors Queens Botanical Garden’s Susan Lacerte with Medal of Honor at Club’s Centennial Luncheon
New York, NY— On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, The City Gardens Club of New York City presented Susan Lacerte, Executive Director of Queens Botanical Garden, with its Medal of Honor at the Club’s Centennial Luncheon at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park. The historic medal is given to an individual or individuals in recognition of distinguished work and dedication in enhancing gardens, parks, and open space in New York City. Designed by the noted American sculptor Herbert Samuel Adams (1858-1945), the medal is accompanied by a framed certificate.
“Susan Lacerte is simply inspiring! Humble, smart and effective, she listens to people and responds, incorporating their wishes into a realized vision of beauty and responsible stewardship of natural resources,” said Catherine C. Crane, President of The City Gardens Club of New York City. “Her LEED Platinum Building and her programs and landscapes that attract over 200,000 annual visitors are testament to her vision and accomplishment. She builds bridges between people, between people and plants, and between the present and the future.”
Susan Lacerte has been Executive Director of Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) in Flushing, Queens, New York since July 1994. She is responsible for leading the transformation of a much-loved 39-acre garden in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the country into a model of cultural expression and sustainable design. Since the adoption in 1997 of a new vision for the Garden—to be the place where people, plants and cultures meet—she has worked with board, staff, and community members to develop programs and landscapes that speak to the diverse interests of over 200,000 annual visitors.
“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to lead hard-working staff, work with the wonderful board, and serve a thriving community for the past 24 years,” said Susan Lacerte, QBG Executive Director. “I am so honored to receive this award from the City Gardens Club for the work I love to do, at a Garden that touches the lives of so many.”
On Ms. Lacerte’s visionary watch, QBG built New York State’s first publicly funded LEED® Platinum building—and the facility is still a fine example of green construction. The project catapulted QBG to national recognition with numerous awards including Platinum certification by the US Green Buildings Council, AIA Top Ten Environmental Projects in the US, and an Environmental Protection Agency award. This project—its exhibits, the Garden’s programs and how it welcomes its community—led to the designation of QBG as one of the “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association.
In addition to her work at QBG, Ms. Lacerte is an Associate Professor at Farmingdale State College/State University of New York in Farmingdale, NY where she created and teaches a Public Garden Management course.
Ms. Lacerte has served on the board or steering committee of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), Flushing Y, Green Guerillas, Metro Hort Group, Coalition of Living Museums, Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), Museum Education Roundtable (MER); she has also served on the Museums & Diversity Advisory Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Recently, Ms. Lacerte chaired the Master Plan Subcommittee for Glenwood Lake Association, the inaugural master plan for this New Rochelle Park.
Ms. Lacerte earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut. She has worked for the New York City Council Finance Division, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Columbia University Press, among other organizations.
Ms. Lacerte also received The City Gardens Club’s Melville Award for demonstrating excellence in environmental education in 2012. She resides in New Rochelle with her husband; she is the proud mother of twins and an avid swimmer.
About Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and real-world applications of environmental stewardship. QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President, the New York City Council, State elected officials, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.
About The City Gardens Club of New York City
The City Gardens Club of New York City is an educational organization dedicated to the natural environment of New York City. Its programs are designed to foster an appreciation of nature,
especially among young people, and to encourage creation and preservation of green spaces throughout the city. Founded in 1918, The City Gardens Club is a small non-profit tax-exempt organization run by its member-volunteers.
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Top: Catherine C. Crane, The City Gardens Club of New York City President; Susan Lacerte; Susan Gooberman, CGCNYC Awards Committee Chair
Bottom Left: Susan and Mabel Law, Con Edison
Bottom Center and Right: Susan with QBG staff, board members, supporters, Board Chair Pauline Huang, and former Board Chair Frank Mirovsky