The Uni Project recently completed our 500th deployment in public space in New York City. (We’re celebrating with a group whale watch trip for all staff!)

So, I wouldn’t call us a big nonprofit, but we aren’t exactly small anymore. As we grow, Leslie and I feel strongly that our operation should lift up New Yorkers without harming the environment. Specifically, we think NYC-based nonprofits need to lead the fight against climate change, or we risk losing everything that we’ve worked so hard to achieve in this city.

To that end, the Uni Project set a goal to become a 100% climate neutral operation by the end of 2017. Sound impossible? A couple years ago, if you had told me the Uni Project would pass 500 deployments without batting an eye, I might have said impossible. 

Let’s see what’s possible in New York City.

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!