Our logo incorporates the use of the claddagh to denote more than just a symbol of Irish heritage. The real significance behind the meaning of the claddagh are the values it represents, friendship, loyalty and love. It is in the spirit of these values in which the DSNY Emerald Society has chosen to set about its objectives. As members of the New York City Department of Sanitation we have included the caduceus with the red S and the D.S.N.Y. which identify us as a fraternal order within the N.Y.C. Department of Sanitation.
The mission of the DSNY Emerald Society is to foster a spirit of brotherhood and benevolence among its members; to inculcate in them a high sense of loyalty to one another and to their duties and their government; to stimulate their social, moral and intellectual advancement; to attain a greater degree of tolerance and understanding among themselves and between themselves and other employees of the New York City Department of Sanitation; to advance the welfare and interests of its members; to protect the rights and privileges and promote the economic welfare, insofar as possible, of its members as Civil Service Employees; to hold meetings, social gatherings and lectures for the better realization of these objectives.