Monthly Archives: April 2016

Transform Don't Trash Commercial Waste Study is Out!

Here in NYC we have an issue with our waste. Since we’re the city that never sleeps, we are also the city that produces the most waste and recycles the least. Although the world looks to New York City as a leader in fashion, culture, business and more- we are far behind on our waste processing.  Residential waste is collected and processed by the city, while commercial waste is left to the 260 privet haulers (aka trucking) companies.  Transform Don’t Trash NYC is a coalition of some of the best […]

Local Environmental Fund Open House- April 30th

Are you overwhelmed with all the new, awesome community based environmental projects? It’s because Greenpoint was awarded $54 million through Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to support our local projects.  There are so many ways to get involved, learn and benefit from this opportunity.  Make sure you come out to GCEF’s open house event on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-12pm at the Polish National Home, 261 Driggs ave.  The purpose of this event is to plug the community into all the different projects going on!  If you want to check out the full list […]

Northern Brooklyn Transportation Public Meeting with DOT

Northern Brooklyn Transportation Public Meeting! Come on out! WHEN? May 12th and 16th at 6:30PM WHERE? Swinging 60’s Senior Center, 211 Ainslie st. There will be two public meetings hosted by the Department of Transportation to address traffic and transportation in the area!  DOT will use the study to look at travel needs and congestion from Newtown Creek to the north and east, Flushing Avenue and Broadway to the south and the East River to the west.     The study will focus on “demographics, land use and zoning, traffic, pedestrians […]

First Curb Your Litter Event of 2016- Success!

Thank you everyone that came out!  We had a great time all around Greenpoint picking up, sorting, and tracking trash!  With 85 volunteers cleaning up 40 blocks, who would have guessed it would be so fun? We even got to hear from Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna who spoke on community engagement and creative ways to be less wasteful.  People came from Greenpoint and beyond to participate.  Collecting 600 pounds of trash- there is still so much to do! So if you missed us last weekend- the next Clean Up […]

Lead in Soil project- Calling all Gardeners and Parents!!

As we start to clear out these April      showers and get ready for May flowers- we  are launching our new Lead in Garden Soil  Outreach project. Lead exposure is a huge problem  here in Northern Brooklyn.  Greenpoint has  one of the highest levels of lead  contamination in the city, and double the  childhood blood lead levels of any other neighborhood. This heavy, soft, malleable metal is dangerous and can affect almost every organ and system in the body. But before you freak out…  exposure to lead in the soil […]