Monthly Archives: June 2016

NAGs Updates!

Hi NAG! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HAPPY HOUR! What a great night! Thank you to Eadaoin Quinn, Naama Tamir,  Adanna Roberts, Tatiana Morin, the NAG board and everyone that came out on Tuesday!  See you at the next one. With the summer in full swing, we have been busy here at NAG working on our various projects! In terms of Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint, Common Ground Compost has almost finalized all six restaurants initial waste audits!  So far, we are learning that there is a lot of potential […]

The Gunk Under Greenpoint – Environmental Forum on the Harmful Chemicals Lurking at the NuHart Toxic Waste Site

The NuHart Toxic Waste Site – Harmful Chemicals Lurking in Greenpoint. This event will be the fourth & final forum by Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP) in a series of panel discussions about the environment in Greenpoint. Thursday June 30 7:00-8:30pm McCarren Pool Community Room 776 Lorimer St BK NY 11222 Hidden beneath an old shuttered industrial factory in Greenpoint is an estimated 60,000 gallons of toxic chemicals, substances linked to reproductive harm including birth defects, learning and behavior problems, and asthma. The NuHart Plastics Superfund site is […]

Lead in Garden Soil Project Update and info

Hey NAG! In North Brooklyn, we are fortunate enough to be part of NYC’s water supply coming from the Catskill Mountains, which is highly regulated and protected.  Although our tap water comes from upstate, older piping sometimes leads to household lead in water.   Our groundwater, which has been polluted through various industry and oil spills, does not impact our drinking water because we do not consume our groundwater.  Thanks to public pressure, the city has recently stated they are going to test the water inevery public school for lead contamination.  This is a move […]

Food Loss? More Like Food Recovery!

Our Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint restaurant sustainability program is going well! We are analyzing data from our waste audits along with our Sustainability Best Practices questionnaire with the help and support of Common Ground Compost and Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants.   As we work with restaurants on their waste reduction,  we are finding less than 15% of restaurant waste actually needs to go to landfills! This is great news and we are working with commercial waste haulers to make sure organic and recyclables get redirected from landfills. What about food loss? Food […]

Where is our Metropolitan Bridge area Bike Route?

Hey NAG! The DOT (Dept of Transportation) presented a plan for a bike lane in 2015 for the Metropolitan Bridge area and no action has been taken. Our board chair, Rita Pasarell made a comment to Community Board 1 this week regarding this issue and asking for a vote and support. NAGBikeLaneCB1June14 (2) We need the community board to vote! Contact Community Board 1 and our local elected officials! At present, the area surrounding the Metropolitan Bridge lacks any bike lane, and on the Queens side, it contains a very sharp “blind” turn.  To make matters […]