Join us on Tuesday, April. 18th.
Where: Muchmore’s in Williamsburg (2 Havemeyer St. at N.9th St.)
Do you want to get involved with a North Brooklyn neighborhood group? Do you care about environmental issues? Join us for a drink! The presentations are purposefully short so that you’ll have plenty of time to grab a drink and talk directly with the experts and your neighbors.
NAG’s environmental happy hour is the third Tuesday of every even month and is hosted by NAG’s former environmental community organizer (and national plastic bag policy expert) Jennie Romer. This month’s happy hour will feature short (5 minute) presentations by:
– Mike Schade leads the national Mind the Store campaign, which is challenging the nation’s largest retailers like Amazon and Home Depot to eliminate toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products, from cosmetics to cleaning products. Learn more about the campaign:RetailerReportCard.org
– Sarah Womer, Riverkeeper’s Director of Community Engagement, will talk about “Riverkeeper Sweep.” On May 6, 2017, Riverkeeper will host it’s annual Sweep which cleans up litter along the Hudson and East River along hundreds of miles of shoreline from Brooklyn to Troy. Last year Sweep volunteers removed over 48 tons of debris, and plant or maintain 836 trees and native grasses. Come find out more and volunteer at a site in Brooklyn for this year’s Sweep.
– Nate Kolbeck, Cofounder & CEO at 3D Brooklyn, a Brooklyn-based design & 3D-printing studio will talk about the studio and local environmental projects including a bottle & can holder designed to hang in public spaces to facilitate informal public recycling collection. 3D Brooklyn focuses on helping beginners use this technology for the first time and are committed to keeping everything as green and sustainable as possible. In that vein, they produce and use their own line of recycled plastic material for 3D-printers.
– Ryan Kuonen, is a core member at Southside CSA. Southside CSA is a volunteer-run “community supported agriculture” (CSA) group that has a long history distributing in Southside Williamsburg and sources food from local farms. They distribute from the Woods. Our Summer harvest season runs from May – November on Mondays from 630-830pm. Come find out about signing up for a farm share and volunteering.
– Nicole De Feo from Java Street Community Garden in Greenpoint will give us the 411 on community gardening. Java Street’s plots are spoken for at the moment (they started their season back in Feb), but Nicole will speak to other ways folks can get involved and the types of regular events they host throughout the season–workdays, compost brewing, spring party, fall party, school groups, partnerships.
Other environmental experts that will be in attendance:
– Kate Mikuliak from NYC Department of Transportation – ask her about the agency’s strategic plan!
– Laura Rosenshine from Common Ground Compost – ask her about NAG’s restaurant sustainability programs, which includes a reusable takeout container pilot program!
– Rita Pasarell, NAG’s former Board Chair – ask her about NAG’s ToxiCity map and the NuHart Superfund site!
– Lisa Bloodgood from Newtown Creek Alliance will share about NCA’s upcoming meeting
– Adanna Roberts, Citizen Participation Specialist with the NY Department of Environmental Protection, with be available to talk about the Department’s programs
– Katherine Thompson from Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park will discuss the next phase of pushing for completion of Bushwick Inlet Park (Katherine is also a site leader for BIP for the Riverkeeper Sweep)
***Let us know if you’re an environmental/sustainability expert planning to attend and we’ll add you to this list!***
This time our happy hour will be followed by a benefit concert with cool local bands – stick around and enjoy the show with us:
Have a drink with us this Thursday!