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NAG Happy Hour June 20th- Muchmores Williamsburg
June 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hi NAG Fam!
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.
Muchmores bar & venue
2 Havemeyer St (at N9th) in Williamsburg
Tuesday, June 20th 6:30-8:30pm
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, founder of plasticbaglaws.org) Jennie Romer. This month’s happy hour will feature short (5 minute) presentations by:
– Cheryl Kingan, Coffee Buyer for Cafe Grumpy, will discuss aspects of sustainability in the coffee supply chain. In addition to curating Cafe Grumpy’s seasonal coffee menu, she works with producers and exporters to help improve coffee quality and support community projects in Central America and East Africa.
– Saleen Shah, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Citizens Committee for New York City, will discuss how New Yorkers residing and working in the most underserved parts of the city get involved with the organization’s Neighborhood Grants program, through which community-based volunteer groups implement environmental projects and help improve quality of life. @citizensnyc
– Sam Silver, Education & Outreach Director at Sims Municipal Recycling (NYC’s contractor for all metal glass and plastic residential curbside recycling), will tell us exactly what happens to our curbside recycling (collection, sorting by material, sale as a commodity) and answer your questions about NYC’s waste/recycling systems and 0x30!
– Alessandro Ciari from Trash Free Waters will present about the status of NYC’s ban on EPS (aka Styrofoam) food service containers. The ban was adopted in 2013 then was caught up in a lawsuit by EPS manufacturers and now those same manufacturers are trying to block the ban again with a new City Council bill. Come learn about the saga of the NYC EPS ban and what local environmental and community groups are doing about it!
– Willis Elkins,Program Manager at Newtown Creek Alliance, will discuss the Newtown Creek Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan process and meetings. Find out how to get involved with the creek!
Other environmental experts that will be in attendance:
– Kate Mikuliak from NYC Department of Transportation – ask her about the agency’s strategic plan!
– Rita Pasarell, NAG’s former Board Chair – ask her about NAG’s ToxiCity map!
– Mike Schade leads the national Mind the Store campaign at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and is on NAG’s Board – ask him about the NuHart Superfund site!
***Let us know if you’re an environmental/
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth developed out of our neighborhood’s desire to recapture its waterfront, reduce local environmental hazards, and advocate for public policies promoting healthy mixed-use communities. We advocate with and for the people who live and work in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
Our approach to these issues is guided by the principle that our entire community is entitled to participate in decision-making and negotiation processes affecting our neighborhood, leadership of local mobilization efforts, and the design of a future vision for our community.
Current projects include our ToxiCity Map, advocating for the completion of Bushwick Inlet Park, organizing the community on the State Superfund Process for the NuHart site in Greenpoint, and transportation improvement campaigns.