On Monday evening in the heart of Greenpoint, Town Square had the pleasure of unveiling our website, Go Green Brooklyn, a new online hub that organizes local environmental stories, events and resources into one dynamic platform. At the launch event at T.B.D. Brooklyn, Town Square Secretary & Go Green Brooklyn Hub Director Charlotte Binns,…
Archive for month: April 2016
(Image Credit: Greening Greenpoint Facebook | Kathleen is in the brown shirt & Sophie is in the floral print) As you walk around Greenpoint, you may notice new trees and flower bulbs along the sidewalks. While they provide something pretty to look at during your stroll, the trees and flowers actually help the environment by… Read More
Greenpoint residents and activists are having serious doubts about the new proposed aeration system for the city. The Department of Environmental Protection officials are trying to install a new $115-million system that will pump oxygen into the Greenpoint sludge way so the creek can meet state and federal water quality standards. But several fear the plan will dispense foul sewage fumes into the air.
The thought of tackling large-scale environmental issues can be daunting. You’re not alone. Sometimes, as it turns out, the best way to get started is in your own neighborhood. Meet Willis Elkins, the program manager at Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA). In green circles, he is the man to know when it comes to environmental efforts here in the North Brooklyn area. We had the chance to sit down with Willis over coffee a few days ago to learn more about what drives him to help Greenpoint.
Willis is tall, sports a well groomed beard, and has an unassuming demeanor. But get him talking about his work with NCA and it’s easy to understand how so much progress has been made with him at the helm of most of NCA’s cleanup programs. AND he’s active in the art community. But more on that later.
HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health. Their online mapping and social networking platform is designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, greater cities. Below is… Read More