Arbor Day Confidential

Arbor Day Confidential

J. Sterling Morton and the Birth of America’s Tree-planting Holiday Not many things come to us from Nebraska, but  Arbor Day does. First celebrated in that tree-starved state in 1872, what we have come to embrace as our national tree-planting holiday was the work of journalist J. Sterling Morton, a flatlander from Detroit who, together…

Eco-Schools Journal: PS110

Eco-Schools Journal: PS110

Wiggly Worms Make Compost in Pre-K Classroom By Fran Agnone, Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Coach @PS 110 A pre-K classroom is a wiggly place. It is difficult to keep eighteen four-year olds focused on the same topic and nearly impossible to keep them from adjusting their bodies and shifting positions when gathered on a rug. Enter… Read More

The Greencycle Swap

The Greencycle Swap

A Marxist Perspective At the outset of his masterwork, Das Kapital, Marx famously noted that the wealth of capitalist societies appears as, “an immense collection of commodities;”  commodities being man-made creations that bear exchange-value when circulating in the marketplace. The act of consuming these commodities through monetary purchase discharges this value, releasing a currency of… Read More

Edible Trash

Edible Trash

Upcycling Food Waste as a Fact for the Future   Waste is only wasteful because it’s wasted.  So, if we can find a way to unwaste that which we currently throw away, it stands to reason it will no longer count as waste.  This is the premise behind a slew of new ventures, that look to… Read More

Eco-Schools Journal: P.S. 31

Eco-Schools Journal: P.S. 31

P.S. 31’s Earthship Communities By Alison Schuettinger, NWF/Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Coach @ PS 31, and PS 31 4th grade students As part of the Greenpoint Eco-School’s program, P.S. 31 is working towards integrating sustainability across disciplines. The art teacher, Ms. Owen and I recently collaborated on a Green STEAM based project for three 4th grade… Read More

Poet Tree

Poet Tree

Princeton Elm, 725 Leonard Street, Greenpoint by José Miguel López The snow had stopped falling a few hours before and the dripping water now punctuated the sound of my own steps on the wet sidewalk. The sparrow I had spotted on the treetop took flight as I approached the young tree. I checked the number… Read More

Box Street Park’s Future

Box Street Park’s Future

Boxed In: Will Playfields or Open Space define a New North Brooklyn Park? Encompassing a scant 2.8 acres, the proposed Box Street Park sits just to the west of the terminus of Franklin Street, where it runs asea at the mouth of Newtown Creek.  Currently a parking lot for the MTA surrounded by low-rise post-industrial… Read More

So You Wanna Join A Garden…

So You Wanna Join A Garden…

A Primer on Community Gardens for Spring I will tell you the first time I felt rich in New York City: it was the summer of 2017, and I was unemployed, on SNAP benefits, and facing financial desolation. But (you know, I’m all about that but), I had the keys to a community garden, and… Read More

Eco-Schools Gets Trashy

Eco-Schools Gets Trashy

One Person’s Trash Is Not Another Person’s Treasure By Fai Walker, Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Coach @ MS 126 During NYC schools’ mid-winter break, sixteen students from MS 126 in Greenpoint Brooklyn, two committed parents, and one very creative science teacher, Steven House, spent four days exploring the Eco-Schools Pathway to Sustainability, Consumption and Waste in… Read More

World Water Day and You

World Water Day and You

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner   The provenance of life on earth is water. This is a fact.   It is also a fact that – as populations explode, the planet warms, pollution compounds, and inequality accelerates – water is increasingly the focus… Read More