Meet Sophie Plitt and Kathleen Martin

Meet Sophie Plitt and Kathleen Martin

(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…

Water Contamination Discussion in Greenpoint

Water Contamination Discussion in Greenpoint

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.

Neighborhood Heroes: Willis Elkins

Neighborhood Heroes: Willis Elkins

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: Greenpoint Area

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

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund

(Image Credit: Screenshot of GCEF Website) Sometimes tragedy can lead to a stronger community. Let us explain. Back in 2011, the state of New York received money from ExxonMobil as part of a settlement with the State over the infamous Greenpoint oil spill. The Attorney General’s Office and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) worked together… Read More

Let’s Go Green Brooklyn: Nice To Meet You, Greenpoint

Let’s Go Green Brooklyn: Nice To Meet You, Greenpoint

(Greenpoint mural near the India Street Fairy) We’re proud to announce, after 8 years of hosting the Go Green Greenpoint Festival, we are expanding with a year-round digital hub for all things eco.  We aim to provide Greenpointers with a central resource to organize all local environmental stories, events, and resources. We will share these resources… Read More