Eco-Schools Journal

Eco-Schools Journal

Litter Bugs and Lady Bugs at PS 31 By Alison Schuettinger, NWF Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Coach @ PS 31 P.S. 31 had its first ever student – based Earth Day Assembly where we celebrated all the sustainability focused work students are doing in and outside of the classroom at PS 31. We kicked off the…

CSA Cliff Notes

CSA Cliff Notes

Finding Your Way to Fresh and Sustainable By Emily Gallagher (This article originally appeared in the Greenpoint Star) With the nice weather and trees in blossom, it’s time to get excited for the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables! While this is a nice thought, if you shop at the average grocery store, it’s likely… Read More

Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay

An Urban Travelogue by Jamie Hook; Photos by Conrad Tomasaitis Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn in New York is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.  Dead Horse Bay is the gathered and the scattered; perfume bottles,old cans, dolls heads, comb teeth, broken… Read More

Why I Sweep

Why I Sweep

Reclaiming our waterfronts by Lisa Bloodgood (This article orignially appeared at Riverkeeper.org) Years ago — but not quite a decade — I remember writing an email to an anonymous email account at Riverkeeper asking how I could be involved in the advocacy work around the Hudson, even though I lived in North Brooklyn and my… Read More

Eco-Schools Journal: PS 31

Eco-Schools Journal: PS 31

Celebrating Sustainability w/PS 31 Teacher Sheri Sankner At the four Greenpoint Eco-Schools, sustainability is a team effort.  Behind every significant school environmental award, notable student achievement, or successful stewardship project are teams of dedicated individuals, family members, community partners, and−especially important−educators who know that environmental education plays a crucial role in our children’s future and… Read More

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… Read More

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