Love That Dirty Water

Love That Dirty Water

A Meet-and-Greet with Everyone’s Favorite Polluted Waterway In the dubious stakes of the polluted waterways Olympics, Newtown Creek just may take the gold. Bounding North Brooklyn, running four miles back from it’s fetid mouth on the East River roughly opposite the UN complex, Newtown Creek is often cited as the most polluted waterway in the…

Plants for Kindergarten

Plants for Kindergarten

School Impact Projects at P.S. 34 Brooklyn By 5th Grade Students: Imogen Sheenan, Ixchel Held-Villasenor and Madison Davis-Brown with the support of NWF Greenpoint Eco-Schools, Sustainability Coach: Tina Wong The 4th and 5th Graders at P.S. 34 are working on School Impact Projects in our Green STEM Class with Ms. Marshall.  A School Impact Project… Read More

TRASHED

TRASHED

Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection by Kiera Feldman Editors Note: This article was originally published by ProPublica, and is re-printed here with their permission.   Shortly before 5 a.m. on a recent November night, a garbage truck with a New York Yankees decal on the side sped through a red light on an empty… Read More

The Universe Under My Feet

The Universe Under My Feet

Greenpoint Eco-Schools Update, from MS126 “I never knew that there was a whole other universe right under my feet!“ eighth grader, Jessica Ayala exclaimed. A student at MS 126, Jessica and nine other students recently completed the eight-week Eco-Schools Green STEM Afterschool Club where they studied soil, compost, and soil microbiology. As a veteran Afterschool… Read More

Staying Warm Eco-Sustainably This Winter

Staying Warm Eco-Sustainably This Winter

The leaves have fallen, temperatures are frigid, and we’re bundled up in our heavy jackets. We’ve hit peak winter season and are curious as to how local residents and shop owners in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are keeping warm ~ eco-warm that is. Here’re a few tips from Frankie Guerrero, a local Greenpoint resident of 7… Read More

KidBlog Digest

KidBlog Digest

Checking In with the Sustainability Bloggers of P.S. 110 This fall at PS110K: The Monitor School, students spent Friday afternoons exploring the ideas of sustainability during Enrichment Classes. Eleven teachers took on exploring a topic that interested them. Matt Jensen, English as Second Language (ESL) teacher, led a class about the role that cats play… Read More

Fresh from Indonesia

Fresh from Indonesia

MOFAD Explores an Overlooked Cuisine that Feeds the Multitudes Indonesia, and its central island of Java, is the answer to many a great trivia question. What is the world’s fourth largest nation? Which nation on our planet speaks the most languages?  What country is home to the world’s largest Buddhist temple? Which country has the… Read More

Subterranean Library Blues

Subterranean Library Blues

An Update on Greenpoint’s New Library and Environmental Education Center Likely, you are aware that the Greenpoint Library is on hiatus. The iconic 1970s era building was closed at the end of June, and the building was dismantled shortly thereafter. Construction on the new library began this past fall, with an original opening date for… Read More

GCEF Redux

GCEF Redux

Greenpoint’s Dedicated Environmental Fund Re-opens for Further Funding. Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (“GCEF”) announced an additional $1.2 million in funding for Greenpoint last week. Having already dispersed some $16.8 million across 40 Greenpoint-based projects addressing environmental priorities enhancing open space; greening buildings, infrastructure, and neighborhoods; restoring the waterfront; and promoting environmental education and stewardship, GCEF is on… Read More

Suing for the Future

Suing for the Future

New York City goes after Big Oil for damages resulting from Climate Change When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city would divest its pension funds from fossil fuel companies, he quickly established New York  as a primary player at the forefront of global resistance to climate change.  Saying,… Read More