Topic

Environmental Justice & Health

The industrial history of Greenpoint and Williamsburg is bound to North Brooklyn's environmental challenges. Currently our work focuses on air quality, legacy toxins, toxic sites (like Superfunds & Brownfields), and trash & waste.

Projects

6 Results

Trash & Waste

Reducing Single-Use Plastic

As of March 1, 2020, plastic bags are banned at most stores in the state of New York. This regulation comes after years of advocacy…

Air Quality

Clean Buses for Healthy Niños

In New York City, more than 10,000 school buses provide transportation for almost 150,000 students, the majority of whom have disabilities. However, many of these…

Legacy Toxins

Strengthening Our Common Ground: Lead in Soil in Greenpoint

Elevated blood lead levels are serious health risks for children. In recent years, the city has worked to reduce the number of children with high…

Air Quality

Neighborhood Air Monitoring Initiative

North Brooklyn, particularly Williamsburg, has historically had some of the highest asthma rates in New York City. As a waste transfer hub, with the Brooklyn…

Toxic Sites

NuHart Superfund Site

In 2010, a former plastics manufacturing site in northern Greenpoint was classified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a Class 2…

Trash & Waste

Commercial Waste Zones

North Brooklyn is home to an outsized share of waste transfer stations and other waste infrastructure. Trucks transporting commercial waste currently drive all over NYC…

Events

26 Results

Environmental Justice & Health Working Group

When
Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where
240 Kent Avenue, 2nd fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

On Thursday, January 30th at 6:30pm at the GreenDesk Williamsburg the Environmental Justice & Health Working Group will bring neighbors together to develop community-based strategies…

Environmental Justice & Health Working Group Meeting

When
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where
29 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

On Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30pm at A/D/O the Environmental Justice & Health Working Group will bring neighbors together to develop community-based strategies to combat…

Rat Academy

When
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where
275 North 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

North Brooklyn has a rat problem. In partnership with the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene learn about safe and effective methods for rat…

Idle Ca$h: Combatting Truck Idling

When
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where
219 Conselyea Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Did you know it is illegal in NYC for truck engines to run while parked for more than 3 minutes or more than 1 minute in…

News & Media

15 Results

Composting in NYC

March 31, 2020

About one-third of what goes into the trash of New Yorkers is food scraps or yard waste, all of which can be diverted from the…

Comments on the Former Dutch Masters Paint and Varnish Co. Brownfield

March 30, 2020

In February 2020, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released a draft remedial action work plan (RAWP) for the Former Dutch Masters Paint and Varnish…

Comments on Newtown Creek Superfund OU2 Proposal

March 3, 2020

In late 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed plan which recommends no further action to reduce the volume of combined sewer…

Idling Diaries: Part 2

January 7, 2020

Lael Goodman, our environmental justice program manager, shares her experience reporting truck and bus idling in North Brooklyn via the city’s Idling Complaint System. After…