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

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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

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Idle Ca$h: Combating Truck Idling

When
Thursday, April 2, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where
(will announce soon)

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…

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…

News & Media

12 Results

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…

North Brooklyn Bag Swap

January 3, 2020

Beginning March 1, 2020, plastic bags will be banned at most stores in New York State. To help ensure that Greenpoint and Williamsburg are prepared…

Idling Diaries: Part 1

December 17, 2019

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. I…

Commercial Waste Zones – Passed!

November 4, 2019

For years, NYC has been operating with a private waste carting system that many have likened to the Wild West. While garbage, recycling, and compost…