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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Soil Safety Basics: Lead in Soils Workshop

When
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:30 pm to 7:30pm
Where
Zoom
Register in advance for link

Learn ways to safely play, garden, and live in areas with elevated soil lead levels. At this hourlong workshop we will outline best practices and…

COVID-19, Colonialism & Environmental (In)Justice

When
Thursday, October 8, 2020
4:00 pm to 5:00pm

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have galvanized people across the nation to take action towards a…

NYC Clean School Bus Coalition Launch

When
Monday, October 5, 2020
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

On Children’s Health Day, October 5th, join the virtual launch for the NYC School Bus coalition. NYC’s diesel school buses emit toxic air pollution that…

Earth Day Netflix Party

When
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where
TBD

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Join us at 8pm on Earth Day for a viewing of the sobering yet…

News & Media

21 Results
Photo courtesy Brooklyn Public Library

A Library Opens In Greenpoint: The Interview

October 27, 2020

The Greenpoint Library & Environmental Education Center of the Brooklyn Public Library opened its doors with a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, October 20, 2020! NBN’s…

Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Keep Ozone Standard

September 29, 2020

In August 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency, after a statutory review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for primary (health-based) and secondary (environment-based)…

ELI featured in Brooklyn Paper

September 17, 2020

Our new interactive environmental mapping tool, ELI, was featured in Brooklyn Paper. In the piece, NBN executive director Anthony Buissereth shared the purpose of the…

NBN #SaveOurCompost City Council Testimony

May 21, 2020

North Brooklyn Neighbors submitted testimony to the City Council in response to the FY2021 executive budget’s proposed cuts to the organic recycling program. Please find…