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
Friday, April 9, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:00pm
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…

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…

News & Media

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NBN Joins Coalition Supporting Improved Truck Standards

April 1, 2021

NBN joined with 29 partners – including Earthjustice, ALIGN, NYPLI, and NRDC, to submit comments to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation urging it to…

How-to Write Public Comments to DEC

February 2, 2021

North Brooklyn has many brownfields, contaminated sites that require remediation before being approved for use, and other sites that need environmental cleanup. The New York…

Global to Local: Environmental Justice Today

January 5, 2021

Environmental justice is finally becoming a more widely recognized area of concern locally, statewide, nationally and international. Here’s a look at some of things to…

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…