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.


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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…


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Earth Day Netflix Party

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

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…

ELI Project Virtual Launch

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Zoom Webinar
Link TBD

Join us on Wednesday, May 6th for the launch of our mapping project ELI – Environmental Legacy & Improvements. For the past year, NBN –…

Environmental Justice & Health Working Group

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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…

News & Media

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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…

Comments Nassau Works MGP Site

May 11, 2020

In February 2020, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released a proposed remedial action plan (PRAP) for the Nassau Works MGP site located at the…

Response to City Cuts to Organics Recycling

April 28, 2020

The City is suspending curbside organics collection on May 4, 2020 for at least 14 months further dismantling its organics recycling efforts. We call on…

Comments on the National Grid Rate Case (19-01093)

April 20, 2020

North Brooklyn Neighbors submitted comments to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in opposition to National Grid’s proposed rate increase for customers in Brooklyn and Queens….