environmental awareness

Make Greenpoint Greener by Submitting a Project Proposal to GCEF!


Have you ever explored the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof? Paddled along with the North Brooklyn Boat Club? Relaxed in the Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park? Worked in the Java Street Community Garden? Then you know the power of GCEF Grants! Those are just a few of the 40 creative and impactful environmental improvement projects that have received funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

And your project could be next! GCEF is calling for grant proposals, and has $1.2 Million to award in grants ranging from $25,000 – $100,000. 

GCEF grants are Greenpoint specific, awarded to projects carried out within the bounds of the 11222 zip code, and the entirety of McCarren Park. The funding supports “projects that address community environmental improvement priorities, such as improving water quality, groundwater, open space, toxic pollution, and air quality.” Non-profit organizations, local government, academic and educational institutions are all welcome to apply, but individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible.

Think you’ve got the greenest project in Greenpoint? Click here for in depth information about submitting a grant application. Proposals are due 3/15/2018! 

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Who Sees the Trees? Greenpoint’s Citizen Pruners!

Emerald City. Photo by Lucie Levine
Emerald City. Photo by Lucie Levine

We might live in the concrete jungle, but according to this fantastic interactive tree map made by the New York City Parks department, Greenpoint is blessed with arboreal abundance. Our lovely neighborhood trees benefit from the care of volunteer environmental stewards, known as Citizen Pruners. 

Greenpointer Sarah Balistreri, the fabulous force behind the instagram account @wildgreenpoint, who helped conduct the tree census that informs the map, is a Citizen Pruner. After taking a tree identification course at the Brooklyn Brainery, which sparked a love of urban street trees, Sarah took the Trees New York Citizen Pruner course and became a licensed tree-hugger.

The Citizen Pruner course trains and certifies New Yorkers in “tree care, biology, identification and pruning.” Sarah explains that all of these skills and areas of knowledge are intertwined when it comes to properly caring for New York’s Trees, because knowing about a tree’s species, and the specific challenges that species has with weather or growth, helps inform how you prune it.

Trees New York is the only organization in the city that trains and certifies Citizen Pruners, and only certified Citizen Pruners can legally prune street trees in New York. Trees New York certifies about 200 Citizen Pruners every year, but Greenpoint residents are particularly lucky. Anyone who lives in zip code 11222 is eligible for the Greening Greenpoint Scholarship, and can take the course for just $15, thanks to funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund! Continue reading

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Go Green! Brooklyn Festival at McCarren Park (Sat, 6/4)!


This Saturday, June 4th (1-5PM) Go Green! Brooklyn Festival is taking over McCarren Park with a FREE celebration of the North Brooklyn Community and local environmental programs.  Park-goers can engage with and learn about sustainability initiatives while sampling local food, participating in live-action art projects, music performances, and more!

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Go Green! Greenpoint & Riverkeeper Sweep – Two Eco-Friendly Events This Saturday (5/11)

Aside from its namesake, there is not a more appropriate place than Greenpoint to have two huge environmental events on the very same day. A neighborhood victimized with a long history of environmental abuse, Greenpoint can be a beacon for environmental healing and awareness. Participate this weekend to promote a cleaner and healthier Greenpoint.

This Saturday’s (5/11/13) Go Green! Greenpoint Festival in McCarren Park from 11am-5pm, will feature ogranizations whose mission helps the environments, like eco-friendly, recycled, upcycled and organic products as well as services that promote Earth Day.

The day will also feature the 1st Brooklyn Science & Art Pop-Up Museum as well as a Greencycle Swap!

Saturday is also the 2nd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep in which over 1,000s volunteer to clean-up the shoreline. Three clean-up sites are in our own backyard. The Java St site is full, but you can still register for McCarren Park Clean-Up and Grand Ferry Park.

Aside from these events, here is a list of 10 Things to Do to Clean-Up Greenpoint.

Be Green, Greenpoint!

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