environmental conservation

Newtown Creek Alliance Partners with Greenpoint Students this School Year

Preparing the NCA curriculum, via Newtown Creek Alliance

Happy first day of school, Greenpoint! This year, the local conservationists at Newtown Creek Alliance are bringing the creek to the curriculum as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Greenpoint EcoSchools initiative.

NCA will pioneer its new STEM Urban Ecology curriculum in the four Greenpoint Public schools: PS 31, PS 34, PS 110, and MS 126. The learning modules and field trips, designed for elementary and middle school students, cover Flora and Fauna relationships, invasive and native species, topography, water and soil quality, ecological health and legacy and ongoing pollution sources.

Each lesson will culminate in a “design based applied learning project,” and NCA staff will serve as expert guides, leading classes through related activities and offering guest lecturers in the classroom.  Continue reading

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2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival Keeps Greenpoint Growing

On the green roof at the 2nd Annual Kingsland Wildflower Festival. Photo by Kate Truisi

Last Saturday, Kingsland Wildflowers (250 Kingsland Avenue) held its second annual Festival, an afternoon of food, drinks, music, family activities, bird watching, face painting, flowers and green roof tours, all free and open to the public. Local conservation groups including the GCEF, Newtown Creek Alliance and Open Space Alliance, shared information outside the Broadway Stages building that hosts Kingsland Wildflowers’ glorious green roofs, and up on the rooftops kids and adults gathered to enjoy the green space, and donned binoculars to enjoy the fabulous flora and excellent views.   Continue reading

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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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