Thursday, January 28, 2010

Earth Hour Returns!

We love Earth Hour. Such a great statement and a good excuse not to do the same old thing. Mark your calendars and prep your fingers to flick off the switch

March 27. 8:30pm local time. Earth Hour.

Looking to Lend a Hand Before the Blossoms Bloom?

we feel like slouches here at Brooklyn Green Team. Not a ton of stuff to do outside. When was the last time we volunteered?

Here's something we came across...

Contact Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill to help with one task: • Help survey the neighborhood to identify the tree pits to expand • Create a computer map of our urban forest to track our progress • Lobby for funding • Seek donations of tools and materials • Arrange staging areas • Prepare a notice to property owners • Distribute notices • Help coordinate the work

Learn More.

learn more about the initiative.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary this Saturday!

Brooklyn Green Team 2nd Anniversary Party
Co-Hosted by Brooklyn Green Drinks

Saturday, January 30
Bar Reis (375 5th Ave in Park Slope)

Local and/or organic drink specials. Silent Auction. 80S MUSIC all night long. Special Guest City Council member Brad Lander. $20 gift certificates to Green Apple Cleaners for all! DJ AT 11PM. screening of Green Team videos! $10 suggested cover.

Our party will celebrate the environment and your hard work on the eco-challenges. Proceeds benefit electronics recycling for the community. Meet resource providers: the Fort Greene Compost Project, Project LeafDrop and Council on the Environment of NYC.

Silent auction items generously donated by: 3rLiving, Green Apple Cleaners, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, yoga instructor Lindsay Sage, Dvir Salon, Council on the Environment of NYC, Green Team members and more!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Huh, we didn't know anything about this...

Our friends over at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shared with us their report that shows that just 1% of New York City's buildings, those burning the dirtiest grades of heating oil, are responsible for 87% of the city's heating oil soot pollution. Go ahead, check it out...

About 9,000 buildings, many in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, use this unrefined sludge. The Flatiron Building (5th Avenue and 23rd St.) and The Dakota (Central Park West at 72nd St.) are among a number of iconic structures that burn it.

Switching to No. 2 heating oil or natural gas can cut soot pollution by 95% and saves lives.

- The report can be found here (it's a PDF) -

- You can use this map to find out if your building is burning the dirty heating oil -

- And lastly, here is an action alert urging Mayor Bloomberg to support switching to cleaner burning fuels-

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Spring Ahead for the Bees!

The Honeybee Conservancy is hosting a fundraiser (affordable) to raise funds for a documentary called "Vanishing of the Bees," which examines colony collapse disorder.