Saturday, February 19, 2011

Enviro. Photo Exhibit featuring 5th Graders!

Essie Green Galleries will be exhibiting the photographs of 18 fifth graders from Manhattan Country School in New York City and 12 fifth graders from Children's Hope India in Gujarat, India. The students participated in a 10-week sustainable photography exchange between New York and India. As part of their unit on sustainability, students collected and studied more than 200 pictures on how they use water, food, energy and plastic.

MCS' fifth grade class will be on hand to discuss the experience and what they've learned about natural resources and its availability internationally, nationally and domestically.

Sustainable Photography Exhibit
Saturday, March 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Essie Green Galleries , 419A Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

COMPOST Just Got Easier!

Hooray!!! Thanks to a pilot program operated by GrowNYC and with funding from the NYC Council and Speaker Quinn, starting MARCH 5, BK residents will be able to drop their compost off at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Borough Hall and McCarren Park.

Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Washington Park b/t DeKalb & Willoughby, Brooklyn
Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm
year-round, currently accepting scraps--hours expanding March 5 (see below)
Project managed by the Ft. Greene Compost Project since Oct 2005.

McCarren Park Greenmarket
Saturdays, 8am-2pm
Union Ave b/t Driggs & N 12th St

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Saturdays, 8am-4pm
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Ave, NW corner of Prospect Park

Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Saturdays, 8am-3pm
Washington Park b/t DeKalb & Willoughby
currently accepting scraps at this site from 8:30am-12pm--hours extend beginning March 5

Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Saturdays, 8am-5pm
Plaza at the intersection of Court & Montague

learn about what to drop here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Think Spring and Sharpen Your Gardening Skills

Sustainable Flatbush is hosting...

Spring is just around the corner!

Join us for a fun-filled & information-packed afternoon. Meet your neighbors and get your hands dirty. Come out for demonstrations and hands-on workshops on a variety of gardening and urban agriculture topics, including:

* gardening for kids
* starting seeds indoors
* growing mushrooms in your apartment
* vertical gardening
* composting with worms indoors
* how to join the Flatbush Farm Share CSA
* how to care for street trees
… and much more!

We will also have an information table featuring sustainability education opportunities specifically for youth.

Snacks and coffee will be available. Bring your own mug (BYOM)!

Sunday, February 27, 2011
2:00pm – 5:00 pm
Flatbush YMCA, 2nd floor activity room
1401 Flatbush Avenue (at Rogers Avenue)

$5 suggested donation. Space is limited, please pre-register HERE

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Design Your Own Gowanus

Connections: The Gowanus Lowline is design ideas competition for the Gowanus Canal area in Brooklyn, NY organized by Gowanus by Design (GbD) and sponsored by the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation. It invites open speculation on the value of urban development of post-industrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that either passively or actively engages with the Canal and the surrounding watershed.

One of GbD’s goals is to generate a discourse about urban issues that are currently relevant to the local community. The competition is designed to generate a spectrum of possible solutions and the jury will look for designers to explore their own design sensibilities while tackling complex urban challenges specific to the canal.

GbD is proud to present an internationally renowned jury of industry professionals and experts in the areas of architecture, sustainable design, landscape design and community development:

Julie Bargmann, Founding Principal, D.I.R.T. Studio
David J. Lewis, Principal, LTL Architects
Gregg Pasquarelli, Founding Principal, SHoP Architects
Richard Plunz, Director, Urban Design Lab, Columbia GSAPP
Andrew Simons, Chairman, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School of Design

Our organization proposes a new strategy going forward for the development of the Gowanus area, showcasing different options for the canal and including the many voices of canal stakeholders. GbD will propose projects that speculate upon the potential for what the canal can be and will track the coordination of clean-up and development efforts between the many city agencies whose decisions impact those of us who live and work near the canal.

learn more.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Citywide School Garden Initiative Launches is now the place to go if you're part of a NYC school interested in establishing, maintaining and programming a school garden. Spearheaded by GrowNYC and the Mayor's Fund along with several other partners, the initiative serves as a one-stop shop, making it easier for schools to get the info they need. Check it out!