Tag: Green Info/Tips

Sustainable Flatbush Live – Weekend Updates

Sustainable Flatbush Weekend Updates Sunday, September 16 • 11am – 5pm  We are at the 36th Annual Flatbush Frolic

Newkirk Avenue Block Party!

Some months ago Sustainable Flatbush was approached by New York City Streets Renaissance to sponsor a Livable Streets Block Party here in the neighborhood (this request was likely inspired by our success with last year’s Park(ing) Day event). Two weeks from tomorrow, Saturday June 21st, […]

Recycle Your CFLs at Brooklyn Green Drinks!

I’ve received a number of inquiries lately from folks wondering where to recycle CFL bulbs locally (the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and shouldn’t be thrown out with the trash). This Wednesday the answer is at Brooklyn Green Drinks, hosted by Center for the Urban Environment at their beautiful new home, a showplace for green building practices.

Center for the Urban Environment

Here are the details, courtesy of the Green Drinks website:

Join us for BKLYN Green Drinks @ The (Brooklyn) Center for the Urban Environment located on 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Celebrate their exciting and innovative new headquarters as they become LEED-Certified Gold for Commercial Interiors by the US Green Building Council, the first of its kind in Brooklyn!

Founded in 1978, Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment is dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City. Creators of the Green Brooklyn conference and the Sustainable Business Network, the Center is a local leader in the field whose commitment to strengthening public education and developing more sustainable communities is rooted in the belief that creating a healthy and livable environment requires instilling an appreciation for and an understanding of the built and natural environments. Their wide range of programs address the needs of the city’s underserved communities with a diverse menu of hands-on educational offerings that develop an understanding of the interdependency of urban life with the local ecosystem, improving academic performance and instruction, and fostering environmental stewardship.

The folks at BCUE want to announce that they are also accepting
recycling on the premises that night:

• Alkaline batteries
• Inkjet/laser cartridges
• Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs)
• Technotrash, meaning: All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video
tape (i.e. VHS), audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes.
• Hard drives, Zip and Jazz drives, jump drives, etc.
• All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner.
• All types of pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
• All types of rechargeable batteries and their chargers
• All of the cords, cables, boards, chips, etc. attached to or removed from a computer.

Center for the Urban Environment, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (btw 2nd and 3rd Aves)
F train to 4th Ave or R train to 9th Street. Walk over 2 blocks north to 7th Street and 1 avenue west to 3rd Avenue

Wed 5/21, 7 pm – 9 pm

Cash bar (proceeds to benefit CUE)

Still thirsty? Bar Tano located at 457 3rd Ave and 9th Street will be open until 12 am.

(… Now, if we could only find a permanent place to recycle our CFLs…)

Stuff I like…

… and just had to share: Flatbush Gardener has a piece on Making Brooklyn Bloom, this Saturday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden… Streetsblog, Brooklyn Junction and Brooklyn Streets, Carroll Gardens on transit upgrades proposed in the recent State of the MTA address. Of particular interest […]

Check Our Calendar!

The Sustainable Flatbush calendar will now include “Recommended Green Events” happening all around NYC. Basically anything that makes me say “wow, I’d like to go to that!” will end up on the calendar, in case you’d like to go too and just hadn’t heard about […]

Support GreenMap!

Green Map logo

Our friends at Green Map System are involved in a fundraising challenge:

America’s Giving Challenge will award $50,000 prizes to the eight non-profits that receive the greatest number of unique $10 donations this month. Each donation must come from a different person and a different credit card to count. Anyone in the world can contribute, and all donations must be made at Green Map’s specific Challenge webpage. It’s tax-deductible, too! All donations of $10 (by 3PM, EST on January 31) or more will be used toward the great Green Maps, mapmaking resources, multi-lingual websites, tours and events that Green Map System creates to engage communities worldwide to chart a sustainable future.

Support locally-led Green Mapmaking projects that connect, engage and empower communities across the US and worldwide as they promote green living, nature, social and cultural resources and eco-education for all. Think Global, Map Local!

Over 300 GreenMaps have been published to date, promoting sustainable communities by connecting both residents and tourists to environmental resources all over the world (including Energy, Composting and Youth-oriented editions of New York City’s Green Apple Map series). Green Map Project is currently active in 400 cities, villages and neighborhoods in 50 countries! If you have ten bucks to spare, these are good people to support.

Go Green Brooklyn!

Local environmental blogger Ethan Oringel of Green Brooklyn was interviewed in yesterday’s Metro New York for an article called “Blogarithms: Going green, not just by recycling”. My favorite quote: If everybody used the term landfill instead of garbage, they would think twice before throwing things […]