The Green Guide to BK


You may want to call in sick on Friday to attend the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment’s third annual Green Brooklyn expo, a day-long event meant to encourage New Yorkers to make their lives a little more eco. The non-profit, known mostly for its tours through industrial zones like Newtown Creek, has added more hands-on presentations this year at Brooklyn Borough Hall, and invited 17 exhibitors to set up shop on the Plaza, like Brooklyn GreenBridge, who’ll be leading a worm composting demo from 2:45-3:30 (The first 20 attendees get a free bin and bag of worms!) The details are here:, along with the exhibitor list, which inspired us to compile a few green resources of our own. Hit reply if you have any other green tips — we’ll add them online.

Best place to refuel your biodiesel car: Fleet Alley behind Rice in Dumbo (81 Washington St. btwn York and Front, 718-222-9880). Owner David Selig retrofitted the local chain’s delivery van to run on Rice’s used vegetable oil, and as a community service allows others to fill up for free. Just call ahead to reserve your time at the pump.

glasses.jpgBest place to recycle your CD jewel cases, batteries, cell phones and ink cartridges: 3R Living (276L Fifth Ave. btwn Garfield and First, Park Slope, 718-832-0951,, where you can also pick up cool home goods like these glasses, made from beer bottles.

Two local harvest celebrations to mark on your calendar: Added Value’s 3rd Annual Red Hook Harvest Festival, 9am–5pm on the Red Hook Community Farm, Saturday, Oct. 20th, a family affair with food, music, pumpkin carving, and hands-on demos (590 Columbia St. at Beard St., And The Yard’s first Gowanus Harvest Festival, 3-9pm on Oct. 14th, which is upping the ante with pony rides, canal rides, local beer tasting… and a bonfire! Featuring organic food by Kelly Geary of Sweet Deliverance. (The Yard, 400 Carroll St. btwn Bond & Nevins,, tix $5)

The list — chock full of great tips — continues on our site, here:

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