Green Guide 2008

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Fall is Brooklyn’s greenest season. To mark its return, we’ve recycled a few things from last year’s green guide, and added a few new items.

Events
Green Brooklyn: The largest eco-event in NYC returns Thursday with over 50 exhibitors like RePlayGround and seminars like green investing and solar installs. Last year we scored free worms and a compost bin. Brooklyn Borough Hall, 11:30-5, site>>

Park(ing) Day: Fifty impromptu parks will sprout up around the city this Friday, Sept. 19 as part of an international effort to make parking spaces public. In Brooklyn, Sustainable Flatbush blogger Anne Pope is inviting kids back to her Ditmas Park(ing) spot on Cortelyou and Argyle Roads, and has extended its scope to an art show at the adjacent public library. More locations here>>

East New York Farms! celebrates its 10-year anniversary of community and backyard gardening this Sat., Sept. 20, 9-5 with a street fair on New Lots Ave., between Hendrix and Jerome. site>>

Harvest Festivals: Added Value Community Farm throws its annual Red Hook Harvest Festival Oct. 18 (site>>), and Gowanus venue The Yard hosts its Harvest Fest on Oct. 11, with the Big Brooklyn Pig Roast and Harvest Hoedown the night before. site>>

Park Slope author Elizabeth Royte followed our obsession with bottled water from Poland Spring’s source in Maine to the nation’s landfills in “Bottlemania.” She reads from her book at the Old First Reformed Church, 7th Ave. and Carroll St., Park Slope, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7. site>>

Green Kids

The Brooklyn Children’s museum — whose LEED-certified renovation includes features like daylight sensors that monitor the electric light needed — reopens its doors this weekend and offers free admission Friday nights from Sept. 26-Oct. 24. site>>

If you’ve go city kids who think farmers live at the Greenmarket, get their hands dirty digging potatoes at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. site>>

Resources, Online and Off
For year-round conversations about green options in Brooklyn and beyond, check out Green Brooklyn, the recently revamped Sustainable Flatbush, and the one-year-old Reclaimed Home.

Brooklyn Green Drinks, a monthly mixer for enviro-minded Brooklyners, is holding their next session tomorrow, Sept. 17, 7-9 in Gowanus at the Center for the Urban Environment‘s sustainable HQ. They’ll be accepting compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), which contain a small amount of mercury, for recycling, too. site>>

Recycling
Find a home for your throwaway electronics, clothes, furniture and appliances through NYC Stuff Exchange. Its FAQ section has a list of similar orgs like Freecycle Brooklyn. site>>

In Park Slope, 3R Living recycles old cell phones, ink cartridges, batteries, and CD cases (site>>), Staples recycles ink cartridges (site>>), and the Food Coop takes all the plastics that New York City doesn’t. site>>

At Recycle-A-Bicycle in Dumbo, your old Schwinn could become some lucky kid’s new wheels. site>>

Notable Orgs Worth Your Support
The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s planned, 14-mile recreational path from Greenpoint to Sunset Park just grew by a half mile on Columbia St. from Atlantic to DeGraw. (One the Port Authority sets back its fences, it will look like the artist’s rendering above) site>>

The Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn lobbies for new parks like Bushwick Inlet, which could become the home of future Pool Parties. site>>

Biodiesel For Your Car
Like Fresh Direct, you could buy your biodiesel from Tri-State Biodiesel, which refines veggie oil locally, or you could fill up for free at Rice in Dumbo, where owner David Selig refuels his own delivery van with the restaurant’s used vegetable oil. He allows others to fill up as a community service; just call before you pump: 718-222-9880. site>>


Wind Power For Your Home

You can also have your electricity powered by green energy, which is what the owners of Brooklyn Brewery, Barcade and Gutter Bar do. Though it increased the latter two’s monthly bill by a third (the price shouldn’t go up more than a few dollars per month for residential customers), the bar and bowling alley are now run exclusively on upstate wind power — so you can enjoy their fine beers in good conscience. (Contact Con Ed to switch, or visit their site for a list of 100 ways to go green in your home>>).

Parking Day photo by Keka Marzagao. Greenway photo courtesy Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Gutter photo by The Real Janelle via Flickr. Sent by Nicole, Annaliese, and Chrysanthe.

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