Saturday, December 22, 2007

Textile Recycling Comes to Brooklyn!

The textile recycling program at the Union Square Greenmarket has been so successful that the Council on the Environment of NYC and Goodwill are bringing it to Brooklyn. Drop off your unwanted clothing, linens and other textiles at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Saturdays, 8am-4pm, from January 5-March 29, 2008. Come on down and help keep these recyclables out of the landfill!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Textile Recycling in Union Square

Looking for a way to keep unwearable, unwanted clothing, linens, and other textiles out of a landfill? Bring them to the northeast corner of Union Square park by the Greenmarket on Mondays between 8am-6pm for the remainder of the year. Goodwill Industries has partnered with the Council on the Environment of NYC on this textile recycling program, seeking to reduce the city's residential textile waste.

For more information, visit the Council on the Environment of New York City

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Alternatives to Bottled Water

Think Outside the Bottle, an initiative of Corporate Accountability International (http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/cms/), urges all consumers to choose tap water over bottled water. Bottled water travels many miles from the source, results in the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels, and contributes to the billions of plastic bottles ending up in our landfills. Take the pledge to show your support for access to clean and safe public water systems at http://www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org/.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Easy Way to Reduce Your Junk Mail

A coalition of environmental groups has introduced a free Web site: http://cataloguechoice.net/ that allows people to remove themselves from more than 1,000 mailing lists. Since it opened for business on Oct. 9, Catalog Choice has helped more than 165,000 people opt out of almost 1.7 million catalogs, the groups say. The Web site, which collects names and then contacts the catalog companies to have people removed from mailing lists, is operated by the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ecology Center

Monday, October 29, 2007

Gowanus Canal Conservancy to Honor PSFC at 2nd Annual Gala

November 11, 2007

We are pleased to learn that the Gowanus Canal Conservancy will be honoring the Park Slope Food Coop at their 2nd annual awards gala, to be held on Sunday November 11 at the Water Street Restaurant and Lounge in Dumbo from 1 to 4 pm. The GCC singled out the Coop for recognition thanks to our strong commitment to the environment and in particular for our assistance in promoting last spring's Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit.

To learn more or to attend the luncheon and awards gala, call (718)858-0557 or contact Lydia Buffington at lbuffington@gowanus.org.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Public Meeting on the Gowanus Canal Restoration Study

Monday, October 22, 6:30 PM

At PS 32 Auditorium 317 Hoyt Street

(Between Union and President Streets, Brooklyn, NY)

A Public Meeting of

Community Board #6's Public Safety/ Environmental Protection Committee

There will be a Presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the
New York City Department of Environmental Protection on the Gowanus
Canal Ecological Restoration Study. This is an ongoing collaborative
partnership between the Federal and City governments to investigate and
propose improvements to the water quality and habitat of the Gowanus
Canal.

Free and open to the public

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation

Sunday, September 30, 2007, 8am - 2pm
Keyspan Park, Coney Island
(Surf Ave. & 19th St., take Cropsey Ave. exit off the Belt Parkway)

Recycle Your Electronics

Drop off your unwanted or broken electronics for recycling. Only the following items will be accepted:

* computers & laptops
* monitors
* printers & scanners (desktop only)
* keyboards & mice
* TVs
* VCRs & DVD players
* cell phones

Other kinds of electronics won't be accepted. Only NYC residents (no businesses allowed) may drop off material (limit five pieces per vehicle). The first 100 people to drop off electronics will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card.

All dropped off items will be recycled through contracted vendors and all data on hard drives will be destroyed; no scavenging will be permitted and no tax-deduction receipts will be given out.

While safe to use, electronics contain hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. Recycling your unwanted electronic equipment keeps these hazardous materials out of the waste stream and the environment.

Donate Clothing and Linens

Drop off your gently used clothing and linens for donation:

* Clothing: pants, dresses, shirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags, belts
* Linens: blankets, towels, sheets, curtains, tablecloths

Only donate clean, gently used clothing and linens. Place donated items in plastic bags and tie securely to avoid moisture contamination. Tax-deduction receipts will be available upon request from Goodwill Industries

www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/recycling/fall2007events.shtml

Friday, June 15, 2007

BEST ECO-CHOICE: Marcal Fluff Out Tissues

If you buy facial tissues in the "boutique" style box, the coop now carries an environmentally superior alternative to the zero-recycled-content Kleenex tissues. Try the newly stocked Marcal Fluff Out tissues!

- Made from 100% recycled fiber and at least 30% post-consumer waste.
- Does not use any elemental chlorine for bleaching.
- You can help protect old growth forests by choosing recycled paper products.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

BEST ECO-CHOICE: Doulton Water Filter

Use Doulton water filters instead of bottled water. These filters remove biohazards, chemicals, and minerals. Save money and reduce plastic waste at the same time!

Price comparison for your first 600 gallons (typically one year's worth): $256 for Doulton undersink dual water filter vs. $762 for Poland Spring or Appalachian Spring water. The second year of Doulton filtered water would only be $79.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Park Slope Computer & Electronics Recycling Day

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 - 3:00 pm
JJ Byrne Park, Fifth Ave at Fourth Street

What can be recycled?
Computers, laptops, monitors, printers, cables, fax machines, PDAs, radios, adapters, cell phones, calculators, copiers.

Why should you recycle your old equipment?
The National Safety Council estimates that 63 MILLION personal computers in the U.S. became obsolete in 2005. Computers and other electronics contain hazardous substances that can get into ground water -- CRT screens alone contain up to EIGHT POUNDS of lead! These electronics will be headed to dumps in the next few years, unless we recycle.

Where will my stuff go?
To Per Sholas, a nonprofit in the South Bronx dedicated to bridging the digital divide for low-income families. Its three primary goals are:
- Bring affordable technology to disadvataged children and families
- Train underemployed and unemployed adults to become A+ Certified computer technicians
- Provide environmentally responsible recycling of end-of-life computer equipment

Sponsored by: RecycleThis! and the Park Slope Civic Council
www.recyclebrooklyn.com


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit, Session 4

April 10, 2007
Green Gowanus Charette: How Do We Make it Happen?
This session will provide an opportunity for members of the community and interested public to develop and discuss ideas to make a Green Gowanus a reality. Each of the speakers will present their experiences of developing and implementing green projects in Brooklyn. Following the presentations, participants will be invited to engage in round table discussions to identifiy specific strategies, projects, or programs that could be implemented to overcome current obstacles.

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is dedicated to conserving, restoring and insuring maximum public access to the Gowanus Canal as an environment. Our efforts are focused on the canal’s natural environment (water quality, air, soil, flora, fauna and more), the human environment (man-made features that include the architecture, the unseen infrastructure, the street grids - including ancient ones, like the Gowanus Road - the historic environment embodied in landmarks official and unofficial) and the ambient environment (green space, street trees, peace and quiet and all the special qualities that define the place).

All sessions run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be located at Polytechnic University;
Dibner Library, Room LC 400; 333 Jay Street, Brooklyn. Please visit www.poly.edu/directions" for directions.

Speakers:
Ms. Susan Boyle;
Big Sue LLC
Ms. Atom Cianfarani;
Habana Outpost
Mr. Ian Marvey;
Added Value
Ms. Robin Simmen;
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Gowanus Canal Conservancy 509 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231-3927 (718) 858-0557 tel www.gowanuscanalconservancy.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit, Session 3

The Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit is intended to inspire dialog among participants concerning a variety of issues related to the canal’s water quality. The summit will consist of a series of four evening workshops, during which there will be 2 or 3 presentations, followed by discussion. Speakers will address issues such as contaminated sediments, sewer infrastructure, land use, green district planning and other related factors. The summit will culminate with a "Green Gowanus charette" - a participatory visioning workshop during which participants will have an opportunity to translate their ideas into a set of working recommendations.

Session 3: A green district in Gowanus?
March 29, 2007


High Performance Building and Infrastructure Guidelines

This session will discuss the various mechanisms used to develop high performance green developments and will describe the incentives and policies that are currently used to promote green development and infrastructure in New York City.

Green District Planning: Existing Schemes Embodied in the Gowanus Master Plan and Upscaling of Student Proposals

This session will discuss how specific planning policies can be used to improve water quality in the Gowanus Canal. The session will focus on specific student proposals developed for sites along the Canal, as well as some of the recommendations included in the Gowanus Canal Comprehensive Community Plan recently released by the Gowanus Canal CDC.

All sessions run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be located at Polytechnic University;
Dibner Library, Room LC 400; 333 Jay Street, Brooklyn. Please visit www.poly.edu/directions for directions.

Speakers:
Mr. Peter Washburn*; New York City Council
Bill Donohoe; Ehrenkrantz Eckstutu & Kuhn Architects
Dr. Richard Plunz; Columbia University

*Speaker not confirmed.
Speakers, subjects, locations and
dates are subject to change.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit, Session 2

The Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit is intended to inspire dialog among participants concerning a variety of issues related to the canal’s water quality. The summit will consist of a series of four evening workshops, during which there will be 2 or 3 presentations, followed by discussion. Speakers will address issues such as contaminated sediments, sewer infrastructure, land use, green district planning and other related factors. The summit will culminate with a "Green Gowanus charette" - a participatory visioning workshop during which participants will have an opportunity to translate their ideas into a set of working recommendations.

Session 2: Causes & Potential Solutions to Water Quality Problems
March 6, 2007


Combined Sewer Overflows: Centralized and Decentralized Solutions

This session will cover the number of overflow events that occur from the 16 existing combined
sewage outfalls (CSOs) on the canal. Topics will include a description of the CSO-sheds and regu-
lators associated with each, a discussion of the existing threshold capacity of each regulator to avoid
CSOs and an overview of modeling efforts undertaken to date. The session will then focus on some
proposed solutions to the problem of CSOs in the Canal, including a centralized approach involv-
ing NYCDEP capital projects and a decentralized low-impact development approach.

Contaminated Sediments: Dredging, Disposal, Scrubbing or Reuse

This session will focus on the spatial distribution of contaminated sediments on the floor of the
Gowanus Canal and will provide a comparison to sediments elsewhere in the New York/New
Jersey Harbor Estuary. The sources of contaminated sediments, and known and potential mech-
anisms of mobilization of contaminated sediments into the water column will be described. The
session will then introduce solutions, such as the dredging and disposal of sediments and the
dredging and reuse or cleaning of contaminated sediments.

Contaminated Groundwater

This session will describe the type of contaminants that are or could be entering the canal from
riparian aquifers, focusing on recent findings of groundwater contamination in the Ikea and
Whole Foods sites and mechanisms of transport of contaminated groundwater into the canal.
Solutions to this issue will also be discussed, including pump and treat remediation of
groundwater and the complete removal of contaminated soils.

All sessions run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be located at Polytechnic University;
Dibner Library, Room LC 400; 333 Jay Street, Brooklyn. Pleae visit www.poly.edu/directions for directions.

Speakers:
Mr. Keith Mahoney; New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Susan McCormick; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Dr. Franco Montalto; eDesign and Gowanus Canal CDC
Dr. Keith Jones; Brookhaven National Laboratory
Dr. Patricia Culligan; Columbia University
Mr. Eric Stern*; United States EnvironmentalProtection Agency
Mr. Al Wilshire; Keyspan

*Note:
Speaker not confirmed.
Speakers, subjects, locations and
dates are subject to change.
Please check our website as the
date of each session approaches

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit, Session 1

The Gowanus Canal Water Quality Summit is intended to inspire dialog among participants concerning a variety of issues related to the canal’s water quality. The summit will consist of a series of four evening workshops, during which there will be 2 or 3 presentations, followed by discussion. Speakers will address issues such as contaminated sediments, sewer infrastructure, land use, green district planning and other related factors. The summit will culminate with a “Green Gowanus charette” — a participatory visioning workshop during which participants will have an opportunity to translate their ideas into a set of working recommendations.


Session 1: Introduction to Gowanus Canal Water Quality
February 21, 2007


Historical and Future Services Provided by the Gowanus Canal to the People of Brooklyn

This session will trace the history of the canal, with a focus on the services it has provided or could provide to those living on and around it. Beginning with the Pre-industrial era, the discussion will cover the ecosystem services provided by the Gowanus marshes to pre-colonial and colonial populations of Brooklyn. This session will then focus on the economic services provided by the industrial waterway in the context of 19th and 20th century manufacturing-based economy, and will conclude with some ideas on what the waterway can be in the Post-industrial era, in the context of economic globalization, a service-oriented economy, and modern Brooklyn.

Water Quality and Use of the Canal

This session will focus on the topic of water quality, beginning with how water quality in the canal likely changed through time as a function of the land use and economic activity in the surrounding watershed. The discussion will begin with a description of water quality in the “pristine era”, including specific probable chemical, bacteriological, biological characteristics, and will then describe how anthropogenic activities can lead to changes in water quality (e.g. discharge of raw sewage and storm water from combined sewage outfalls (CSOs) etc). The session will conclude with a discussion of how water quality is measured, modeled, and how the data is interpreted.

Current Water Quality Conditions in the Gowanus Canal
This session will provide an overview of the current water quality of the Gowanus Canal, with comparisons to other water bodies in New York City and the New York harbor. The session will present the results of the most recent water quality monitoring and modeling in the canal, and will outline potential causes and effects, in order to inform future remediation efforts

All sessions run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be located at Polytechnic University; Dibner Library, Room LC 400; 333 Jay Street, Brooklyn. Please visit www.poly.edu/directions for directions.

Speakers
Mr. John C. Muir; Gowanus Canal CDC
Mr. Keith Mahoney; New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. Reed Super; Columbia Environmental Law Clinic

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Best Eco-Choice: Natural Value Sponge

The Natural Value brand kitchen scrubber sponge is made with 50% post-consumer recycled materials. Close the recycling loop by buying recycled products!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Having a Tough Time Parking Your Bike?

Here's a chance as a Coop member to make a big difference in
the bike parking situation on Union Street. The NYC Department of
Transportation's CITYRACKS program is currently evaluating sites for
the installation of new bike racks, and they're seeking input from the
public.

Go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bikeped/bikerack.html to learn
more about the CITYRACKS program and submit an online request for
additional racks near the Coop, the Tea Room, Dixon's, or one of your
other favorite businesses between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. You can
also submit requests by mail or fax to:

CITYRACKS
40 Worth Street - Room 1035
New York, NY 10013