Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summertime, and the Reading is Easy

Looking for a good read to go with that fresh peach? With plentiful summer produce everywhere, we thought this might be a good opportunity to point out our "Green Eating" sidebar links:

Gourmet's Politics of the Plate
This blog from Gourmet Magazine covers food politics in all its forms. Recent posts address the role of high fructose corn syrup in rising obesity levels, the pros and cons of conventional vs. organic produce, and the recent food safety scares. Definitely a good read for all interested in the complex political issues around what Americans eat.

Grist's food posts
Grist is a nonprofit environmental news website that covers a wide variety of topics in eco-journalism. Their food blog editors post about many aspects of environmentalism pertaining to food, from biofuels to GMO crops, urban farming to freegans, and nearly everything in between.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Solar-Powered Film Series

Scrambling to enjoy the last of the summer's outdoor movie screenings? Catch Solar One's late-summer film series -- each evening focuses on a different environmental issue, and the whole event is solar-powered. All films are outside and on the waterfront, at Stuyvesant Cove Park.

GREEN EDGE FILMS: Solar Powered Film Festival hosted by Solar One and Green Edge NYC
WHEN: August 21 -23 and Sept 4 - 6. Activities begin at 8pm and screenings commence at sundown. See below for schedule of films and speakers.

WHERE: Solar One, E. 23rd St. and FDR Dr. By Subway & Bus: take the (6) to 23rd St. and the M23 east to Avenue C *or* take the (L) to 1st Ave and walk about 10 minutes to the site or take the M15 north to 23rd St. and walk along East 23rd St. The M16 and M21 buses also stops near E. 23rd St. and Avenue C.

HOW MUCH: Admission is free!

WHAT: The Solar-Powered Film Series is the first in New York City to use the power of the sun to construct an outdoor "eco-theater" like no other. Solar One's independent film venue integrates natural and human-made components of our urban environment creating the city's "greenest" motion picture showcase. This free six-evening program features nightly screenings of environmental documentaries. Each night will focus on a different theme including water, energy, food, waste and more.


Aug 21 – Art and the Environment
RUNNING FENCE - 58 mins.
Film will be followed by a Q&A with director Albert Maysles.
Aug 22 – Water
Speaker: Cortney Worrall, Executive Director of the Coastal Marine Resource Council, will discuss the conservation of the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary and the use of CSO system (Combined Sewer Overflow).

Aug 23 – Green Design

Sept 4 – Energy
Film will be followed by a Q&A with director David Novack.
Sept 5 – Waste and Recycling
Speaker: Elizabeth Royte, author of Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash.
Sept 6 –Food

For more information, please visit the Solar-Powered Film Series site.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Building a Wilder Brooklyn: Lessons from Prospect Park

By Carrie Laben
Linewaiters' Gazette, December 20, 2007

We too often think of nature as the opposite of culture, and of wilderness as purely untouched. Of course, since people have to live in the world, this is a difficult ideal to maintain. Even the most seemingly pristine areas show the effects of humanity. For example, Native North Americans in forested regions from Massachusetts to California used controlled burning to reset tree growth and return minerals to the soil--so the "primeval" forests described by early European explorers were really nothing of the sort. This fact, as strange as it may seem, is very fortunate for New Yorkers. If only "pure" wilderness counts, many of us will rarely get the opportunity to see it. But from the point of view that nature can be anywhere, every Coop member has access to some amazing habitats.

READ MORE in the Food Coop's Linewaiters' Gazette article archive here: http://foodcoop.com/files_lwg/lwg_2007_12_20_vBB_n25.pdf

Friday, August 15, 2008

Recycling (and Buying Recycled) Building Materials

Build it Green! at hhttp://www.bignyc.org/ reuses old kitchens, HQ appliances, doors, and unused construction materials.

NY Wa$teMatch, matches waste generators with potential users who purchase waste to use as raw materials. See http://www.wastematch.org/.

Armstrong has a Ceiling Recycling Program that accepts tiles made by any manufacturer. 1-877-ARMSTRONG.

The Construction Waste Management Database lists companies that haul, collect, and process recyclable debris from construction projects. See http://www.wbdg.org/tools/cwm.php.

The American Forest & Paper Association has a National Wood Recycling Directory, a searchable database. Find out where to recycle wood locally: http://www.afandpa.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Environment_and_Recycling/Recycling/Wood_Recovery1/Wood_Recycling_Directory1/Directory_Information.htm.

Used Building Materials Association at http://build.recycle.net helps you buy and sell used building materials.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Keep those Plastic Produce Bag Comments and Suggestions Coming!

Since the General Meeting last month we've gotten a bunch of great comments on how Coop members can reduce their use of plastic produce (roll) bags. Some of the ideas include more member education about the negative effects of plastic bags, and allowing members to bring their own containers and weigh them (empty) on a scale before filling with bulk items.

Charging for produce bags has also been suggested, and we've discussed that option as a committee as well. One stumbling block we haven't found a solution for yet is how to incorporate charging for produce bags into the checkout experience without adding to the time and effort already required for checkout (which of course can be considerable during busy times). More ideas are welcome!

In my household we use the cloth (muslin) bags for produce, and are happy to report that they actually keep our fruits + veggies fresher than plastic bags! So if you've been thinking of picking up some muslin bags from the Coop I can heartily recommend it.

Have a great idea about how we can reduce or even eliminate produce bags from the Coop? Leave us a comment and let us know! We'll keep you posted on how the issue develops.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Sneaker Recycling

Don’t just throw away those old sneakers! Instead of ending up in a landfill, they can be made into sports surfaces like basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds.

Sneakers of any brand can be recycled at many Nike stores. You can drop off any brand of rubber-soled shoes at
Niketown, 6 East 57th Street (212.891.6453) or see http://www.letmeplay.com/reuseashoe.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Summer Streets

Here's an opportunity for walkers and cyclists to take over Manhattan's main streets. A 6.9 mile length of streets from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be closed to traffic for three consecutive Saturdays (August 9th, 16th and 23rd) from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. Fitness, dance and yoga classes will be held along the route, with additional activities hosted by community groups at various streets.

For more information see Summer Streets

A Fun Way to Get to Summer Streets:
Join Transportation Alternatives in a group ride from Brooklyn. To participate, send your full name and the neighborhood of the ride you wish to participate in to summerstreets@transalt.org or call 212.629.8080. Riders will receive a special gift when they stop by Transportation Alternatives’ tables at Summer Streets.
T.A. Rides to Summer Streets:

Saturday, August 9th
• Bedford-Stuyvesant
Meet up in Tompkins Park, located at 254 Tompkins Avenue (between Greene Avenue and Lafayette Avenue)
Ride begins at 9 am

• Park Slope
Meet at Grand Army Plaza (at the entrance to Prospect Park)
Ride begins at 9 am

Saturday, August 16th
• Flatbush
Meet up at 1022 Cortelyou Road (in front of Vox Pop)
Ride begins at 9 am

Saturday, August 23rd
• Williamsburg/Greenpoint
Meet up at McCarren Park (by Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street entrance) at 8:30 am
Ride begins at 9 am

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Sustainable Flatbush: Green Living in Brooklyn

In the spirit of community and cooperation, we're linking to a few other environmentally-focused Brooklyn websites, one of which is Sustainable Flatbush. The website offers "a neighborhood-based forum to discuss, promote and implement sustainability concepts in Brooklyn and beyond." In addition to environmental news and updates from Flatbush and Brooklyn, the site also offers eco-friendly links and advice (and just a pinch of politics).

Visit Sustainable Flatbush at: http://sustainableflatbush.org/