Thursday, September 25, 2008

Park Slope Food Coop Earns the ENERGY STAR for Superior Energy Efficiency

The Park Slope Food Coop Inc., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Park Slope Food Coop improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across our entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to our building(s).

The Park Slope Food Coop is the first supermarket in Brooklyn to earn the ENERGY STAR. To earn the ENERGY STAR, The Park Slope Food Coop took the following actions:

  • Installed air conditioning systems that run off natural gas instead of electricity and release zero ozone depleting CFC’s into the atmosphere

  • Installed an efficient refrigeration system that uses glycol as its prime refrigerant

  • Replaced fluorescent light fixtures with ones that use efficient electronic ballasts

  • Replaced T-12 fluorescent bulbs with more efficient T-8 bulbs

  • Replaced incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Replaced traditional electric exit signs with ones that are lit with LED bulbs

  • Recover heat from frozen food compressors to heat hot water

  • Recover heat from frozen food compressors to dehumidify

  • Recover cold air from some refrigeration cases to reduce air conditioning load

For more information about ENERGY STAR visit For more information about The Park Slope Food Coop visit

*To calculate greenhouse gas emissions, please visit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Plastics Primer: Know Your A, B and PVCs

By Cynthia Blayer
Linewaiters' Gazette, July 5, 2007

When plastic was first developed by Alexander Parkes, it warranted a showing at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. It’s hard to imagine the now ubiquitous material being rare enough to garner a spot in such a venue. For many years, we’ve all made use of this cheap and convenient material--although we’ve come to realize that the hidden cost to the environment and public health is quite high.

Environmental and Public Health Problems

Americans go through about a hundred billion plastic bags a year, not to mention the myriad other plastic products we all use. According to the EPA, the plastics industry is second only to the chemical industry in generating ozone layer-damaging toxic releases. Carcinogenic chemicals such as dioxin and benzene enter the environment during manufacturing; these materials pose additional threats, as they can leach from containers into food and beverages.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

New Film About World Water Crisis

The new documentary "Flow", currently playing in NYC at the Angelika, focuses on the world water crisis.

According the film's website "Irena Salina's award-winning documentary builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround." For more information, see: or check the Angelika's schedule.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Green Brooklyn. . . Green City Conference

The 4th Annual Green Brooklyn...Green City Conference, coordinated by the Center for the Urban Environment, is New York City's largest showcase of green and sustainability issues, programs, and products. A full day fair and symposium, Green Brooklyn...Green City brings together the community, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to share ideas with the public about how to live greener in our everyday lives.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 11:30am - 5:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Always Free and Open to the public

Green Brooklyn...Green City 2008 will feature workshops and discussions led by several of the city's preeminent leaders in sustainable design, green manufacturing, transportation alternatives, energy efficiency, environmental education, and sustainable food. For more information:

Friday, September 12, 2008

Brooklyn Green Drinks

What: Brooklyn Green Drinks

When: Wed., 9/17, 7- 9 p.m.

Where: The Center for the Urban Environment
168 7th St. (2nd & 3rd Aves.) B'klyn NY 11215

They have new headquarters which is LEED-Certified Gold for Commercial Interiors by the US Green Building Council, the first of its kind in Brooklyn!

Recycling: 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.

Take the R Train to 9th Street or F train to 4th Avenue.
Exit on 9th Street and 4th Avenue, walk over to 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Afterwards: People can continue their GreenDrinks experience at a cozy bar restaurant only a couple minutes away: 8PM - Midnight
Bar Tano
457 3rd Avenue (at 9th Street)
Brooklyn NY 11215
718 499 3400

Every month, people who work in the environmental field, or simply have an interest in it, meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. It's your chance to mix with other like-minded folks, network, share info and make friends. Attendees have found employment, developed new ideas and even done deals!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Freecycle New York City Back-to-School FreeMeet

Have you got stuff you're ready to part with? Is there something you need? Then come on down to the Freecycle FreeMeet!

Saturday, September 13, 2008, 11am - 4pm
JJ Byrne Park (5th Ave between 3rd & 4th Streets), Brooklyn
Between the Old Stone House and the basketball court

The FreeMeet is your chance to unload unwanted but usable items and take home things you can put to good use. As the name suggests, the Freecycle FreeMeet is FREE!

You don't need to bring anything to take anything (though a tote bag might help). Please bring only portable items and leave furniture and other heavy stuff at home.

For more information:

Thursday, September 04, 2008

This Weekend: NYC Department of Sanitation Fall Recycling and Donation Event

Recycle Your Electronics
Drop off your unwanted electronics for recycling:
computers & laptops / monitors /printers & scanners (desktop only) / keyboards & mice / TVs, VCRs, DVRs, DVD players / portable digital music players / cell phones

Donate Clothing and Linens
Drop off your gently used clothing and linens for donation:
• Clothing: pants, dresses, shirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags, belts
• Linen: blankets, towels, sheets, curtains, tablecloths

Sunday, September 7, 2008
8am - 2pm
Keyspan Park, Coney Island
(Surf Ave. & 19th St., take Cropsey Ave. exit off the Belt Parkway)

For more information: