Saturday, June 22, 2013

6/24 EVENT: Ban the Plastic Bag, NYC!

The Environmental Committee is co-sponsoring an great event on Monday June 24 at 7 PM at the Greenwood Baptist Church!

Please join City Council Member Brad Lander, the Green Party of Brooklyn, Sierra Club, NRDC, No Impact Project, Citizens Committee for New York City, Sane Energy, NYC Friends of Clearwater, and BagItNYC for an informative evening to learn about the massive environmental impact that single-use plastic bags have in NYC, and the NYC campaign to do something about it.

This free event will take place at:
Speakers will include:
  • Council Member Brad Lander, who will be introducing legislation on plastic bags
  • Jennie Romer, who spear headed successful efforts in California to ban / restrict single use plastic bags and will discuss the various possible approaches (ban, fee, tax, etc)
  • Colin Beavan (No Impact Man)
  • Carl Arnold from the NY Green Party and the Sierra Club
  • Peter Kostmayer, former CEO of Citizens Committee for NYC.
The event will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about this issue and find out how you can get involved with the plastic bag campaign in NYC.

Bring some plastic bags to add them to the "Plastic Bag Mandala" and receive a free reusable bag!

Single use plastic bags have been banned or restricted in cities across the US, including California (75 local jurisdictions including LA County and San Francisco), Washington, DC and Austin, TX. In LA County, a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags and a 10-cent charge on paper bags lead to a 95% reduction in single-use plastic bags in the first year.

In a recent NY Times article, the city’s recycling director pointed out that “Plastic shopping bags are an enormous problem for New York City,” noting that the city pays $10 million annually to landfill 100,000 tons of plastic bags. When plastic bags are carelessly placed into recycling bins for general plastic — which they often are — the bags jam and damage expensive sorting machines, which cost huge amounts to repair.

For more information, please contact

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Recipe for A Heathly Planet

Did you see Yuko Uchikawa's member contribution on page 5 of the the May 30th Gazette?

We were so happy to see Yuko and her family sharing their tips for shopping with reusable bags!

Please share your "recipes for a healthy planet" too!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Important Anti-Fracking Rally on June 17th!

New York stands at a crossroads; this is our moment to decide the course of history.

Come to the New York Crossroads: Rally to Stop Fracking and Demand Renewable Energy in Albany.

When: Monday, June 17th, 12pm-3pm
Where: Rally and March in East Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY
Transportation: Busses are leaving from Manhattan (sign up here) and Brooklyn (sign up here) at 8am.
Car Pool: If you would like to set up a car pool please email Corinne Rosen at

Hope to see you there!

Plastic Bag Phase Out Update

The May 28th General Meeting was one of the largest in the Coop's history, according to the General Coordinators. Many thanks to those who came out and apologies to those that could not get in.

Close to 650 members signed in for credit at the GM and many more were turned away because the venue was at maximum capacity. In total 840 members signed up in advance for workslot credit for the meeting.

Due to the overflowing crowds, the GM Committee felt it would be best to table the vote until a larger venue can be found. The General Coordinators are currently looking for a venue that will hold at least 1500 people.

We are working with the General Coordinators to reschedule the vote and accommodate all members who wish to participate.

Please keep an eye out for updates and we hope to see you at the rescheduled meeting.