Of all five boroughs, Brooklyn has the lowest percentage of land devoted to parks, the second-highest number of residents per acre of parkland and the third lowest tree canopy coverage. It is also home to 50% of the City’s community gardeners, 70% percent of which are in low-income neighborhoods.
The Green Communities Fund fosters the development of green spaces, jobs, and neighborhoods. Its goals are to:
- Encourage the protection and creation of open space, parks and community gardens.
- Seek new ways to introduce and encourage environmental awareness in all neighborhoods through grassroots programming.
- Train job seekers for green careers and connect them to employment opportunities.
Your contribution to the Green Communities Fund helps Brooklyn grow.
Recently Funded Green Communities Projects
Brooklyn's "Low Line"
Brooklyn has about 30 miles of some of the city’s most beautiful waterfront, with views of New York’s famous skyline and the Statue of Liberty. But many born and bred here have never seen it.
Helping Children Grow
Community gardens not only beautify neighborhoods and provide avenues for recreation and camaraderie at the local level; they also provide an opportunity for people of any age to connect with nature and learn about about health and nutrition.
Making Fresh Food Easier to Find
Ana Aguirre is making the rounds through United Community Centers of East New York’s vibrantly painted building. Upstairs a group of preschoolers sit in a circle with a teacher, erupting in animal noises.