"Brooklyn Greens" & "Brooklyn Bureau"

August 19, 2011


Planting the Seed for a Sustainable Brooklyn
New Foundation Initiative Coordinates  Environmental Efforts in Southside Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant and Cypress Hills to Develop Borough-wide Improvement Plan BrooklynGreens
Yesterday morning, we officially launched Brooklyn Greens, a three-year $750,000 action plan to guide three distinct Brooklyn communities in their efforts to implement sustainable practices, with the aim to push forward broad environmental improvement throughout Brooklyn.

The initiative was unveiled at a “Cool Roofs” painting event in Williamsburg’s Southside, where we were joined by U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, City Council Member Diana Reyna, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and PlaNYC’s Ibrahim Abdul Matin, as well as key community leaders and partners in the program.

Working collaboratively through the Pratt Center for Community Development, three long-established community development organizations—El Puente in Southside Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation —will go on to create a “green roadmap” of replicable strategies and tools to be used across all of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods.

“By promoting collective action and shared resources through this initiative, we ensure that the successful efforts of these three communities will benefit the entirety of Brooklyn, to make it a model of urban environmental improvement in years to come.”

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber

Brooklyn Greens
Through Brooklyn Greens, our partner organizations are engaging their communities’ young people, adults and institutions to improve the local environment by employing energy efficiencies; training and placing residents in jobs weatherizing homes, community facilities and businesses; and applying conservation and environmental principles to affordable housing developments.

In addition to developing a long term action plan, Brooklyn Greens will
  • IMAG0013 2produce 480 energy efficient retrofitted homes, apartment buildings, facilities and small businesses
  • construct 130 green residential housing units
  • train 140 community residents in green collar jobs, with a minimum 50% placement rate
  • plant 750 street trees and create or improve 12 neighborhood green spaces
Learn more about Brooklyn Greens and how our partners are working to create a greener, healthier Brooklyn!

Introducing the  "Brooklyn Bureau"

More exciting news this week: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded the Brooklyn Community Foundation a Community Information Challenge grant that will provide $50,000 over the next two years—to be matched by us dollar for dollar—to create a brand-new Brooklyn news site at www.CityLimits.org/BrooklynBureau.  

The “Brooklyn Bureau” will be a comprehensive news hub exclusively dedicated to critical issues affecting Brooklyn’s 70 neighborhoods. In addition to aggregating hyper-local coverage from multiple sources, City Limits’ independent investigative team will canvas the borough to report on stories that typically go uncovered, to help Brooklynites become more aware and engaged in local civic issues.

“Brooklyn Community Foundation and others like it are part of a growing number of community and place-based foundations working to ensure residents have the information they need to make important decisions about their communities.  Ultimately, our democracy will only thrive if we have informed and engaged communities.”

- Trabian Shorters, Knight Foundation Vice President for Engaging Communities

Learn more here!

Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist.

Learn more at www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/donor-advised-funds.