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More Supporters for Congestion Pricing

City Room reports that yesterday’s public hearing on congestion pricing at Hunter College placed two more groups on the supporting side: the Transit Workers’ Union, and a coalition called Communities United for Transportation Equity (aka CommUTe). Representatives of the latter group presented strong arguments for charging private motor vehicles to enter Manhattan’s Central Business District […]

STREET RENAISSANCE: How You Can Transform NYC Streets

For the transportation geeks among us (yes, I’m one!), this should be a very interesting panel discussion coming up on January 28th. I am familiar with the work of Aaron, Christine and Elizabeth, and those three alone are worth the “price” of admission. Moderated by Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog, this panel discussion featuring New York […]

Check Our Calendar!

The Sustainable Flatbush calendar will now include “Recommended Green Events” happening all around NYC. Basically anything that makes me say “wow, I’d like to go to that!” will end up on the calendar, in case you’d like to go too and just hadn’t heard about it. We’ve also got Flatbush Gardener’s calendar feeding into ours, […]

Support GreenMap!

Our friends at Green Map System are involved in a fundraising challenge: America’s Giving Challenge will award $50,000 prizes to the eight non-profits that receive the greatest number of unique $10 donations this month. Each donation must come from a different person and a different credit card to count. Anyone in the world can contribute, […]

2007: Second Warmest Year on Record

In case anyone had any doubts, I present this news from the Earth Policy Institute: 2007 SECOND WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD Northern Hemisphere Temperature Highest Ever Frances C. Moore With the record for 2007 now complete, it is clear that temperatures around the world are continuing their upward climb. The global average in 2007 was […]

Making Solar Happen in NYC

WHAT: Making Solar Happen in NYC How you can help remove legislative barriers to solar energy * Why is it easier to install solar panels on Long Island than in NYC? * Is funding available? * How will PlaNYC2030 affect permits for solar? * Why is energy efficiency so important to installing solar panels? * […]

Weekend of Recycling in Brooklyn

Last weekend was a big one for Reuse and Recycling here in Brooklyn! 2008’s first Saturday Greenmarket in Grand Army Plaza began a series of textile recycling events called “Second Chance Saturdays” (acceptable donations include used clothing, shoes, boots, hats, jackets, towels, bedding, and linens). These collections will continue at the Greenmarket every Saturday until […]

Zoning out the Chain Stores?

I just read about this on a blog called Community Based Planning, where the question is posed: “Could Formula Retail Zoning be in NYC’s Future?” A group called the East Village Community Coalition is spearheading an effort to protect their neighborhood from further takeover by Starbuck’s et al. Since commercial uses in NYC are already […]

2007 Recap

2007 was the first fully operation year for Sustainable Flatbush, and I must say we accomplished a lot. Starting with our Kickoff Meeting on March 16th at Vox Pop Cafe/Bookstore, the goal was to find people in the neighborhood who wanted to work on sustainability issues locally. To my amazement, 25 people braved a blizzard […]

Sustainable Flatbush Monthly Meeting

Next Sustainable Flatbush monthly meeting: Monday January 7th, 7pm 462 Marlborough Road (between Ditmas and Dorchester) Our regular meetings on the first Monday of every month are for newcomers and committee members alike. We will report on projects in progress and plan for future activities. Everyone is welcome!