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Imagine Flatbush final visioning meeting tonight

Tonight is the final workshop meeting of Imagine Flatbush 2030, the community visioning project created by Municipal Arts Society and Flatbush Development Corporation to “assist in creating neighborhood sustainability goals and tools to measure progress toward consensus-based goals”. As this stage of the project comes to a close (along with, presumably, Municipal Arts Society’s direct […]

“Greening Flatbush”!

Rebecca’s container gardening demonstration Last Sunday’s event, “Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are” was a huge success! The Sustainable Flatbush Gardening Committee assembled a stellar program of speakers and demonstrations on topics including Container Gardening, Urban Composting, Street Trees, Permaculture and more.   Mela and Sandra talk trees Karla advocates for worm composting We can’t […]

Sierra Club NYC’s new Energy Report

Sustainable Flatbush has just endorsed a new report on NYC energy policy and climate change response from Sierra Club NYC Group. The report praises PlaNYC while declaring that we need to go much further in order to address the increasing pace of climate change along with energy volatility: Government sustainability initiatives may have greater success […]

Flatbush Gets a New CSA!

Here’s some great news for fans of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and fresh locally produced food in general: Amantai Farm CSA is coming to Flatbush! Shayna Lewis, last year’s market manager at the Cortelyou Rd. farmers’ market, is working with one of the farmers from that market, Jorge Carmona from Amantai Farm, to start a […]

Enrique Peñalosa on Transit Equity for NYC

Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Colombia and a legendary figure in the Livable Streets movement, speaks here with transit activists Commuters United for Transportation Equity (COMMUTE). If you care about our city’s future and particularly the mobility of low-income New Yorkers, have a look.

NYC to address CSO problem with Green Infrastructure

Lots of interesting local developments occurred during my two-week foray into the world of Carnaval in Brazil (still catching up!), and here’s one of my favorites: NYC is seeing the light on addressing the Combined Sewer Overflow problem – where even a minor rainfall can send sewage into our waterways and beaches – through progressive […]

NY State Lagging on Clean Energy

Ever wondered why New York State, and New York City in particular, are so far behind other parts of the country (and even the region!) when it comes to actual numbers of installed renewable energy systems (especially solar panels)? I’ve received some inquiries on this topic from people who want to see more solar power […]

Oil vs. Pashmina

Oil vs. Pashmina, originally uploaded by Sustainable Flatbush. One Soho scarf vendor’s take on Peak Oil.

City Council Votes in Favor of Electronics Recycling

Yesterday New York’s City Council voted in favor of implementing what would be one of the most stringent electronics recycling laws in the country. According to the New York Times, the bill would impose a $100 fine on anyone who throws an old computer, printer or other electronic gadget into the trash. Recycling the electronic […]

Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are

Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are

The Sustainable Flatbush Gardening Commitee is spearheading this great free community event: On Sunday, February 24, residents and other members of the greater Flatbush community can learn what they can do to beautify and improve the environment of their neighborhood. “Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are” is an afternoon of short lectures, demonstrations, and workshops […]