Water

Build a Rainwater Harvesting System with us!

Build a Rainwater Harvesting System with us!

This Saturday, September 28, help us build a rainwater harvesting system for our Healing Herb Garden!

Green is the stuff you DO in buildings

Green is the stuff you DO in buildings

First Steps to Energy Efficiency in Flatbush at the Neighborhood Energy Forum on March 20 “How many members of Sustainable Flatbush does it take to change a light bulb?” asked State Senator Kevin Parker during his remarks at our Neighborhood Energy Forum last month, riffing on the perennial joke. “None, because you already changed your […]

New York State Environmental Politics

New York State Environmental Politics

For those of you who are interested in following New York State environmental politics, a great online resource is Environmental Advocates of New York. I also receive their email alerts, and was pleased to learn that my State Senator, Kevin Parker, supported all four Environmental Super Bills that were being considered in the state legislature […]

Flatbush CommUNITY Garden kicks off!

Flatbush CommUNITY Garden kicks off!

Last night was the first meeting to brainstorm and plan for the new Flatbush CommUNITY Garden. A group of 20+ people met at P.S. 217 to share their ideas of what they’d like this neighborhood resource to become. In addition to growing vegetables and fruits and flowers, what many of us expressed was the desire […]

“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 […]

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 […]

More on Bottled Water

More on Bottled Water

Back in May I wrote my first post about the unsustainability of bottled water, and it has been gratifying to see the growing attention being focused on this issue over the last few months. Today the Bottled Water Story continues, with this very informative article from Earth Policy about efforts around the world to move […]

Go Green Brooklyn!

Local environmental blogger Ethan Oringel of Green Brooklyn was interviewed in yesterday’s Metro New York for an article called “Blogarithms: Going green, not just by recycling”. My favorite quote: If everybody used the term landfill instead of garbage, they would think twice before throwing things away.

Science Barge – Powered By Nature!

Science Barge – Powered By Nature!, originally uploaded by Sustainable Flatbush. Finally visited the Science Barge during GreenHome NYC’s Green Buildings Open House. The Science Barge is a sustainable urban farm. It demonstrates renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York City. The Science Barge grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce with zero net carbon […]

Bike Tour Hits the Road

Bike Tour Hits the Road

“How I Spent My Summer Vacation” continues, with more photos and anecdotes from the sustainability bicycle tour I went on in August… Maitreya Eco-village, Eugene, OR The trip began in Eugene, where we camped for the first few nights at a place called Dharmalaya. This is a privately owned home with land that hosts a […]