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Sustainability
The ability to fulfill human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely.

Prospect Heights co-op completes 10 kw solar array

Posted: June 22, 2012 - 7:34am

The Vanderbilt Park co-op has just completed its 10.18 kilowatt solar array, which is the largest array in the neighborhood according the NYC Solar Map.  

The array provides green energy for approximately 85% of the power used in the co-op's common areas, as well as 100% of the power for one of the units in the building.  With federal and municipal rebates, the payback period is just over three years.  Being located in a landmarked district was an additional complication during construction, as the array was not allowed to be visible from the street, but Bret Heilig, the CEO of Fiveboro Solar as well as a resident of the co-op, embraced the challenge. 

"Putting solar where I live and work was a special project for me," he said. "We have local food and local beer in Brooklyn. Why not local power?"

Street tree day on Vanderbilt Avenue

Start Date: 
June 25, 2011 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Sustainability
Open space
Sponsored By: 
Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force and Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District
Location: 
Southeast corner of Vanderbilt and St. Marks Avenues
United States
Description: 

The Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force has accepted the invitation of the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants Association to work with the merchants to enhance the health, vitality and beauty of Vanderbilt Avenue street trees.
 
The Street Tree Task Force is a local volunteer organization committed to the care and maintenance of all our neighborhood’s street trees.
 
Volunteers will aerate, fertilize and mulch the tree pits and prune tree branches on Vanderbilt Avenue. In return, the Task Force only requests merchants to keep tree pits free of garbage and to water the trees on a regular basis.
 
Organizers would love to have as many Prospect Heights residents who can join them on June 25th to help with the tree care event. They will need the extra help  to cover Vanderbilt Avenue from Plaza Street to Pacific Street. If you have gloves or cultivators bring them along. Organizers will do their best to ensure that everyone has the tools needed to do the job. Please join in!

Open to: 
General public

UNITY 4 Community Meeting

Start Date: 
June 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Urban planning
Housing
Sustainability
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Councilmember Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Location: 
Atlantic Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond)
United States
Description: 

Forest City Ratner is constructing the arena, but the rest of the demolished 22 acre site is a big questions mark...except for enormous "interim" surface parking lots.

In order to plan, set a better framework, and change the dynamic for the future development of the site Councilmember Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn invite you to UNITY 4, a community meeting on Wednesday, June 15th to discuss the community's plans for the Atlantic Yards site, with the UNITY Plan and its principles as a jumping off point.

The meeting will include a presentation by UNITY Plan designers and architects Marshall Brown and Ron Shiffman, a discussion of the current and future status of the site and Q&A with a panel including elected officials. Your ideas, thoughts and input will be invaluable to the meeting.

Open to: 
General public

Rain barrel giveaway

Start Date: 
April 16, 2011 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Sustainability
Sponsored By: 
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Location: 
Marine Park Parking Lot at Avenue U Brooklyn
United States
Description: 

During heavy storms, stormwater runoff can overwhelm the city’s sewer system, and, in some cases, cause street flooding. To reduce stormwater runoff and to create a more livable, sustainable city, DEP released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan and is piloting several stormwater best management practices throughout the city, including enhanced tree pits, streetside infiltration swales, and blue and green roofs. Rain barrels capture stormwater from your roof and store it for future use.

By capturing stormwater, rain barrels can help you conserve water by storing rainwater for future use, such as watering your lawn or garden. This will keep your plants healthy and save you money–since households devote almost 40% of their water to watering lawns and gardens. And you’ll be doing your part to reduce demand on New York City’s drinking water system during the summer’s hottest days.

DEP will provide detailed instructions on how to attach and use your rain barrel at the giveaway. For more information call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/dep.

Please note: Rain Barrels will be given away on first come first serve basis, one per household. You must live in a single-family or attached two-family home to participate in this exciting and innovative program.

Open to: 
Residents of single- or two-family houses

Another Test

Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sustainability
Zoning
Sponsored By: 
Me
Location: 
TEst location
Streeet Test Additional TEst
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Description: 

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Open to: 
all

Test

Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sustainability
Subsite: 
Brooklyn Food Coalition
Committee: 
Landmark committee
Site: 
Public involvement in Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Me
Location: 
Test location
Test street
Test city, SC 560020
United States
Description: 

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Open to: 
All