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Brooklyn Green Team Groupies

Brooklyn Green Team is a grassroots organization devoted to reducing the environmental impact of ourselves and others

Members: 64
Latest Activity: Aug 6, 2012

YES WE CAN Volunteer Challenge February – April 2009

Brooklyn Green Team & GreenEdge Collaborative NYC Present We all have a gift. Some can sing and dance; others can garden like a gnome, rake leaves faster than Paul Bunyan can chop down trees, or even recycle with their eyes closed! There are vast and varied opportunities to let loose your talents for the planet. Commit to volunteering at least three hours in the next three months. We know you can do it. Oh, and we’ll email you lots of volunteer opportunities.

• Plant a tree (or a million with

• Mulch or garden at your nearest park

• Staff events of green organizations

• Clean up a beach

• Pick up garbage on your street or someone else’s

• Conduct a bird count

• Teach people how to recycle

“…Given the crisis we're in and the hardships so many people are going through, we can't allow any idle hands. Everybody's going to have to be involved. Everybody's going to have to pitch in."
-President Barack Obama

SIGN UP email and write YES WE CAN! Include first & last name and zip.

Discussion Forum

How do you feel about Christmas trees? 7 Replies

Started by Peter. Last reply by Pure Planet Waters Jun 24, 2009.

Recession: Will it help or hurt green causes? 3 Replies

Started by Peter. Last reply by Peter Nov 26, 2008.

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Comment by Peter on January 13, 2009 at 10:58am
Hi all. I want to try urban agriculture this spring and summer. I'm sure there are community gardens around (I'm in Ditmas/Midwood area), but I was thinking about asking some neighbor to let me use part of her yard to grow vegetables. (I don't have a yard.) Does anyone have experience doing/negotiating such a thing?
Comment by Micki on December 17, 2008 at 11:05pm
Garbage Dream Screening Thursday Dec 12 at 8pm at 92 Y Tribeca.

The woman who made Blue Vinyl is hosting a screening of three in-the-works documentaries. I was invited to attend to give my feedback about a film called Garbage Dreams about kids who recycle up to 85% of their waste in Cairo. Please come to the screening if you want to give your input on how to promote the film in the US:
Comment by Peter on December 12, 2008 at 7:58pm
Does Christmas bring out the GSS (Green Stress Syndrome) in you? If you're like me, it does. Worried about the carbon footprint of Christmas trees? Greenmarkets has it all mapped out for you. Farmers at several Greenmarket locations harvest a variety of locally grown evergreen trees. And CENYC's Website lists dates and locations where you can get your tree mulched. Then, don't forget your solar-powered LED Christmas lights.

Comment by Peter on December 2, 2008 at 12:20pm
This sounds cool.

Announcing a new Meetup for The Metro NYC Environmental Meetup!

What: Carrotmob in Park Slope! Reverse boycott to help store go green

When: December 14, 2008 12:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: On Sunday, December 14th, Carrotmob is coming to Park Slope!

Started earlier this year in San Francisco, Carrotmob is a community event that brings shoppers and stores together to help businesses go greener. The event operates as a reverse boycott, where shoppers spend money at specific businesses who have committed to spend a percentage of the day's proceeds on improving the store's energy efficiency in lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration, etc.

The first New York City event will be right here in the Slope at Tarzian Hardware, a family-owned hardware store located at 193 7th Avenue (between 2nd and 3rd Street).

In addition to everything you'd expect to find at a hardware store, Tarzian carries cleaning supplies, housewares, and a large selection of holiday lights and decorations.

Twenty-two cents of every dollar spent at Tarzian on this day will be used to make improvements to the store. Get what you need, or pick up a few things for local NYC charities who will be on hand to accept donations. As a service to Carrotmobbers, Tarzian will also be educating shoppers on greener options for Christmas decorating and easy energy improvements that can be made in homes and apartments.

The Carrotmob model has already been successful in San Francisco, Kansas City, and Bristol, England, and the CarrotmobNYC team is excited to bring it to Brooklyn. Each event is unique to the community hosting it -- the Park Slope event will be focused on family holiday fun.

The beautiful thing about Carrotmob is how it brings communities together in a positive way to effect true, grass-roots level change. Yes, it's important to change our lightbulbs and recycle in our own homes, but individual changes like that can only get us so far. To really make the future clean and green and lovely, we have to work together, as Co-op members well know. Carrotmob is a fantastic and festive way to do just that.

Please come on December 14th to be part of the solution in our community! For more information, go to

Learn more here:
Comment by Peter on November 24, 2008 at 7:46am
Hi Amanda. I definitely will check out Community Energy. Thanks for the suggestion. As it turns out, Bronx Community College is teaching a 40 hour course on photovoltaics in Brooklyn this spring, which I think I'm going to take. There's a brush-up course on math before you take it. Boy, will I need that!
Comment by Peter on November 21, 2008 at 9:05pm
Micki, again thanks for your advice. I remember from reading Cradle to Cradle that whatever it was made from it was waterproof. That is so cool. Why waste time in the shower when you can be reading? I never tried it, but it's something I sort of fantasized about decades ago.
Comment by Johanna Voutounou on November 21, 2008 at 6:48pm
Hi all
send us a pic of you with your fav mug and tell us why you love it. We'd love to add it to our blog.
Comment by Micki on November 16, 2008 at 4:43pm
Hey Peter... speaking of Solar One there is an event there tomorrow... you could join the Environmental Meet-up Group or check out the page to find out more. I won't be there, but let me know what it's like.

So the Zero Waste Conference was so cool. There was a lot of ideas and true I could write a book... but I'll leave that to someone else for now. What to say and where to begin... I offered, I know. Well the conference was put on by a group called Citizens' Environmental Coalition and headed up by folks that have written NYC's Zero Waste Plan. Basically they or the state is writing a Solid Waste Plan for NYS and I guess the feedback we gave will be considered in the plan as well as we will be able to comment on the plan when it's written. It was just great to be there and meet the people and have a conference that was zero waste itself. We talked about plastic, recycling, reuse, composting, the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, Extended Producer Responsibility (based on the ideas Anne mentioned at the Supper Club in the book Cradle to Cradle). Anyway, there is a lot to talk about and to do as well, but I think it's good work. I guess we'll share more about the next supper club.
Comment by Peter on November 16, 2008 at 1:41pm
I'm also interested in learning more about green technology. Green roofs, photovoltaics, rooftop wind turbines. And I mean in a very practical way -- enough to see if I could consider a career change. Does anyone have any suggestions? And is anyone here interested in learning more, maybe going on a field trip? I mean I've never even been to Solar One.
Comment by Peter on November 16, 2008 at 1:18pm
Well, Micki, I'll bite. Tell us. I'm sure you could write a book, but some hi-lites, pls! Maybe start by assuring me that "zero waste" isn't too utopian. Maybe we should strive for more "practical" numbers? I know that NYC is a special case, because we stopped recycling and then started again. I applied for a gig with cenyc a couple of years ago, and David Hurd (Dr. Trash) there told me about the current percentage of trash being recycled and what their one-, two-, more- year goals were, and zero wasn't part of it. I think you know him, and he's a practical and(and great) guy.

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