The Environment

The importance of thinking globally and acting locally has never been more apparent. New York City and each of our communities must help lead the way on climate change, and toward a more sustainable way of living. At the community level, creating new parks and greenways, supporting the cause of environmental justice, promoting better transit and alternative modes of transportation, and greening our homes and businesses are just some of the ways we can help make New York one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

Brooklyn Councilman Wants "Trucking Companies On The Hook" for the Dirty Diesel Mess

Clean and Safe Ports Blog
09/14/2011

Dirty port trucks aren’t just a California problem. And they’re not just a Newark problem either. In fact, Brooklyn, home to the Brooklyn Marine Terminal, is one of the most at-risk counties in New York for health problems resulting from diesel soot. Read more »

4 Council Members, Each With $1 Million, Will Let Public Decide How It’s Spent

New York Times
09/14/2011

Four City Council members, intrigued by experiments begun in Brazil to let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars, say they plan to allow their constituents to decide how $4 million is spent next year. Read more »

The patron of Prospect Park: Business owner cleans up park for free

Picture of Prospect Park volunteer cleaners
New York Daily News
08/23/2011

A business owner who lives in Kensington is pitching in to help tackle cash-strapped Prospect Park's trash problem.

Armando Gonzalez, the owner of Sunshine Best Cleaning Inc., recently wrote to Mayor Bloomberg offering to send professional cleaning crews into the park free of charge.

Gonzalez, 55, made the offer after reading an article in the Daily News about how budget cuts made it harder for the city to maintain its parks - leaving them marred with piles of garbage. Read more »

A Walk for Prospect Park

Our friends at the Prospect Park Alliance are holding a walk-a-thon on September 18th to raise money for Brooklyn's backyard.  Here are the details:

Join us for the Alliance's second annual walk-a-thon!  Read more »

Councilmember Brad Lander Hails Win for Community in Prospect Park West Bike Path Case

Date: 8/16/11

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Contact: Councilmember Brad Lander’s office, Alex Moore 718-499-1090 amoore [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov

COUNCILMEMBER BRAD LANDER HAILS WIN FOR COMMUNITY IN PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE PATH CASE

Brooklyn, NY- Councilmember Brad Lander released the following statement in response to Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan’s ruling today, dismissing a lawsuit challenging the Prospect Park West bike path in the case of Seniors for Safety v. NYC Department of Transportation: Read more »

Brad Lander Hungry For Better Food Policy

Carroll Gardens Patch
08/09/2011

Just over a week ago, the New York City Council voted in five impressive pieces of legislation designed to help ensure more New Yorkers have access to healthy, fresh, locally grown foods produced in New York State and contiguous states. Our own Councilmember Brad Lander, representing both Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, co-sponsored four of the five bills. Read more »

Dome Playground Clean-Up: A Success and a Real Good Time

The Kensington Prospect
08/08/2011

Threats of a thunderstorm did not keep the more than 30 volunteers away from the Sunday, August 7 activities at Dome Playground’s “Clean It, Paint It, Fix It!” afternoon. The first official event sponsored by Friends of Dome Playground (friendsofdomepark [at] gmail [dot] com), a good cross-section of neighbors and users, both kids and adults, showed up to scrape and paint the handball court’s walls a lovely cement gray, and rake the cigarette butts off the lawn. Read more »

Help clean-up Dome Playground on Sunday, August 7th

Last year, Borough President Marty Markowitz and I were able to allocate $900,000 in city funds to renovate Dome Playground. When I brought together residents from Kensington and Borough Park in March to discuss their visions for how that money could be used, I was thrilled with the result. Over fifty people came to the meeting and sent a clear message to me and the Parks Department: this is our park and we want to make it better. Read more »

Fresher food coming to NYC

I hope you are hungry, because today is a good day for New Yorkers who care about their food. We’ve learned a lot recently about the importance of improving our food system, supporting regional farms and businesses, and making sure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy food. I wanted to share some recent developments that bring us closer to that goal. Read more »

Staying Green This Summer

In the summer, there's a strong temptation to crank up the air conditioner. This marks an obvious problem if you’re trying to reduce how much energy your household uses: air conditioning units (central air conditioning units or many window units turned on at the same time) are the single most energy-inefficient device in many homes. Read more »