The Greenpoint Environmental Education Center
Artist rendering of proposed facility © Beatty Harvey Coco Architects
With over 160,000 visitors each year, Greenpoint Library is one of Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) busiest branches. Known for its collections for the local Polish community, as well as diverse cultural, early childhood literacy and health programs, the branch is an essential community hub that has outgrown its current configuration.
In order to better serve the community, BPL has applied for funding through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to create the Greenpoint Environmental Education Center (“The GEEC”). This new facility would be co-located at BPL’s Greenpoint Library and would provide students and residents with environmental education programs, information and special collections that increase awareness and stewardship of the local environment. The GEEC would also provide a unique space to learn about the history of Greenpoint and its ongoing environmental challenges.
In addition, the GEEC would offer a much-needed, centrally-located space where community groups dedicated to addressing environmental issues can hold meetings and host public programming and workshops.
This $5 million Legacy Grant would help fund the planning, construction and fitout of the new 6,500-square-foot GEEC facility as part of a larger renovation of the existing library space for which BPL will seek LEED Silver certification. A sustainable green roof would provide outdoor public space, rainwater management, educational weather tracking and horticultural programs, reducing the building’s energy usage. By adding an accessible second floor, the GEEC would increase the library’s public space by more than 80 percent, allowing for flexible meeting rooms, reading rooms and event spaces, all available to the local community.
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The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill. The GCEF’s goal is to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint community’s environmental priorities through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community.