The Greenpoint Environmental Education Center at Brooklyn Public Library

Community Design Workshop at Greenpoint Library
 

Brooklyn Public Library(BPL) has received a grant through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to create the Greenpoint Environmental Education Center. This new facility will be built as part of BPL’s total redesign of the current Greenpoint Library and will provide students and residents with environmental education programs, information and special collections that increase awareness and stewardship of the local environment.

Built at the branch's current location, the expanded Library and Environmental Education Center will offer much-needed neighborhood space where local groups dedicated to addressing environmental issues can hold meetings and host public programming and workshops.

The new facility will include:
  • A second floor, increasing public space by more than 80%
  • Accessible green roof with open space for public use and native plant landscaping
  • LEED Silver Green Building Certification through “green” building components – including energy efficient windows; high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning and lighting systems; water efficient plumbing systems and fixtures; rainwater harvesting and other storm water runoff and control systems; and alternative energy systems such as solar arrays or wind turbines  
  • Environmental and local history collections, resources and programs in partnership with local environmental organizations and educational groups 

Information in Polish

Informacja o projekcie po polsku.
 

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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. 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.