The Greenpoint Environmental Education Center (The GEEC) at Brooklyn Public Library

Greenpoint Environmental Education Center - rendering
Artist rendering of proposed facility © Beatty Harvey Coco Architects

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.

BPL has received funding through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to create the Greenpoint Environmental Education Center (“The GEEC”). This new facility will be co-located at BPL’s 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. The GEEC will also provide a unique space to learn about the history of Greenpoint and its ongoing environmental challenges.

In addition, the GEEC will offer a much-needed, centrally-located space where community groups dedicated to addressing environmental issues can hold meetings and host public programming and workshops.

The GEEC will promote environmental awareness, education, stewardship and advocacy and include:
  • A 6,500-square-foot environmental education center on the Library’s new 2nd floor, increasing public space by more than 80%
  • Accessible green roof with open space for public use, native plant landscaping and greenhouse learning center
  • 200-square-foot community composting space
  • 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 and wind turbines  
  • A community hub for free environmental programs, information and meeting rooms available for use by local community groups
  • Environmental and local history collections and resources and more than 300 annual programs in partnership with local environmental organizations and educational groups 

View the proposed environmental features of the GEEC.

View the proposed first floor plan.

View the proposed second floor plan.

View the proposed rooftop layout.

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. 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.