The Greenpoint Environmental Education Center at Brooklyn Public Library

Rendering by Marble Fairbanks

Brooklyn Public Library will build a new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center at the site of the existing branch. Funded by a $5 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and over $10 million from the Library, the new branch will provide significantly more space—indoor and outdoor—to house expanded programs and activities. 

The Environmental Education Center will provide programs, information and special collections that increase awareness and stewardship of the local environment. The center will offer space for community and environmental groups to hold meetings and public events.

The building will be a model of sustainable development, exceeding LEED Silver Green Building Certification requirements.  

The current rendering is available here. The project is still in the design phase and is subject to change. 


  • BPL was awarded the GCEF legacy grant in December 2014. Winners were selected by community vote and with oversight from the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • BPL formed a Community Advisory Committee in March 2015 comprised of local environmental groups, elected officials and neighborhood organizers.
  • The architects Marble Fairbanks were selected in September 2015.
  • The branch hosted a community design workshop in October 2015; patrons were able to vote for their favorite features in the library for a month. 
  • During Fall 2015-2016, BPL and Marble Fairbanks work to develop the new building design, incorporating feedback from the Community Advisory Committee, various City agencies, and members of the public.
  • Construction is expected to begin in early 2017. BPL will provide book mobile service and offsite programs with community partners. 
  • The new library is scheduled to open in mid-2018.

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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.

We’re hosting a series of free eco-learning programs to celebrate the future Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center, opening in 2018. Join us each month as we explore topics related to the environment and sustainability, with author talks and discussion panels for adults, plus interactive programs for kids.

Upcoming #GreenSeries Events:

All programs are free and will be held at Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Avenue at Leonard Street.

Gowanus Wild with Miska Draskoczy
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm

Photographer Miska Draskoczy discusses the genesis and evolution of his newly published book, Gowanus Wild, a photographic exploration of wilderness in the contaminated industrial neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. As the Gowanus Canal has been declared a federal Superfund site and seen over 150 years of industrial abuse, the images reveal just how tenacious nature can be when faced with grave environmental destruction as well provide a field guide for exploring urban wilds. 

Poof! Life in a Vacuum with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Thursday, December 8, 4:00 pm

Find out why astronauts need to wear those big, heavy spacesuits. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump, Museum educators will stress the importance of Earth’s atmosphere. (Ages 6-11)


Brooklyn Public Library’s Green Series is made possible through the generous support of Whole Foods Market.