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.
Live Green! Make a Sustainable Village with ArchForKids
Thursday,January 12, 3:30 pm
Design and construct an entire village designed to live in harmony with the earth's environment. Include renewable energy sources, native materials, walking and bike paths, green spaces, and much more. (Ages 6-11)
Green Skyscraper Challenge with ArchForKids
Thursday, February 2, 3:30 pm
Sustainable towers are shaping the future of tall buildings, and utilizing green technologies on an entirely new scale. join the global movement of green skyscraper design by constructing your own model eco-tower. (Ages 6-11)
Brooklyn Public Library’s Green Series is made possible through the generous support of Whole Foods Market.