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

Project Update
Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Legacy Grant application to the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) has been selected as one of the 13 top-scoring projects and will be included in the upcoming Greenpoint Community Preferencing events to be held on November 20th and 22nd. As the next step in the final selection process, Greenpoint residents have the opportunity to vote for the projects they find most important and help to inform the State’s final selection of projects to receive GCEF funding. 

Please help BPL provide Greenpoint residents with this important new environmental resource by attending one of the Community Preferencing events and casting a ballot for the GEEC. Features of the proposed 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 

Voting is only open to current residents of Greenpoint. All qualifying residents are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Community Preferencing Events:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Noon – 2:30 pm
The Polish & Slavic Center/Kent Street Church
177 Kent Street (Between Manhattan Ave. & McGuinness Blvd.)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Polish & Slavic Center/Kent Street Church
177 Kent Street (Between Manhattan Ave. & McGuinness Blvd.)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Polish National Home “Warsaw”
261 Driggs Avenue (Corner of Driggs Ave. & Eckford St.)

View the proposed environmental features of the GEEC.

View the proposed second floor plan.

View the proposed rooftop layout.

Project Background
With over 160,000 visitors each year, Greenpoint Library is one of BPL’s 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.

Information in Polish
Informacja o projekcie po polsku.
Informacja o zebraniach na temat preferencji społecznych 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.