Fort Greene going green

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Fort Greene activists are hatching a plan to transform their stately brownstone neighborhood into something that would make Al Gore proud.

Still in its incubation, the idea is to harness the do-gooding power of the Fort Greene Association and other groups to cut down on the neighborhood’s use of power, and thereby reduce carbon emissions — which are the main culprit in that no-longer-debated phenomenon of global warming.

At last Saturday’s Greenmarket on Washington Park, the Association set up a (human-powered) table to begin recruiting volunteers. Quickly, 85 people expressed interest in helping kick-start a greening initiative, which, admittedly, is still rather vague.

“There’s a whole wave of interest,” said Phillip Kellogg, the Association’s chair.

The incipient plan calls for a volunteer effort to switch to non-polluting sources of energy through Con Edison; work with elementary schools to plant more trees as part of a class project; replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs; and promote recycling by placing bins in public places, encouraging composting and developing “architectu­ral best practices.”

It’s the brainchild of Fort Greene Association board member Jed Marcus, and DK Holland, one of the founders of the Hill, a neighborhood journal distributed about twice a year.

“You have to look at yourself and see what you’re doing to green your own neighborho­od,” said Holland, a Fort Greene resident, who’s hoping to enlist the support of Clinton Hill residents, too.

Holland has followed her own advice by replacing light bulbs, setting her lights to timers, and the like. She’s also using the Web site, to monitor her personal carbon footprint and reduce the tonnage the climate-changing gas that her activities produce each year.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.