NAG's Environmental Happy Hour at Muchmores in Williamsburg

Do you want to get involved with a North Brooklyn neighborhood group that cares about environmental issues? Join us for a drink!

NAG’s happy hour will include a few quick (five minute) presentations by experts on a variety of local environmental issues then you can grab a drink and talk directly with the experts and your neighbors. You’ll have a chance to get all of your most pressing environmental questions and find out how to get involved. muchmores

Muchmores bar & venue
2 Havemeyer St (at N9th) in Williamsburg

Thur, Dec 3rd, 6:30-8:30pm
(presentations 7:00-7:15pm)

RSVP via Facebook here.

Presentations will include:

– Rita Pasarell, NAG’ s Board Chair, about NAG’s ToxiCity map and oversight of NuHart Plastics Superfund site in Greenpoint. Have you heard about the plumes of toxic chemicals and Superfund sites in North Brooklyn and want to know more? NAG’s ToxiCity map is an interactive GIS map highlighting areas of current and prior contamination – so you can zoom in to see what’s happened near your home. (See more info on the map project below.)

– Jessie Braden, Director of the Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) at Pratt Institute, will co-present about NAG’s ToxiCity map. Pratt’s SAVI created the interactive GIS map along with NAG.

– Justin Wood from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest will present about the “Transform Don’t Trash” campaign to reform the commercial waste hauling industry in NYC. Are you frustrated that most restaurants don’t recycle and wonder if your office doesn’t really recycle? Learn about the history of waste collection in NYC, how it’s shaped the current system [spoiler: the mafia was involved], and what you can do to help develop a greener and more transparent commercial waste collection system. (Local restaurant owners are especially encouraged to attend.)

– Jennie Romer, founder of and coordinator of the Bag It NYC coalition, will speak about the NYC Council bill that would put a 10-cent charge on all carryout bags (Intro. No. 209). Similar legislation has led to drastic reductions in plastic bag consumption in other cities. Jennie is a national expert on the issue and has a wealth of knowledge to share. If plastic bag litter and single-use culture annoys you, come learn how to support the bag bill.

Other environmental experts that will be in attendance include:

Laura Rosenshine, founder of Common Ground Compost, compost and restaurant sustainability consultant

Lilly Belanger, Program Director, No Impact Project

Naama Tamir, owner of Lighthouse restaurant and on the sustainability committee for Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants (BABAR)

Willis Elkins, Program Manager , Newtown Creek Alliance

Ana de Luco, founder of Sure We Can bottle and can redemption center on McKibbin Street in East Williamsburg, which is also conducting a foodscrap composting program for local restaurants

Caroline Bauer, Director of the Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint project at Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce

Korin Tangtrakul, GIS Analyst and Community Engagement Coordinator at Grey to Green (coordinator of Open Sewer Atlas NYC for Newtown Creek watershed)

Let us know if you’re an environmental/sustainability expert planning to attend and we’ll add you to this list!

More about NAG’s Mapping Project

In an effort to educate residents about the neighborhood’s toxic past, NAG is working with Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) to create an interactive GIS map highlighting areas of current and prior contamination. The funding for this project is provided by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

The map displays polluted and potentially polluted sites in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, categorized by site type. Specifically, the map aggregates publicly available data to plot properties subject to environmentally-related regulation by government agencies, locations of prior oil and other chemical spills, plumes of various chemicals, hazardous materials, Superfund sites, the locations of waste transfer stations and the area’s truck routes. Demographics information is also displayed.

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