Join NAG for Another Environmental Happy Hour at Muchmores in Williamburg

Our Environmental Happy Hour in December was a great success so we’re hosting another one, with all new speakers.  For updated information and to RSVP please see the Facebook event page.

The happy hour will be hosted by NAG’s community organizer Jennie Romer and will feature short (5 minute) talks by:

– Mike Schade, is the Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and locally is on the board of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), steering committee of McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA), and Co-Chair of the Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG). Mike will present on NAG’s technical assistant grant (TAG) for the NuHart State Superfund site in Greenpoint (including a plume of toxic phthalates and TCE). NAG recently hired an expert environmental consultant to provide the community with an educated opinion on proposed clean-up plans for the site and facilitate community involvement in the process. Find out how to get involved!NAG Dec hapy hour

– Caroline Bauer, Director of the Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint project at Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce will present about the Curb Your Litter mapping project and opportunities to participate in community clean-ups (and waste characterization assessments) in the spring.

– Steve Chesler, Organizer, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park will present about the 28 acre park that the City promised as part of the 2005 re-zoning, and what community members can do to make sure that the City lives up to its promises.

– Jacqueline Espinal, Program Manager for Green Jobs-Green New York at El Puente will present about El Puente’s programs in Southside of Williamsburg aimed at conducting outreach to residential, non-profit, and small commercial building owners to participate in the Green Jobs – Green New York (GJGNY) free and reduced-cost energy audit program, and to complete retrofit work on their buildings.

– Willis Elkins, Program Manager, Newtown Creek Alliance and Korin Tangtrakul, GIS Analyst and Community Engagement Coordinator for Open Sewer Atlas NYC, will present about Grey to Green, will present about the Open Sewer Atlas. Do you want to learn more about Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) that release raw sewage into NYC waterways pretty much whenever it rains? Come get grossed out.

The talks are purposefully short so that you’ll have plenty of time to grab a drink and talk directly with the experts and your neighbors. 

Other environmental experts that will be in attendance include:

– Jennie Romer, NAG community orgaizer, founder of plasticbaglaws.organd coordinator of the Bag It NYC coalition

– Ryan Kuonen, NAG Board Member and community organizer extraordinaire

– Rita Pasarell, NAG’ s Board Chair (ask her about NAG’s ToxiCity map)

– Adanna Roberts, Citizen Participation Specialist 2, Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 2 in NYC

– Lilly Belanger, Program Director, No Impact Project

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

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

– 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

– Joe Mayock, Executive Director, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

– Sarah Knispel, Organizer, Organizations United for Trash Reduction & Garbage Equity (O.U.T.R.A.G.E.)

– Lisa Scheppke, Restoration Project Coordinator, American Littoral Society

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

Event Details:

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

Thur, Feb 18th, 6:30-8:30pm
(presentations 7:00-7:30pm)

About NAG
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth developed out of our neighborhood’s desire to recapture its waterfront, reduce local environmental hazards, and advocate for public policies promoting healthy mixed-use communities. We advocate with and for the people who live and work in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

Our approach to these issues is guided by the principle that our entire community is entitled to participate in decision-making and negotiation processes affecting our neighborhood, leadership of local mobilization efforts, and the design of a future vision for our community.

Current projects include our ToxiCity Map, advocating for the completion of Bushwick Inlet Park, organizing the community on the State Superfund Process for the NuHart site in Greenpoint, transportation improvement campaigns, and partnering with the Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint! project.

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