Creating Green Buffers in the Greenpoint Industrial Area: A Community Planning Initiative 2018-12-11T16:06:01+00:00

Project Description

Creating Green Buffers in the Greenpoint Industrial Area: A Community Planning Initiative

Project Lead: New York City Soil and Water Conservation District
Project Partners: New York City Audubon Society; McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; and Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange
Project Location: Industrial area bounded by Norman Avenue, Nassau Avenue, Kingsland Street and Van Dam Street
GCEF Grant: $97,675
Matching Contribution: $25,230
Fact Sheet: Creating Green Buffers PDF
Project Status: Completed (May 2018)

In 2015, the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District received $97,675 of GCEF funding (and provided $28,472 in matching funds) to engage Greenpoint business owners and operators, and residents in a planning initiative for the industrial area of Eastern Greenpoint that focuses on creating more natural habitats and “green infrastructure” (i.e., in ground planting, above ground planters, green walls, etc.) in the community and reducing the amount of stormwater entering the sewer system. Major project activities included:

  • Conducting education and outreach, such as fact sheets and walking tours, to introduce residents and businesses to the problems associated with stormwater, the benefits of green infrastructure, and the value of natural habitats for native birds and plants
  • Recruiting residents and members of the business community to participate in a collaborative planning process to guide and direct the project
  • Conducting project surveys and compiling existing environmental data for the project area to inform siting of potential natural habitats and green infrastructure
  • Developing a plan with potential project implementation strategies (permitting, funding, local capacity, etc.)
  • Conducting a public meeting for community members, businesses and public officials to share the resulting plan for adding additional natural habitats and green infrastructure in Greenpoint
PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Developed a greening plan for the industrial area of Greenpoint through community workshops, stakeholder meetings, and business outreach. The plan was presented to the public at the project wrap-up meeting on March 28, 2018. Click to view the Creating Green Buffers in the Greenpoint Industrial Area Plan [40 MB PDF]
  • Reached out to more than 100 businesses in the study area, met with dozens of business owners and managers and identified about half a dozen with an interest in greening projects
  • Produced fact sheets on stormwater, water quality, native plants and migratory and nesting birds which were distributed at the final community workshop as well as other local meetings and events
  • Hosted 4 public events about creating more natural habitats and “green infrastructure.” Held 2 community workshops to develop a greening plan as well as conducted an environmental conditions assessment using existing publicly available data, which is detailed in the final greening plan