Feasibility Study for Greenpoint Community Compost Site
|Project Lead:||Build It Green! NYC|
|Project Partners:||Newtown Creek Alliance; Brooklyn College’s Environmental Sciences Analytical Center; Greenpointers.com; The Garden; Down to Earth Farmers Markets – McGolrick Park; NYC Department of Sanitation; and Community Environmental Center|
|2014 GCEF Grant:||$12,500|
|GCEF Grant Amount Disbursed:||$2,559|
|2014 Matching Contribution:||$5,000|
|Project Terminated:||June 2015|
In 2014, through a competitive process, Build It Green! NYC received a $12,500 GCEF grant (and provided $5,000 in matching funds) to study the feasibility of developing a community compost site in Greenpoint to be operated by BIG!Compost. Composting helps divert organic waste from landfills, and compost can then be used to improve soils in tree beds, gardens, and parks. The planned feasibility study sought to examine community attitudes toward composting; potential composting locations; the possibility of using produced compost to remediate soil in Greenpoint; and the costs and benefits of various composting technologies.
The project was terminated due to Build It Green! NYC’s suspension of activities and elimination of staff central to the project’s implementation. Before the project’s termination, GCEF allocated $2,559 (of the $12,500 earmarked) to the project to conduct evaluations of the physical and operational demands of a community composting operation; use GIS software to find properties potentially suitable as composting sites; and to develop a questionnaire for a community needs assessment.