Greenpoint Business Environmental Stewardship 2019-06-05T16:00:07+00:00

Project Description

Greenpoint Business Environmental Stewardship

Project Lead: New York City Industrial & Technology Assistance Corporation
Project Partners: Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center; Greenpoint businesses; and New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Project Location: Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant: $99,998
Matching Contribution: $197,812
Fact Sheet: Greenpoint Business Environmental Stewardship PDF
Project Status: Completed (August 2018)

In 2015, New York City Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC) received a $99,998 GCEF grant (and provided $197,812 in matching funds) to improve Greenpoint’s environment by helping businesses implement projects that are environmentally and financially beneficial. Major project activities funded by GCEF included:

  • Working with local manufacturing companies in Greenpoint to identify and implement environmental improvements within their operations that would have a long-term positive and sustained impact on the community
  • Working with community partners, including local Chambers of Commerce, to engage the Greenpoint manufacturing community in learning about sustainable best practices
  • Screening approximately 10 companies in Greenpoint, and providing3 of these with assessments and implementation support to “green” their operations
  • Working with the 3 selected companies to identify environmental improvement opportunities specific to their manufacturing processes (i.e. improve water quality, reduce toxic pollutants, and improve air quality), as well as opportunities for source reduction of waste streams and more efficient use of resources (water, energy, raw materials)
  • Preparing case studies of environmental improvements at the selected 3 companies: Click to View Case Studies (PDF)
  • Conducting a workshop for Greenpoint manufacturers and the community on sustainable manufacturing best practices

Photo Above: Dennis Hurd, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • Screened Greenpoint area manufacturing companies to identify those with the largest potential for environmental improvement in their manufacturing processes and invited 35 manufacturing firms to attend an orientation event.
  • Conducted process assessments at 3 selected businesses.
  • Provided direct financial and technical assistance to the same 3 selected businesses to improve the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes.
  • Developed a “Sustainable Supplier Program” for Argosy Designs, a Greenpoint metal fabricator, after determining during the process assessment that the company’s customers prioritize products which are manufactured in an environmentally sustainable manner. Specifically, the project determined that Argosy customers request accurate and transparent information on recycled content, material ingredients, and other product specifications in order to choose products with the highest environmental ratings for the purpose of achieving Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other “green” building certifications. With assistance from the GCEF projects, Argosy has developed documentation, data, and other information to effectively respond to these requests.
  • Created an alternative cookie recipe at Ovenly, a Greenpoint bakery, which reduced the need for raw materials (ingredients) and waste and increased the useable finished product, resulting in operational savings and increased revenue. Ovenly plans to incorporate this alternative recipe format across all its recipes, further increasing savings and revenue.
  • Optimized the layout of a walk-in freezer at Van Leeuwen, a Greenpoint ice cream manufacturer, by better arranging product in the freezers and designing an easy to use inventory management system with diagrams so employees know where products are located that is expected to reduce freezer energy usage by 10% or more and increase the useful life of the freezer equipment.
  • Presented case studies on the environmental improvements achieved by these three companies at a workshop on sustainable manufacturing best practices attended by representatives from local businesses, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and a local economic development corporation.