Greenpoint Business Environmental Stewardship 2020-03-06T18:52:04+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
Project Completed: August 2018

In 2015, through a competitive process, 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 environmentally and financially beneficial improvements. The project focused on 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. Project activities funded through GCEF included: working with community partners, including the local Chambers of Commerce, to engage the Greenpoint manufacturing community in learning about sustainable best practices; screening up to 10 companies in Greenpoint, and providing 3 of them with assessments and implementation support to “green” their operations. Additional project activities included working with the 3 selected companies to identify environmental improvement opportunities specific to their manufacturing processes (i.e. improving water and air quality, reducing toxic pollutants and waste streams more efficient use of resources; and preparing case studies of environmental improvements at the selected 3 companies.

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, and provided direct financial and technical assistance to these businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes
  • Developed a “Sustainable Supplier Program” for Argosy Designs, a Greenpoint metal fabricator, which provides data and documentation of “green” building certifications to customers.  These certifications provide a determination that a customer prioritizes the use of products that are environmentally sustainable, including products with recycled content, material ingredients, and other “environmental friendly” specifications
  • Created an alternative cookie recipe model at Ovenly, a Greenpoint bakery, that increased the useable finished product, thereby reducing waste generation as well as providing operational savings and increased revenue
  • Optimized the layout of a walk-in freezer at Van Leeuwen, a Greenpoint ice cream manufacturer, and designed an easy-to-use inventory management system so that employees could more easily located products.  These improvements resulted in freezer energy usage being reduced by 10% or more, and an increase the useful life of the freezer equipment
  • Presented case studies on the environmental improvements achieved by these 3 companies at a workshop on sustainable manufacturing best practices, and attended by local businesses, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and a local economic development corporation