Greenpoint Industrial Environmental Improvement Program
|Project Lead:||Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange|
|Project Partners:||Greenpoint-based businesses; and eDesign Dynamics|
|Fact Sheet:||Greenpoint Industrial Environmental Improvement Program PDF|
|Project Status:||Terminated (March 2018)|
In 2015, Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange received $34,260 in GCEF funding (and provided $12,627 in matching funds) to engage a group of Greenpoint industrial businesses to research, design, and implement capital improvements that have a visible and quantifiable benefit to the community’s environment. Goals of the project included:
- Conducting outreach to owners of local industrial businesses to identify potential sites for improvement in Greenpoint
- Conducting an initial feasibility analysis to identify improvements that are cost-effective, have significant environmental benefit, and offer substantial public access opportunities
- Once the feasibility analysis is complete, selecting 2-4 business location to receive support for design and construction of improvements
- Soliciting construction bids for each improvement
- Reviewing potential improvements, and overseeing initial design and implementation
NOTE: In November 2017, the project was amended to reduce the original number of businesses to receive support for design and construction of capital improvements to one business. This amendment was necessary because, despite the project conducting more site visits than initially proposed, only one viable business partner for the project was identified.
In March 2018, the project was terminated due to issues at the site chosen for capital improvements. The project team had developed a concept for a modular (i.e. removable) demonstration rain garden in the courtyard of a publicly accessible building. However, the building owners ultimately decided that the rain garden would be incompatible with their desire to maintain flexibility in their courtyard for multiple use demands. Before the project’s termination, GCEF allocated $34,260 to fund outreach efforts to businesses, feasibility analyses of potential sites, a concept design for the chosen site, and the services of a design consultant, eDesign Dynamics.
- Reached out to over 650 Greenpoint-based industrial businesses through public information sessions, door to door canvassing, e-blasts, and other social media outreach about the benefits of green infrastructure implementation for industrial areas and associated co-benefits for businesses and the community’s environment.
- Conducted 15 initial site visits to assess potential green infrastructure implementation locations.
- Held nine follow-up feasibility site visits with eDesign Dynamics.
- Raised awareness within Greenpoint’s industrial community about the benefits of environmental improvements to their businesses, which led to initial investigations into the feasibility of large-scale green roof projects at two separate locations.
- Based on the knowledge and experience gained through this project, Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange continues to partner with other GCEF grantees on projects throughout Greenpoint to educate industrial businesses and property owners about the benefits of green infrastructure.