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Greenpoint Environmental Benefits Projects Community Consultation

March 21, 2012: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
The Polish National Home/ Club Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. map

Thanks in large part to Riverkeeper’s activism and litigation around the Greenpoint oil spill, ExxonMobil agreed to a 2011 settlement that requires it to, among other things, spend $19.5 million on projects that benefit the environment and public health in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Now, the public is being asked to submit ideas for environmental benefit projects (EBPs) that could be funded. According to the settlement, EBPs will be designed to secure significant environmental improvements and address environmental areas of concern, such as water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and air quality. A preliminary list of project types considered consistent with Greenpoint priorities and state policies include:

  • Environmental education programs
  • Existing park/open space rehabilitation
  • Acquisition/creation of new park/open space
  • Stormwater management (such as green roofs)
  • Clean energy (such as solar panels)
  • Community facilities that provide a significant environmental improvement
  • Waterfront/waterway access
  • Urban forestry
  • Air quality improvements
  • Biological remediation of soil and/or water

The meeting will cover the EBP process, solicit community ideas for projects and review proposed community preferences for criteria to be used by New York Stae in selecting a general fiscal administrator to manage the EBP process. It will be hosted by:

  • New York State
  • Enviro-Sciences Engineering/ARC Engineering & Construction, P.C., the state’s community outreach consultant
  • Greenpoint EBPs Community Advisory Panel (CAP)

Please contact Laura Truettner at 646-872-4157 or [email protected] with questions or comments about the Greenpoint EBPs.

State contacts are Michelle Moore of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation ([email protected]) and Peter Washburn of the Office of the NYS Attorney General ([email protected]).

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