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2016 Urban Ecology Lecture Series
Once a month, our guest panelists bring perspectives on timely and practical aspects of urban ecology from science, history, social science and professional fields through short, dynamic presentations and lively panel discussions that include Q&A with the audience.
2,000 Gallon Project
The 2,000 Gallon Project reimagines the common commercial dumpster to make a visual statement about how retaining stormwater can help prevent combined sewage overflow (CSO) into the Gowanus Canal.
Rainwater Harvesting Workshops
The GCC will be hosting a series of workshops on the environmental challenges of the Gowanus Canal and the Green Infrastructure measures taking place in the neighborhood. View upcoming workshop dates here.
Gowanus Blue Green Infrastructure Fellowship
Project period: January 2016-June 2017
The Gowanus Blue Initiative organizes Gowanus students, residents and businesses to bring CSO reduction closer to 100% in the Gowanus Canal by 2030. The Gowanus Canal, a 1.8 mile long industrial waterway in the heart of Brooklyn New York, receives approximately 377 million gallons of combined sewage overflow (CSO) every year. Under both the EPA Superfund and the Clean Water Act, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be installing green and grey infrastructure in the Gowanus Watershed to achieve a 58-74% CSO reduction by 2030. CSO reduction could be markedly increased by accompanying interventions and behavior changes in private homes, schools and and businesses throughout the 1,700 acre Gowanus Watershed. The Green Infrastructure Fellow will work on a team with the Gowanus Blue GI Metrics Analyst, Illustrator and GCC Education Director during the first phase of this multi-year project. Download the position description to apply for the Gowanus Blue Green Infrastructure Fellow. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis during Fall 2016.
2016 Urban Ecology Lecture Series
Plants, animals, humans, economy, culture and infrastructure all make up our urban ecology. These elements are constantly interacting, creating both change and equilibrium in a complex environment. Once a month, our guest panelists bring perspectives on timely and practical aspects of urban ecology from science, history, social science and professional fields through short, dynamic presentations and lively panel discussions that include Q&A with the audience.
Please click here to see more information about our upcoming lectures.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm
543 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215
Lecture entrance is through the alleyway gate on Nevins St. There is $5 suggested donation at the door, and Brooklyn Brewery beer will be available for a $3 suggested donation.
New Yorkers generate waste every day. In a city of 8.4 million people, that waste adds up. New York City's Department of Sanitation collects 10,000 tons of waste from NYC residents every day, along with another 1,500 tons of recyclables. The environmental and economic costs of all of that consumption and waste are unsustainable. We spend well over $300 million annually to send our waste to out of state landfills, and generate potent greenhouse gases both in transit and landfilling. Mayor DeBlasio established a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. This panel discussion will explore public policy, legislative, and non-profit approaches to engage New Yorkers in reducing waste. They will discuss how the new plastic bag fee, organics recycling, and materials re-use can bring us closer to zero waste.
Brieanne Berry, University of Maine
Andrew Hoyles, NYC Department of Sanitation
Justin Green, Big Reuse
Brad Lander, New York City Council
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The Gowanus Greenscape is emerging -- parks, bioswales, street end gardens and esplanades. Help develop a vision for a vibrant open space network that reflects the needs and priorities of the people who live, work, and play in this neighborhood.
Did you know that every change-of-use development along the Canal will include a 40' wide waterfront public park? What do you think these parks should look and feel like? Make your voice heard by taking part in fun visioning activities at several of our new waterfront public spaces.
Or, participate in our interactive map to let us know what you think of existing public space, and where you want more of them!
2,000 Gallon Project
The 2,000 Gallon Project reimagines the common commercial dumpster to make a visual statement about how retaining stormwater can help prevent combined sewage overflow (CSO) into the Gowanus Canal. The Canal, in the heart of Brooklyn, is one of America’s most polluted waterways. Its watershed consists of approximately 1,800 acres of densely developed land, and homes for 122,000 residents, who contribute to the annual 377 million gallons of CSO into the Canal. New York City is investing in grey and green infrastructure throughout the Watershed to lessen CSOs, including about 90 curbside rain gardens, or bioswales, and two large sewage detention tanks totalling 12 million gallons of storage. These projects will have substantive impacts on the amount of untreated sewage entering the Canal, but will not solve the problem entirely. Each dumpster is 2,000 gallons - the amount of stormwater managed by each new bioswale - and serve as an aboveground visualization of the physical volume of managed stormwater. Each and every person that lives, works or plays in the Gowanus Watershed can contribute to the solution, by lessening water use during storms and retaining stormwater at their home, school or business to achieve 0 gallons of CSO into the Canal, and make the Gowanus Blue.
Watch our progress as we plant and deploy 10 dumpsters!
Help make Gowanus Blue! Residents, businesses and schools can learn how to make a rainwater harvesting system at our free workshop series.
GCC Pop-Up Nursery
*Our Summer hours are shorter due to the heat! Please be sure to check the calendar for updates.
This growing season, check out our Pop-Up Nursery at the corner of Carroll & Nevins! Volunteers and students will be helping us grow a wide array of mostly native plants well-adapted to our urban conditions. These plants will be installed in gardens throughout the Watershed, and are also for sale. See list of plants currently available here.
Thanks to Alloy for hosting and Greenbelt Native Plant Center for supporting our 2016 Nursery.
The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is an independent environmental 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2006. More >