Friday, May 8, 2009

CM James Supports Green FG and CH Initiative, "Greening Business & Community" Project


May 8, 2009

Council Member Letitia James and Attorney Jed Marcus Support the Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill Initiative, a ‘Greening Businesses and Community’ Project Underway within the 35th Council District

Council Member James joins Jed Marcus, coordinator of the Fort Greene Association’s Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill (GFGCH) spring greening initiatives, for a press event on Tuesday, May 12th, at 2:30 pm, in front of Marcus Attorneys, located at 13 Greene Avenue (near Fulton St.)

(Brooklyn, NY) - The FGA’s Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill spring greening initiatives are in full swing, and next Tuesday Council Member Letitia James and Attorney Jed Marcus will be discussing the importance of reducing our community’s contribution to global warming, as well as our use of non-renewable resources. Green Fort Green & Clinton Hill is a volunteer organization, which is helping to make our neighborhoods more environmentally friendly.

Next Tuesday will begin with volunteer students from the Academy for Young Writers working with Jed Marcus to distribute the “green business survey” to local businesses. These high school students will join the press conference, along with other elected officials and representatives from the eco-eatery Habana Outpost, New York’s first solar powered restaurant located in Fort Greene.

Other subjects that will be discussed at the press conference include recycling in parks: this project is taking place on a pilot basis in Fort Greene Park, Cuyler Gore Park, as well as Underhill Playground. Bins will be placed first for paper, and then for bottles and cans later this month. Lawn Litter Act signs: GFGCH is distributing free waterproof signs to prevent unwanted paper waste and to encourage businesses to promote themselves in a more green way, such as through their websites. Tree bed expansions: in order to maintain the health of trees that line the streets of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill - GFGCH with Council Member James want to expand tree beds to 50 square feet. This project called Take Back the Pavement will create longer living trees and more shade, safer sidewalks, as well as jobs for the community.

Who: Council Member Letitia James, Attorney Jed Marcus, and Academy for Young Writers students

What: Press Conference highlighting the Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill spring greening initiatives

When: Tuesday, May 12th at 2:30 pm, in front of 13 Greene Avenue - near corner of Fulton Street

Contacts: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191, and Jenna Payne at (718) 643-6555


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