EcoBrooklynThe Center's EcoBrooklyn environmental sustainability initiative focused on sustainability education. The Center facilitated the drafting of Brooklyn College's 10 Year Sustainability Plan, and engaged faculty and students in a sustainability reflection project.
If the Center for the Study of Brooklyn is going to talk the talk and walk the walk, we'd better start at home! As part of its EcoBrooklyn initiative, the Center facilitated the production of the City University of New York (CUNY)-mandated Brooklyn College Ten Year Sustainability Plan. In order to help fulfill the mandates of PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg asked CUNY and its 23 institutions to reduce their carbon footprint by 30 percent in 10 years. In the summer and fall of 2008, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn convened visioning sessions with over 100 Brooklyn College faculty, staff and students in the areas of Energy; Water; Transportation; Waste Management and Recycling; Sustainable Procurement; Food, Health and Nutrition; and Education and Outreach in order to produce a comprehensive plan to meet the CUNY mandate, and become a role model in the university campus greening movement.
Greening of Me Project
The Center for the Study of Brooklyn began a pilot project in 2008 with Brooklyn College faculty to engage students in a fifth "R"- Reflect- of the conventionally cited four "R's" of going green. Going green can be overwhelming to say the least, and before anyone begins the process of renewing, reusing, recycling and reducing in earnest, it is imperative to do an assessment of where one is currently in their green practices. In Brooklyn College English and History classes, the Center worked with students to produce Greening of Me interviewing and journaling projects.