June 16, 2014
Invites You to a Sustainable Bike Ride through Brooklyn!
Join us on Saturday, June 28th for a bike tour and inside look at three of the most sustainable spots in Brooklyn: a sustainable salvage retail outlet, an electronic waste recycling facility, and a yummy green café! Guests will bike to three cutting-edge spaces for behind-the-scenes tours guided by the architects and facilities staff leading each project. Afterwards, we’ll relax for a bite at Habana Outpost, New York’s first eco-eatery. Afterwards, we’ll relax and have a bite at Habana Outpost, New York’s first eco-eatery. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes, or may choose to walk the tour route.
Date: Saturday, June 28th 2014
Time: 10 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $8 before June 23rd; $12 after June 23
BuildItGreen! NYC is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Their mission is to reduce the amount of unnecessary construction and demolition (C&D) waste clogging landfills, which contribute to pollution, GHG emissions, climate change and global warming, while offering deep discounts on product resale. Founded in late 2004, their Queens warehouse opened in February of 2005 and their second reuse center opened in Brooklyn in November 2011. Learn more at www.bignyc.org.
The Warehouse hosts a unique and innovative community-based program that allows residents to dispose of unwanted or broken electronics in an environmentally responsible way. The program started in 2003 and offers free collection events in neighborhoods throughout the city, accepting computers, monitors and peripherals (printers, keyboards and mice) as well as TV’s and cell phones.
This tour will take guests behind the scenes of the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s electronic waste recycling warehouse. The drop-off center can accommodate nearly 260,000 pounds of e-waste and accepts deliveries from homes, small businesses, and nonprofits from all over the metro area. Guests are welcome to bring unwanted electronics, like old cellphones and batteries.
Habana Outpost Brooklyn has green features in almost every facet of its operations. There are solar panels to generate electricity. A “sunlight chandelier” channels outside light into the restaurant. There’s a rainwater collection system that sanitizes, filters, and stores water. A human-powered blender does the mixing. The electric lighting system features state of the art fluorescent bulbs. The picnic tables are made from recycled plastic and sawdust. The plates, cups and cutlery are 100% biodegradable or compostable.
Space is limited and tickets are going fast!