EPA Holds Two Newtown Creek Info Sessions at LAGCC

EPAInfoSmallWith the long awaited cleanup of the Newtown Creek finally scheduled to begin this fall, the public was invited to learn more about the project at two EPA information sessions held at LaGuardia Community College on October 27.
Local residents and LaGuardia faculty and staff spoke to EPA representatives and perused posters that graphically laid out the first-year activities of the 17- to 22-year-long project that is expected to cost up to $1 billion.


How We're Helping to Clean Up Newtown Creek

newtownwater2Newtown Creek, a highly polluted estuary between Brooklyn and Queens will finally be getting a clean up with the help of LaGuardia Community College. The site of industrial dumping and a 30 million gallon oil spill that started in the 1950s, Newtown Creek has become one of the most polluted waterways in the country and was designated a Superfund site last year.

The EPA will be holding two public meetings on the clean-up at LaGuardia Community College on October 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Second Season at Brooklyn Grange

Text and photos by Ashley Balavender

Honeybees, chickens and chard, oh my!
laggrangegroupBrooklyn Grange’s second growing season was in full swing when a group of LaGuardia Community College students walked over to 37-18 Northern Blvd. for a visit. The members of the College’s Campus Improvement Association (CIA) and Green Actions for Sustainable Practices (GRASP) had heard about the rooftop farm and were eager to see it for themselves. Led by urban farmer, Managing Partner and Co-Founder Gwen Schantz, the students took a tour of the 40,000 sq. ft. farm.

Extraordinary Students in Sustainability

Text and photos by Ashley Balavender
MELSgroupIf you’re lucky, there comes a time when the work you do to promote sustainability, however small in scale, is recognized by someone. I was fortunate enough to catch the attention of a very passionate group of students from the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, Queens.

MELS, as the students, faculty and staff affectionately call it, is “A School for a Sustainable City,” which opened in 2010 and provides 6th and 7th graders with hands-on learning focused on science, technology and sustainability.

“The Sustainability Council: A Report from the Field” by Anthony Lugo & Judi O'Toole

recyclelagIn 2007, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein took up Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017, and began a general sustainability initiative throughout the University’s senior and two-year colleges.

Soon after, LaGuardia Community College formed its Sustainability Council, coordinated by Executive Director of Facilities and Planning Shahir Erfan. In the last four years, the Council of administrators, students, faculty and staff have met significant challenges and created initiatives in the areas of energy, recycling, nutrition and student outreach and education.

Green Jobs Training Program: Waste Management

wastemanagementEnter the fast-growing green industry! The Green Jobs Training Program at LaGuardia Community College, offered in partnership with Queens Botanical Garden, is a series of free training courses that will introduce you to the principles of sustainability and provide the skills necessary to work for companies with a green focus.


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