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.

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.

State, Local & Federal Officials Discuss Newtown Creek Remediation at LAGCC

EPA2U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D Queens, Manhattan) hosted a public information session and a press conference at LaGuardia Community College on June 21 where Environmental Protection Agency officials shared details of the recently approved plan to clean up heavily polluted Newtown Creek with members of the Western Queens community; faculty, staff and students of the College; the media and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

Envisioning Newtown Creek: Past, Present and Future

Urban Studies Symposium

NewtownimageMay 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Little Theater at LaGuardia Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Newtown Creek, a polluted industrial waterway right in LaGuardia’s backyard, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Come learn more about community and government efforts to clean up the creek and join in a discussion about classroom projects, activities and ways that LaGuardia can become more involved in revitalizing Newtown Creek.

Rep. Maloney Advocates for Queens Side of Newtown Creek at LaGuardia Press Conference

RepMaloneyU.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney and other Queens leaders recently held a press conference at LaGuardia Community College to draw attention to the Environmental Protection Agency’s focus on Brooklyn in its testing and potential cleanup plan for Newtown Creek. “That is why we are sending a letter today, to the EPA’s administrator, Lisa Jackson, with one simple request: to not forget Queens,” said Rep. Maloney.


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