NAG's Environmental Happy Hour

  • Muchmore's 2 Havemeyer Street Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG)'s environmental happy hour is every third Tuesday of every even month and is hosted by NAG's former environmental community organizer (and national plastic bag policy expert, founder of plasticbaglaws.org) Jennie Romer. This month's happy hour will feature short (5 minute) presentations by:

- Cheryl Kingan, Coffee Buyer for Cafe Grumpy, will discuss aspects of sustainability in the coffee supply chain. In addition to curating Cafe Grumpy's seasonal coffee menu, she works with producers and exporters to help improve coffee quality and support community projects in Central America and East Africa.

- Saleen Shah, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Citizens Committee for New York City, will discuss how New Yorkers residing and working in the most underserved parts of the city get involved with the organization’s Neighborhood Grants program, through which community-based volunteer groups implement environmental projects and help improve quality of life.

- Sam Silver, Education & Outreach Director at Sims Municipal Recycling (NYC's contractor for all metal glass and plastic residential curbside recycling), will tell us exactly what happens to our curbside recycling (collection, sorting by material, sale as a commodity) and answer your questions about NYC's waste/recycling systems and 0x30!

- Alessandro Ciari from Trash Free Waters will present about the status of NYC's ban on EPS (aka Styrofoam) food service containers. The ban was adopted in 2013 then was caught up in a lawsuit by EPS manufacturers and now those same manufacturers are trying to block the ban again with a new City Council bill. Come learn about the saga of the NYC EPS ban and what local environmental and community groups are doing about it!

- Willis Elkins,Program Manager at Newtown Creek Alliance, will discuss the Newtown Creek Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan process and meetings. Find out how to get involved with the creek!