Power in Community Energy Competition

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Plastic-Free Food Containers

I just got these fantastic watertight stainless steel food
containers and I love using them. They are an excellent plastic
alternative. If you're looking for a good lunchbox or leftover food
container I recommend these.

Stainless Steel Airtight Watertight Food Storage Container/Lunch Box

These organic cotton drawstring bags are also great - I use them for
grocery shopping and packing lunch. They are great for vegetables,
fruit, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, etc. This is the type of
bulk bag I've been thinking about making and selling at cost at
community events. They are so useful! Another great alternative to
petroleum plastic bags and containers.

Organic Cotton Muslin Produce & Snack Bag

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Other sustainable groups doing interesting things in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Skillshare

"The Brooklyn Skillshare is a communal, hands-on, learning experience that aims to serve as a jumping-off point in the construction of an autonomous, nonexclusive, reciprocal learning community."

Brooklyn Green Team A team of Brooklyn superheros dedicated to reducing our environmental impact and inspiring others. POW. YOU'VE BEEN GREENED.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Help Bring Butterflies to Windsor Terrace

Last week a flyer for the Windsor Terrace Greenway Project appeared in my mailbox. The group aims to encourage residents in the Windsor Terrace area to plant butterfly and bird friendly plants to support travel for birds and butterflies between Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetary.

Find out more at the brooklynbutterflyproject.org

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Powerpoint slides from June 17th event

The powerpoint was too big to display in one file so here you go:

Part 1: Energy conservation
Part 2: Weatherization
Part 3: Solar Thermal
Part 4: Solar PV

SKWT Inaugural Event: Energy Conservation Teach-in

On Wednesday, June 17th, we held an energy conservation "teach-in" at the Oak and Iris.

With the goal of increasing sustainable strategies in the neighborhood, we asked local providers of weatherization and solar installations to speak about the costs, benefits and incentives associated with this work.

The agenda included:
  • Energy Conservation information: How much energy do residential buildings use and where does that energy come from?

  • Weatherization: Waste less energy through air sealing, increased insulation, window upgrades and improved ventilation.

  • Solar Energy: Learn if your building is a good candidate for installing solar panels and start making your own electricity and hot water.

  • Meet neighbors who have weatherized their homes and installed solar panels.

  • Hear from local Contractors and Providers about costs, financial and environmental benefits and government incentives to help offset the costs.
We had about 35 people in attendance and heard from representatives of:

Aeon Solar

A.S.K. Construction (weatherization contractors)

Ellen Honigstock Architect PC (Solar hot water)

Solar One - Advocacy and policy around solar energy.

One Block Off The Grid - California based solar bulk buying club.

Thanks to all these providers and to the Oak and Iris for hosting us.

Welcome to Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace

Hi Everybody!

Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace is a project started by two Brooklyn neighbors, Sarah Goodman of Windsor Terrace, an environmental educator, and Ellen Honigstock of Kensington, an architect specializing in sustainable strategies for existing buildings.

Our goal is to build community through education and actions focused on reducing our local environmental impact.

Join us!