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WISHES YOU SEASONS GREETINGS


Happy Holidays and THINK GREEN!





At this time of year, we’d like to stop and say thank you to

all the visitors we’ve had, and to those who’ve joined our cause.

 

While you’re shopping for loved ones in the next week or so,
we hope you’ll remember all the great organizations that
need your help in this challenging economic climate.

 

 

 WE WISH YOU A HAPPY, SAFE 
AND HEALTHY 2010 HOLIDAY SEASON!

10 Ways Your Business Can Go Green

If you’ve got a business, one of the most profitable things you can do is to go green.


   Why Go Green                

Positive PR – Showing a commitment to recycling and energy-saving habits is a great way to boost your company’s profile. It gives you a reason to talk about your company and market it in a unique and consumer-friendly way.

Don’t just save money, earn more - some companies, such as Whole Foods and Harbec Plastics have generated millions for cost cutting moves. Marketing themselves as eco-friendly, they were able to get featured by major online and print publishers and generate the kind of publicity that money can’t buy.

For the rest of us, there are still dozens of little things we can do around our office that can save big in even the shortest amount of time. Some slight policy changes here and there and an active interest in learning new ways to be more aware of consumption, can and does make a big difference toward protecting the environment.

Here’s what you can do…

Rooftop Gardens - Many urban landscapes are now utilizing green rooftops. Having vegetation, even something as simple as grass on a rooftop not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but helps combat higher temperatures associated with urban environments.

Use Smaller Font – Aside from just recycling papers, using smaller front will actually saves reams per week. Other little paper saving tricks include double-sided printing and using electronic files over printed hardcopies. Not only will you be saving paper costs, but you’ll also be saving printing costs and trash-hauling costs. Hewlett Packard is one example of a company putting these ideas to use, recycling as much as 43 million pounds of paper – that’s about 367,000 trees.

Alternative Cooling – Portable air conditioners are another great way to save cooling cost. The average 1200 sq. foot office can see cooling costs as high as $3,000 per month. Instead of cooling the entire office, get each room a portable cooling unit that’ll do the same job at a margin of the cost of normal cooling.

Switching off – One of the most notorious office habits is leaving your PC running – now times this by the millions of business and times that by how many computers each business has! Simply switching your PC off can prevent an extra 1,000 pounds of greenhouse gases each year. Contrary to popular myth, this practice doesn’t hurt your computer, but if for any reason you have a program running or have a deep-rooted aversion to turning your computer off, then just set it to sleep mode before you call it a day.

Create a Niche - Many companies are quartering off a small section of their break room and setting up a small information section on eco-friendly habits. This not only shows your employees you're serious about conservation, but it reinforces positive office/home habits. Businesses can also encourage and reward employees for thinking of new ways to save around the office.

Refurbish Furniture - Rather than buying new office furniture, see if your existing furniture can be refurbished. Not only is refurbishing cheaper than buying new furniture, but it also helps companies do their part in not wasting resources.

Lighting – Lighting amounts to about 44 percent of an office’s electrical consumption. Little things like shutting off the lights at the end of the day or when you leave the room for more than ten minutes. A lot of companies have easily-adjustable automatic timers that can be adjusted to accommodate your new habits. However, if your office is part of a larger building, talk to your building’s management to see what they can do about a special set-up just for your floor or office.

Recyclables – Set up different types of receptacles for recycling. You can get a separate one for trash, paper, plastics, and even metals/plastics since many gadgets face the trash bin as new ones get purchased.

Eco-friendly Cleaning - The average office is cleaned about once a week, four times a month. Each time products are used with little thought of what they're made of and what companies are washing down the drain. Simply opting to go with using environmentally friendly cleaning products, companies can do a big part in conservation.

Solar Energy - Depending on the size of a business, some companies may want to look into solar energy panels as an alternative means of energy. While solar energy systems can be expensive to set up, they are considerably favorable systems for larger companies willing to invest in long term savings. An added bonus is that many states now offer incentives for solar energy users, including rebates and purchasing extra energy back from the company.
 

Posted on May 21, 2009 by: Shireen Qudosi

WHAT DOES ENVIRONMENT MEAN TO BEE?

Environmental Concerns BEE Is Focused On!


In nature, the totality of surrounding conditions. The world around you is your environment: air, sun, ground, sky, house, woods -- whatever you live within is your environment

In mental health, it is the atmosphere and the conditions surrounding you, like a good home, how you were raised and the people who you were around that shaped or influenced the way you developed mentally as you grew up.

In computer science, it is the conditions under which one operates a computer, as it relates to the hardware, operating platform or operating system. In computer hardware, it is the area of a computer's memory used by the operating system and some programs to store certain variables to which they need to frequently access.

Environment is the interrelationship between human beings, their natural surroundings and the environment they create.

Being harmful to the environment means not treating it as nature intended. Such as landfills, factories and even so simple such as not throwing garbage in trash cans. Any action that is contrary to how nature intended is being harmful to the environment.

It means the place you live at like the whole world is an enviroment and we should look after it but we do not.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Bunyan I. Bryant Ph.D.


Environmental Justice
(EJ) is broader in scope than Environmental Equity. It refers to those cultural norms and values, rules, regulations, behaviors, policies, and decisions to support sustainable communities, where people can interact with confidence that their environment is safe, nurturing, and productive. Environmental justice is served when people can realize their highest potential, without experiencing the "isms" Environmental justice is supported by decent paying and safe jobs; quality schools and recreation; decent housing and adequate health care; democratic decision-making and personal empowerment; and communities free of violence, drugs, and poverty. These are communities where both cultural and biological diversity are respected and highly revered and where distributed justice prevails.

We must focus on the disproportionate exposure of environmental hazardous on people of color, less fortunate and low-income communities. People of color, less fortunate and low-income groups suffer more from toxic-induced or aggravated disease and sickness than their more affluent counterparts. Because the market system gives rise to the organization of American society and its distribution patterns, microbes and viruses are the last agents--not the first--to examine for causality. The first place to look is a the social structure in which wealth is accumulated. If the social root of health and disease is the way in which society is organized, then community clean-up, pollution control, and preventive measures are only temporary stop-gaps. If we want to deal effectively with health risks and exposures, we must also deal with the structural components of poverty and racism. 

 

BEE's Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program

 
       Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. hereinafter referred to as “BEE” is a not-for-profit organization established December 2005. BEE working along with various organizations, including the New York City Police Department and the Community at large will sphere head a Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program similar to a program that Delia Hunley-Adossa ran in 2001 with the 88th Precinct Youth Council, Inc. Ms. Delia Hunley-Adossa “Dee” (a resident of Fort Greene/Clinton Hills for over 40 years), works primarily with underprivileged children in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hills Community. The organization is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status which increases its opportunities for funding resources. Funding is the primary impediment in her dream to incorporate Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program. 
 
Dedicated to making a difference in 2001, Ms. Delia Hunley-Adossa with the assistance of the 88th Precinct Commanding Officer and his Staff created several sports and recreation programs for upcoming youth in the community to divert youth from negative street life, enhance literacy and better the quality of life for the community. After some time, Ms. Hunley-Adossa became increasingly aware about low literacy levels of children that participate in programs. To help children improve reading ability and to increase their reading time the organization decided to add a literacy component.
 
The Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program will provide our participants/students, their parents, and the community with a unique experience to begin to establish positive lines of communication and develop a deeper understanding of each other. Additionally, this program is a vehicle for the youth to choose their own paths to becoming good productive citizens, life affirming skills and gain a more sophisticated knowledge about their future goals and aspirations. We need to invest is our precious commodity which is our youth at the front end of life and not the back end…Ms. Hunley-Adossa has been inspired by the following quote:
 
 
                                    “GREATNESS IS NOT WHAT YOU ACHIEVE, IT IS WHAT YOU INSPIRE OTHERS TO ACHIEVE”
                                                                                                        “Author Unknown”
 

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The “Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program” is intended to continuously build on self-esteem, goal setting and academic excellence while enhancing social skills, health consciousness as well as simply helping our youth to enhance their reading ability. Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. “BEE” promotes sustainable reading activities and opportunities that will encourage children to become more inspired about reading and all the external factors influencing the life and activities of people; giving them a stimulating learning environment. BEE seeks to build a strong partnership with community youth to foster moral, emotional growth, and physical growth which ultimately, will help them create a lasting positive intent for their future.

As a method of strategy for children, we promote literacy through basketball by selecting books that are age-appropriate and exciting for young aspired ball players. Participants are also encouraged to bring a book of their choice. We incorporate questions about the books to ensure that attention and comprehension took place. In turn, children engage in conversations that show how they identify with story characters.
 
Through this conscious effort, BEE wants to host four seasonal programs per year. Each program will run for six to eight weeks. Children will be required to complete six weekly reading sessions. To sustain proper structure of the program the literacy session will take place in an isolated area and will be scheduled for two hours per scheduled game. Children will read for twenty minutes as a team, with a partner, or with guest readers. To conclude each literacy program, an end-of-season celebration is provided to acknowledge participants for their commitment to literacy influencing the life and activities of our future youth!
 
Strategically, BEE intends to increase the awareness of family literacy and health throughout the Fort Green/Clinton Hill community by empowering parents and children with resources that are readily available to them but are under utilized by them. Sometimes families are reluctant to inquire about resources and others are uninformed about resources within their community. The organization will creatively facilitate and schedule workshops for parents and community members. By using games, arts & crafts, quizzes with prizes, parent talks, professionals in a myriad of fields relative to the project and promotional giveaways we will help parents realize the importance of their roles as concerned adults within the community. We emphasize parents to support youth and develop a routine that will sustain literacy in the lives of our children.
 
BASKETBALL - HEALTH BENEFITS
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and one of the most widely viewed. It is a team sport that involves two teams of five active players each trying to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 300cm (10 foot) high hoop (the ‘basket’) under organized rules. It is played on both indoor and outdoor courts. The size of the court, height of the basket, size of the basketball, and length of time that the game is played, all vary according to the age, size and skill level of players.

Basketball is a fast moving game that involves a lot of variety including shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense and much more.

HEALTH BENEFITS
Basketball involves a lot of starting and stopping. While not renowned as an aerobic sport, it is still a great workout that can help you:
 
·         Burn calories (an hour of basketball can burn 630–750 calories).
·         Build endurance.
·         Improve coordination.
·         Develop concentration and self-discipline.
·         Build up muscle.
 
OTHER BENEFITS
As well as being a great way to stay fit, basketball can also:
 
·         Help you to make new friends and see them regularly
·         Teach you about being a good team player
·         Be played by people of all ages and all abilities
·         Be played all year round because it’s usually an indoor sport
·         Be a fun game that kids of all levels and ages can enjoy.
·         Be practiced alone, all you need is a net and a hoop (and you can find a hoop in most local parks and school grounds)
·         Be played and enjoyed with as few as two people (although official games require 10 players).
 
GETTING STARTED
Although official games of basketball require 10 players, you can play a game of basketball with just one other person. You can also go out and shoot baskets by yourself. If you want to play basketball competitively, you can become a member of a team and get involved in local competition. Check out your local sports centers and associations for information on how to join a team, or start your own.

GETTING STARTED - EQUIPMENT
One of the great things about the game is that apart from having a basketball, you require very little other equipment to play. However, as basketball involves a lot of running and jumping, it can also be wise to have the following:
 
·         Basketball or sports shoes that provide good ankle support.
·         Mouth guards.
·         Protective knee and elbow pads.
 
BASKETBALL AND CHILDREN
Basketball is a great way for kids to get active and have fun…basketball is a sport that is relatable to our inner city youth. Therefore, by incorporating reading with this fun support is just what many of our youth need in the community.
 
Keep your eyes and ears open for our announcement to begin our dream to enhance the lives of our youth via our Basketball, Reading Literacy and Health Program. We are just some funding $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ away of changing the direction of our youth!

Any sponsor willing to fund/work with Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. Please contact the CEO/Executive Director,  Ms. Delia M. Hunley-Adossa.
 
 
 

ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE!

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ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering September 13, 2010 through September 26, 2010

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GREEN HORIZONS

New York City’s Free Conference

New York City’s Free Conference
 
on Careers in Natural Resources

and the Environment for Middle Schools

 Presented by

  New York ReLeaf, 

   Environmental Education Advisory Council and

 Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc.
 

  Detailed Information and Registration Form Below:   
 

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NEW ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering August 30, 2010 through September 13, 2010

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NEW ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering August 2, 2010 through August 15, 2010

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NEW ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering July 5, 2010 through July 18, 2010

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NEW ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE

Weeks covering June 21, 2010 through July 4, 2010

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BROOKLYN ENDEAVOR EXPERIENCE - ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

News From Brooklyn Endeavor Experience

Jun 16, 2010

President Barack Obama - Author - Speaking about
BP Oil Spill...listen up!

 

ATLANTIC YARDS UPDATE!

Weeks covering June 7, 2010 through June 20, 2010

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering May 24, 2010 through June 6, 2010

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SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT TO ATLANTIC YARDS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Weeks of May 10, 2010 and May 17, 2010

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Atlantic Yards Construction Activities: Two Week Look-Ahead (Revised)

Weeks covering May 10, 2010 through May 23, 2010

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Bruce Ratner's NBA Waterloo

The Developer Looks Back on His Ill-Fated Nets Purchase; My Four-Hour Dinner With Prokhorov

May 11, 2010

With the formal handover of the New Jersey Nets to Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov just days away, Bruce Ratner can go back to what he's good at, things like building big buildings in Brooklyn and making a lot of money in the process.

"I was never one to puff my chest out with some big ego about being the owner of a basketball team," Mr. Ratner said during a rare interview.

 
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The March 11 groundbreaking for the Nets' new arena project featured, from left, Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. David Paterson, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, rapper and Nets investor Jay-Z and City Council candidate Delia Hunley-Adossa.

History will show that from the fall of 2004 until this week, Mr. Ratner owned the Nets and, unlike nearly all of his other professional endeavors, he wasn't very good at it.

Before he bought the team for $300 million, Mr. Ratner admittedly wasn't a basketball fan. The only reason he made the deal was so he could build an arena and a massive development in downtown Brooklyn across the street from two very profitable shopping centers he began building there a decade ago. He subsequently lost $25 million to $30 million each season, he estimates, as the franchise declined from one of the league's best to its worst, winning just 12 games last season.

At the moment, the team has no coach. Its biggest star is a minority investor, the hip-hop impresario Jay-Z. It is about to move into a temporary home at the Prudential Center in Newark, where the team will likely stay until the 2012-'13 season.

Nets fans, especially those in New Jersey who are losing their team to Brooklyn in two or three seasons, remain bitter.

 
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The Nets' bench during a loss to the Lakers in November.

"He leaves no legacy, just the Nets in ruins," said Mike Kozlowski, who ran the Web site Joenetsfan.com until it got too depressing.

But a championship team was never the point.

"He had a vision for a team that was for sale and didn't have many takers," NBA commissioner David Stern said of Mr. Ratner. "He had a vision of using it for an anchor for a spectacular new building and a new real-estate development, and that's what he's going to do."

Mr. Ratner's employees speak of how he was always optimistic about his project, through six years of litigation and a global financial crisis, when, in basketball parlance, he learned to rebound. Mr. Ratner always promised his troops they would figure out a way to keep alive his dream of moving the basketball team into a gleaming arena in Brooklyn. He didn't tell anyone what he really thought—that the project was dead.

"Back then, no one knew if anything would succeed," said Mr. Ratner, 65 years old. "And we were running out of time."

By fall 2008, Mr. Ratner and his family's parent company, Forest City Enterprises, had shouldered more than $100 million in losses. His project was mired in litigation. And he faced the prospect of losing the rights to develop the property if he didn't complete a $1 billion financing package in 15 months.

"I would bet if you started back in '03 and somebody told him how long this would be and how expensive the fight would be, his stockholders, partners, whatever they are, and even probably him would say, 'you know, if you really costed it all out, you won't make money and you shouldn't do it,' " New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a recent interview. "He's had some very difficult times. He's had to invest an awful lot more at less desirable terms than what the original business model said."

The biggest hit came when the global economy collapsed. Financial advisers told Mr. Ratner to forget about issuing $1 billion in bonds to finance construction of a fancy Frank Gehry-designed arena. He'd be lucky to get $600 million, they said.

"I operate on the theory of the black swan," Mr. Ratner said, referring to the idea made famous in the 2007 book that argued high-impact, hard-to-predict and challenging events are inevitable. "There will be chaos. So you have to be flexible in thinking about your problems."

Sitting in his Upper East Side apartment on a November weekend, Mr. Ratner started to play around with his project's numbers on an Excel spreadsheet and compare them with other arenas in the country. Within hours, Mr. Ratner had decided to ditch the Gehry-designed building that would cost more than $600 million, not including the land development and infrastructure fees that would have pushed the price to more than $1 billion.

He also knew he'd have to delay construction of his commercial and residential buildings and negotiate a new deal with the state's Metropolitan Transit Authority. In the previous deal, he'd agreed to pay $100 million for the site where the project, known as Atlantic Yards, will be built. But now he would have to replace that lump sum with a series of staggered payments.

Even with those changes, he was still $300 million short, leaving him with a task akin to sinking a full-court three-point shot with time running out—he had to find a buyer at the worst possible time for selling an expensive, illiquid asset with limited revenue and huge annual expenses. His search for a buyer landed him in the home of former Russian nickel magnate Mikhail Prokhorov for a four-hour dinner in July.

Mr. Prokhorov was hardly the textbook candidate. He was a colorful billionaire who had built a fortune during the early years of Russian democracy. He also had been arrested in Courchevel, France, in 2007 on suspicions of transporting prostitutes—although he was never charged and said he did nothing wrong.

Mr. Ratner quickly concluded that Mr. Prokhorov was the best partner for the Nets and Atlantic Yards. The Russian loved basketball and New York and, thanks to a fortune estimated at $17 billion, he wasn't afraid of risk.

Two weeks later, Mr. Prokhorov submitted a bid for $260 million that would give him an 80% stake in the team and a 45% stake in the arena, and an option to purchase 20% of the surrounding development Mr. Ratner plans to build at the site.

In September, the two men sealed their deal. In November, Mr. Ratner cleared his biggest legal hurdle with a crucial eminent-domain victory. A month later, amid an improving credit market, the Nets raised $511 million in tax-free bonds for the arena project.

Representatives of Mr. Prokhorov said he wouldn't comment until after the deal with Mr. Ratner is completed.

Mr. Ratner predicts that when the arena opens in two-and-a-half years, the value of his stake in the team and the surrounding real estate will exceed what he paid for the Nets and also what he sustained in losses during the six-year battle for the project.

He expects other complications, perhaps even involving his partner. But he senses he would overcome that, too.

"I know that there will be black swans in everything we do," he said. "It could be about me, it could be about my partner or my team. We'll figure it out."

Write to Matthew Futterman at matthew.futterman@wsj.com

NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering May 10, 2010 and May 17, 2010

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering April 26, 2010 and May 3, 2010

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering April 12, 2010 and April 19, 2010

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering March 29, 2010 and April 5, 2010

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BEE's Strategy and Goal for 2011

“We want this to be our fourth year for “Camp Bernie” and we hope that the young people we have recruited to participate will get yet another opportunity to learn about nature and the environment,” said Delia Hunley-Adossa, who heads up BEE, and also serves as chair of the CBA Executive Committee.  THE ONLY THING HOLDING US BACK IS FUNDING $$$.  “Moreover, we are even more enthusiastic to create a new generation of green-minded young people who can help in their own ways to help create a more environmentally-sound Brooklyn.”

 

This year Ms. Hunley-Adossa is will continue seeking funding and modify  her Camp Bernie recruitment efforts and intends to once again integrate some of the students of her HELP and HELP Too programs that she oversees together.  These programs are targeted to students in middle school and high school who are the children of economically disadvantaged families. The focus will be on those most at risk of academic failure and those in need of personal and educational support to complete high school and prepare for post-secondary education and careers in technical fields.   Students in age range 12 – 18 are served. The joining together idea is exciting and Ms. Hunley-Adossa has been successful thus far and intends to keep it that way. The youth have been extremely open to learning how to live green.  BEE is seeking funding in order for some of these very programs to be sustained. BEE is seeking funding in order for some of these very programs to be sustained.

 

The HELP program is geared to promote and encourage our youth to seek alternatives to violence, gang and drugs while teaching them how to live green. Juvenile truancy, gang activity, juvenile crime and drug usage is a significant problem. The H.E.L.P. Program is determined to curb juvenile truancy, juvenile crime(s), and gang activity and drug usage by teaching and developing the youth’s self discipline, social and leadership skills. The program is a three Phase Program, i.e., Phase I Boot Camp, Phase II and 88th Precinct Explorer in Post 2188 and Phase III is a New York City Police Cadet if desired. 

 

HELP Too (Helping Encourage Leadership Potential) is a program that will Nurture Young Women from middle school to college; this initiative specifically focuses on non-traditional fields in the green sector. This program is geared to promote and encourage our female youth with options. We are targeting young women who may be at risk. 

 

BEE is an advocacy and educational organization that is creating a new generation of green-minded young people.  After the Camp Bernie experience, the campers and the subsequent classes back in Brooklyn are part of BEE’s Safe Places to Learn and Grow Program, which is intended to provide safe havens during non-school hours and offer structured activities that nurture young people, teaching them social skills, vocational interests and civic responsibility relative to the environment.  In addition, BEE attempts to provide opportunities for youth to contribute to their communities and society by enriching young people's knowledge and understanding of their culture and the cultures of those around them.  BEE is the Atlantic Yards CBA group over environmental assurances. BEE is preparing our youth to be successful in the "Green" 21st Century.  

WE NEED YOUR HELP...KINDLY SPONSOR OUR YOUTH INITIATIVES...

DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON OUR WEB-SITE!

 

NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering March 15, 2010 and March 22, 2010

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NEW AYP UPDATE!

Weeks covering March 1, 2010 and March 8, 2010

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In addition to the activities described below, noise attenuation and vibration monitoring measures are underway in connection with the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments dated as of 12/21/09.  

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The American Association of Blacks in Energy - New York Metropolitan Area Chapter

Feb 5, 2010

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

 

The American Association of Blacks in Energy is a professional organization of African Americans in the energy industry.  Through its Scholarship Program, AABE seeks to help increase the number of African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans (underrepresented minorities) in energy related fields.  By doing so, we help our nation address a critical need and a challenge to our future economic vitality in the world market.

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Complete application packages MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN March 19, 2010 and submitted to the local AABE chapter listed below.  Applications returned to the AABE national office or the National Scholarship Committee is in violation of procedures and will not be considered for scholarship support.

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Weeks covering February 1, 2010 and February 8, 2010

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Community Notice - FifthAvenue

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Van Jones Tapped As White House Special Adviser

Van Jones New White House Special Adviser



 Brooklyn Endeavor Experence (BEE) Congratulates 1994 Echoing Green Fellow Van Jones on his recent appointment to the White House Council on Environmental Quality as a special adviser.  The news hit the wires yesterday and has been covered today by The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and the Wall Street Journal.

 

OUR HISTORY

In 1992, a group of friends were eager to tackle the many challenges facing Brooklyn. Like many other caring Brooklynites they searched for an organization offering flexible, hands-on volunteer opportunities. The group took on projects such as board membership with the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee (FATHC), becoming Executive Board members and members of the 88th Precinct Council, youth council volunteers, members of neighborhood advisory boards and various other community based organizations.

The FATHC was formed to bring the community’s voice to the decision-making table for future Brooklyn developments like never before. The Atlantic Yards Project is one of many projects that the developer, Forest City Ratner has completed in the Fort Green Clinton Hill community. Political officials and other leaders were entrusted to represent the community, but the results were minimal. The First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee was involved with the formulation of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and once acclimated with the development, decided to remain involved.

FATHC eventually became Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Incorporated (BEE) in an effort to broaden the scope of its work and have a greater impact on the Brooklyn community. BEE was incorporated in 2005 and received tax-exempt status in July 2008. BEE remains a community partner for the Atlantic Yards Project and runs youth programs including Safe Places to Learn and Grow to promote environmental awareness among young people. Our mission is to improve the quality of our community by partnering with local businesses, community leaders and neighbors to work together to create a clean and safe place to live and work for future generations.

MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc.

Delia “Dee” Hunley-Adossa 
Executive Director


Delia Hunley-Adossa better known as “Dee” was born in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. She attended Saint Angela Academy and later attended the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where she majored in Business. With the knowledge she obtained, Delia founded and became the sole proprietor of Zaire, Incorporated Security. From the very beginning Delia felt a need to get involved in community activities. Delia has been the President of the 88th Precinct Community & Youth Council and 88th Precinct Youth Executive Director for the past nine years, President of the Board of Directors at the First Atlantic Terminal Housing Corporation, former Treasurer of the Board of Directors at the North Crown Heights Family Outreach Center Inc., Chairperson of the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. (BEE, Inc.), an environmental group established December 31, 2005, Executive Board member of NYSAMC, on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of America, board member of Community Counseling & Mediation (CCM) working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families to overcome their personal obstacles, member of the National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment) Network,National Organization for Black Law Executives (NOBLE) member, NY State Licensed Chaplain L.A.C.A., board member of the Coalition Against Guns, Drugs and Violence, and a member of Community Board Two on the Health, Environment and Social Services Committee, and former member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board.

It is through Delia’s community involvement that she has become known for her integrity to the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill community and beyond. She has received numerous awards for her hard her work and dedication. Delia has been instrumental in establishing numerous community based programs for the youth and senior citizens. She is directly responsible for the developing and coordinating the 88th Precinct Youth/After School Program, 8-week Summer Youth Program, Senior Trips, and Thanksgiving Luncheon. These programs have greatly improved the quality of life for the community as well as enhance police/community relations. The continuation of the Community Council programs is essential in maintaining the quality of life in the community and sustainability. The program that Delia is most recognized for is the HELP (Helping Encourage Leadership Potential) Program. The HELP Program identifies youth that have engaged in socially deviant behavior. The goal of the program is to impart positive social values to the youth in the community. In addition, the HELP Program encourages the development of leadership potential through volunteerism, positive role models and peer motivation. These programs would not have been possible without the direct involvement and leadership of Delia.

Delia enjoys people, is a computer enthusiast, very fond of sports, and despite her demanding work schedule, still finds time to spend with her FAMILY who is very supportive and loving. Delia operates under the principles of openness and fairness. She accepts as true that “Greatness is not what you achieve, it is what you inspire others to achieve”. She believes that “we as individuals compliment each other, when we work as a team” and that our strength is shown in the things we stand for; our weakness is shown in the things we fall for.” It is these beliefs that make Delia Hunley-Adossa “Dee” an asset to the people of Fort Greene/Clinton Hills and Prospect/Crown Heights Community and Brooklyn.

Forest City Ratner Helps Send 25 Brooklyn Endeavor Experience, Inc. Children to Summer Environmental Camp

Forest City, along with its Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) partner, Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc. (BEE), have partnered with Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Inc. (SCOPE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children, to create the two-week camp experience. The company is helping to underwrite the program with a $10,000 donation to SCOPE.

25 Brooklyn children attended the YMCA’s Camp Bernie in Port Murray, New Jersey  
 
Forest City, along with its Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) partner, Brooklyn Endeavor Experience Inc. (BEE), have partnered with Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge Inc. (SCOPE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children, to create the two-week camp experience. The company is helping to underwrite the program with a $10,000 donation to SCOPE.

Photo:  Camper Kayla Francis says goodbye to her mom, Ms. Patrice Williams (August 2007)

PARKS COMMISH REPORTS ON HOW GREEN IS NEW YORK

 

A TREE GROWS IN MANHATTAN
PARKS COMMISH REPORTS ON HOW GREEN IS NEW YORK

 

BY DONNA KLEIN, nyarm

On Wednesday, May 24, 2000 the New York Association of Realty Managers (NYARM) held its last monthly meeting of the season. The special guest speaker was Adrian Benepe, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, Parks Department. The dinner meeting was held at Frank's, a familiar west side steakhouse.

Commissioner Benepe brought Parks Department Commissioner Henry Stern's regards to NYARM. He had just left the commissioner at a meeting of the Historic House Trust, a group that takes care of the City's historic homes ranging in age from the 1650s to 1830s. He pointed out they have the same problems NYARM managers deal with, leaky roofs, poor drainage, etc.

Mr. Benepe pointed out that much of New York's priciest real estate is associated with trees and greenery: Park Avenue, Central Park West, Riverside Drive, Madison Square, Park Slope. This is not merely a coincidence. New Yorkers, like most people, enjoy being within the vicinity of nature. "We take it for granted that a building or business next to a park is going to be more valuable and a more desirable place to live and that a tree lined street is a street that you would like to live on."

Those things that make real estate desirable are the stock and trade of the Parks Department. Tree lined streets and safe, clean parks and recreation centers are assets to the city and the communities they serve. Neighborhoods command higher realty prices when they can boast such amenities.

Benepe has been with the Parks Department for 15 years and claims it has undergone a renaissance in the last six years. Thirteen percent of the City's total acreage (all five boroughs) is parks. The City tends to nearly 500,000 street trees. Nearly half of them are Norway maples and London planes. An additional 2 million trees are located in parks. There are 980 playgrounds, 614 ball fields and 35 recreation centers. "It's the largest urban park system in the world," stated Benepe.

TREES

Tree care alone takes up much of the Department's energy. In 1999 17,145 trees were planted citywide, 1,819 in Manhattan; 7,338 trees were removed, 322 in Manhattan and 47,623 trees were pruned, 3,111 in Manhattan. Benepe stated that ten years ago there was such a backlog at the Department, that it could take 2-3 years to get a dead tree removed! He proudly proclaimed that if you call in a request today, it should not take longer than 30 days to have a dead tree removed.

According to Benepe, it can take less than a year to have a new tree planted, possibly even the next season. The City has planted over 10,000 trees a year for the last ten years. In fact, so many trees have been planted that the local nurseries cannot keep up and the City has had to go to Canada.

"Let's say you can't wait for us to plant a tree," states Benepe. "You can call the One-Stop-Tree-Shop at 212-360-TREE (8733) and with one phone call and a check we'll get a tree planted for you."

Thanks to the City Council passing legislation, tree guards are now legal. Tree guards protect your tree from motor vehicles backing up into them, bicycle chains and dog waste. Call Parks Central Forestry, Street Tree Division, at 718-760-6793 to obtain guidelines for tree guards. Most iron work contractors will know how to put up tree guards, claims Benepe.

If you witness a truck killing a tree "call 800-201-PARK (7275) and report the license number and any description. We'll go after them. We've gotten awards of up to $20,000. We vigorously pursue the people who commit arboricide."

When you get a new tree water it, especially the first few summers. A tree needs 15 to 20 gallons of water per week, applied slowly. Don't prune your tree yourself, you need a permit to trim a tree. You can get a permit from the Forestry division (212-860-1844) or become a licensed Citizen Tree Pruner. Call Trees New York, 212-227-1887 to enroll in a training program.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

In conclusion Benepe mentioned the Partnerships for Parks which was founded in 1995. It is a joint initiative of the City Parks Foundation and the City of New York/Parks & Recreation. The Partnership works to increase community support of parks throughout the five boroughs. Programs range from working with small neighborhood groups who adopt a park to large corporate sponsorships of clean-up projects.

The number of supporters has grown from the original 500 in 1995 to nearly 40,000, and continues to grow. This database of volunteers is a critical tool in keeping people involved in their parks. "We figure that private people, between the money they raise and the labor they contribute probably do about $60 million a year on top of what the City spends. That's on top of $180 million a year for the expense budget of the Parks Department," stated Benepe.

ENGAGED CITZENRY

"Even with all the money in the world, if there isn't an engaged citizenry (homeowners, block associations, etc.) we couldn't get our job done," claimed Benepe. Block associations water the trees throughout the summer, sometimes planting around the trees.

Business Improvement Districts (BID) represent building owners and commercial properties. The Lincoln Square BID sponsors the Adopt-a-Mall program that has local businesses pay for the maintenance and plant material for the Broadway Malls. Union Square BID-LDC raises money for improvements to the park including new benches and high-tech lights. The BID hosts annual events that pay for Park Personnel.

Mr. Benepe related a touching story of a park once in disrepair and abandonment. The Straus Park on Broadway and 106th Street is now a showplace of flowers, shrubs and trees thanks to the help of the community and particularly two neighborhood restaurants that have pledged $6,000 annually for the next ten years to hire a gardener and pay for plant materials. A perfect example of "engaged citizenry."

"I have the best job in the City and every day, even after a tough day, I go home and say I did my part to make the City a little nicer to live in," stated Benepe. He thanked NYARM members for joining him in that quest to make the City a nicer place to live.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Adrain Benepe has worked for more than two decades in a variety of public/private partnerships to protect New York City's natural and historic beauty. He was appointed Manhattan Borough Commissioner in January 1996. He is responsible for the management of more than 270 parks, playgrounds and malls - covering 2,619 acres - including 12 recreations centers, 17 swimming pools, 125 ball fields, 100 tennis courts, running tracks, theaters, playing fields and technical service support facilities.

In addition he shares responsibility for the allocation and management of $35 million in capital funds, which are used to rebuild parks and upgrade recreational facilities. With the help of 500 full time workers, 2000 seasonal and workfare staff, 12 community boards and more than 100 volunteer groups, Commissioner Benepe has the primary responsibility for the management of Manhattan's green infrastructure.

Prior to his present appointment, he served as Vice President for Issues and Public Affairs for the Municipal Arts Society. He managed all aspects of public relations while developing strategies for public advocacy efforts in city planning, historic preservation and public art.

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Benepe served as Director of the Annual Fund and Major Gifts for the New York Botanical Garden. From 1979 to 1990, he held numerous positions with the Parks Department including park ranger in Central Park to Director of Natural Resources and Horticulture to Director of Arts and Antiquities. He helped create the Historic House Trust, mentioned above, a non-profit group of prominent citizens dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historic structures.

NYARM Board of Directors and guest speaker Adrian BenepeStanding: Michael Wegielski, Sergeant-at-Arms; Deborah Morrell, Vice-President; Joan Saberito, Manager Board Member; Len Jones, President; Tom Maniuszko and Ted Yates, Associate Board Members.Seated: Manhattan Borough Commissioner, Parks Department Adrian Benepe; Rochelle Captan, Executive Vice-President; John Hendrick, Manager Board Member; Donna Klein, Executive Director and Nelson Davis, Associate Board Member.
Delia Hunley Adossa, Board President First Atlantic Terminal Housing Corp; Richard Howard, Polar Distributors; Patricia Pethel, MHR Management; Vivieca White, Shinda Management and Greg Carlson, Carlson Realty.
Alan Gorelick, Saparn Realty; Barbara Sullivan, Lefrak Organization; Anita Sapirman, Saparn Realty; David Goldstein, American Bulb Corp; David Epstein, Saparn Realty and Ron Goldman, American Bulb Corp.

Karen Waldman, Vibrations; Delia Hunley Adossa; Paul Gross, Anlen Corp; Caroline Treifler, Wasserman-Treifler Plumbing & Heating; Richard Howard and Steve Motelson, Dome Management.

 

Jerry Blumberg, Kew Forest Maintenance Supply; Bernarda Angeles and Mercedes Mades, Mt. Vernon Housing Authority and Nelson Davis, JAD Corporation of America.

Barbara Lipari, Diversified Property Management; Maurice Delton Reddick, The Brick Presbyterian Church; Deborah Morrell, Columbia University and Joan Saberito, Newport Apartments

 

Beverly Chan, International Home Realty Services; Nat Yalowitz, NORC Supportive Services; Karen Steiber; Lee Chong, Brooklyn Borough President's Office and Steve Elbaz, Esquire Management.


 


 
 

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY CHECKLIST:

 
  • Replace incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lamps.

  • Plug your electronics into a power strip, and turn that off when they're not in use.  

  • Keep cell phone chargers and other power converters unplugged when not in use. 

  • Install energy-efficient windows. 
     
  • Upgrade from an older analog thermostat to a digital, programmable thermostat. 

  • Heat your water with natural gas instead of electricity. 

  • Check your house for drafts and other indications of degraded insulation.   

     
  • Request a free energy audit from your utility company.  

  • Plant deciduous trees around your house, particularly towards the south and southwest.




 

 

   
 
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