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We’re a big fan of #parkpuns, and an even bigger fan of all the awesome work our #BayArea members like the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County are doing to protect the environment. So this Friday we’re featuring 6 of our member organizations in a fun quiz game to be held on Twitter @BA_OpenSpace from 11:30a-1:30p for #OSCQuizFridays. You’ll be a step ahead if you can figure out what we mean by a “fruitful” partnership.
@malt_ag is taking us to Hollywood and a galaxy far, far away for this week’s #OSCQuizFridays. If you think you’ve got your space movie trivia on lock (or have Google handy) join us on Twitter @BA_OpenSpace this Friday from 11:30a-1:30p for the quiz!
How to make a key rack from door latches by @terracycle's very own Chief Design Junkie, Tiffany Threadgould! http://bit.ly/1nzd4eG #upcycle #recycle
It is definitely time to utilize our #renewable #resources! #Ecofact
Want a chance to wine FREE goodies like t-shirts and pop up travel size dog bowls?? Enter our Green Festival Non GMO photo contest via our Facebook page or show up at the cafe in #chicago this weekend to upload your pics instantly for a chance to win!!
Will this sign hang above your booth? Tell your fans to vote! The winner will be announced at 3:30 on Sunday at the Green Festival Stage!
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, our #RedHook Local Leaders and more at NYCHA #Sandy update meeting last night. #NYC #NonProfit

Natural Pools

We at EcoBrooklyn engage in a number of exciting green building projects and experiments throughout the year, but with the hot months ahead at the top of our list is the natural pool for the show house and with its completion so close we can almost feel the cool, energetic, life infused water on our [...]

A Green Wall in Brooklyn

This weekend we get a special treat: we’ll be taking delivery of over 250 tropical plants and installing two indoor living walls. It’s the culminating step in a complete renovation of Area Yoga Studio in Downtown Brooklyn and promises to transform the character of the space.

 

Arranging and installing the plants presents lots [...]

Gray Water Use in New York

Being a New York green contractor involves pushing two very important elements through DOB code approval: 1. composting toilets 2. gray water and rain water for flushing toilets.

We recently tried to get composting toilets approved for our Passive House in Harlem but it got shot down. We will persevere trying to get it legalized [...]

Gray Water or Rain Water

In Eco Brooklyn’s brownstones we are still weighing the options of using rain water or gray water for flushing the toilets. So far we have always decided on doing the gray water, letting the rain water drain into a dry well in the back yard.

Here are two sketches Joe Schafer my water engineer drew [...]

What Gray Water Systems are available?

Every Brooklyn brownstone should have a gray water system to feed the toilets, green roof, living wall and garden.

Unfortunately there are few systems to choose from. They range between $2,000 and $7,000 for the unit not including running the extra drains from the shower, bathtub, sink and washing machine.

Right now in the US [...]

Bromine as a Chlorine Alternative for Gray Water

We’ve been looking for a chlorine alternative for our Brooklyn brownstone gray water systems. Chlorine is not ideal because it gives off fumes. I’ve also read that when the chlorine molecules bond with the soil particles it alters the chlorine into a form called Chloramine that causes cancer. This is a concern if using the [...]