Greenpoint is putting $1.75 million of the restitution funds it received from the area’s infamous oil spill towards a new environmental educational program for local students. As reported by the NY Daily News, the new Greenpoint-Eco program, which was developed by the National Wildlife Federation, will teach Brooklyn kids about environmental conservation.
Approximately 1,800 students at Public School 31, PS 34, PS 110 and Middle School 126 will participate in the environmental conservation program. The activities will be led by “sustainability coaches” and include various hands-on lessons such as planting trees and examining local water quality. Additionally, the program aims to cut waste in the schools by 25% a year, reduce energy use by 10% and water use by 5%.
“Programs like this will help our students use their critical thinking skills to develop a sense of responsibility about the environment and help them to become citizens who will support a healthy and safe city and country,” said city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Via NY Daily News