Hi everyone, I wanted to pass along information about exciting events this week in NYC: the free screenings of Earth2100 and The Greening of Southie, the Red Dot Art Fair reception, as well as an EPA Community Forum on the Gowanus Canal.
Wednesday, March 3: The first event is a Sierra Club sponsored screening of Earth 2100. Hosted by ABC journalist Bob Woodruff, the two-hour documentary explores what a worst-case future might look like if humans do not take action on current or impending problems that could threaten civilization. The problems addressed in the program include climate change, overpopulation and misuse of energy resources. The screening will be at the Carroll Gardens Library (396 Clinton St.) at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening there will be a community discussion on climate change planning.
Thursday, March 4: The EPA is hosting an information meeting about the Gowanus Canal on Thursday, March 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the auditorium of PS 58 (330 Smith Street). How we move forward with the Gowanus Canal cleanup has led to great debate, for and against its designation as a superfund site. I think this community forum will be a great opportunity for those that feel passionately one way or the other to voice their opinions, and also for those of us that want to learn more about the Gowanus situation to get information about how the site is going to be handled.
A second event on Thursday is the start of the Red Dot Art Fair. The Red Dot Art Fair is bringing art and environmentalism together in its upcoming New York show. The opening night reception, which will be held on Thursday, March 4 at the Skylight NYC building, will support the MillionTreesNYC initiative. Approximately 40 international modern and contemporary art galleries, specializing in emerging and established artists, will display their paintings, sculptures, photography and works. The fair will take place in New York City from March 4 to 7. In celebration of the event, The New York Restoration Project will be creating a tree installation that will be featured throughout the space.
Friday, March 5: The Park Slope UMC is continuing its environmental film series, this Friday, March 5 with a free screening of The Greening of Southie at 8 p.m. Post screening discussion with Ellen Honigstock, Registered Architect, LEED AP, Sustainable Strategies for Existing Buildings. There is a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. with the film screening at 8 p.m. PSUMC is located at 6th Ave. and 8th St. in Brooklyn.
The Greening of Southie, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney's film, covers the construction of one of the country's "greenest" buildings, the Macallan, a condominium in working class South Boston. Using bamboo floors from China, Bolivian lumber and local concrete, the structure becomes Boston's first to be LEED Gold-certified. The Bostonist called The Greening of Southie "a balanced but incisive look at a complex issue that affects us all."