Celebrate Earth Week at Brooklyn Borough Hall

BP Adams takes an Earth Day Bike Ride to Work

April 22, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Photo by Kathryn Kirk, Brooklyn Borough President's Office
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Brooklyn Borough Hall is celebrating Earth Week by hosting a week of activities designed to protect the environment and reduce waste, this week through Friday, April 24.

As part of his push for a greener planet, Borough President Eric Adams joined members of the community for a bike ride from Prospect Park to his Borough Hall office on Wednesday.

“We only get one Mother Earth, and we need to treat her as kindly as we treat our own mother,” he said in a statement. “From Newtown Creek to Jamaica Bay, Brooklynites are reminded all the time of the beauty and fragility of our local environment.”

Last April, Adams promoted his plan to transform Brooklyn Borough Hall, the borough’s oldest public building, into an energy-efficient icon by working to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

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That plan and this week’s Earth Week outreach are initiatives of his Renewable and Sustainable Energy Task Force (ReSET).

To participate in Earth Week events, visit Brooklyn Borough Hall and drop off items in the recycling and collections bins; shred sensitive documents; recycle small electronics and donate formal wear for proms. Here are some details:

Shredfest – Shred your sensitive documents. This effort is sponsored by AHRC New York City and SHREDability, a secure document destruction company that is an AAA NAID Certified business. (

E-Recycling – Recycle small, used or unwanted electronics. The bins have been provided courtesy of the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Swap Meet – Drop off used or unwanted items including clothing, housewares, and sports equipment, etc., (Monday, April 20th through Wednesday, April 22nd) which will be sorted and made available for swapping on Thursday, April 23, sponsored by GrowNYC. (

Operation PROM – Donate formal wear (gowns, cocktail dresses, tuxedos, bowties, and accessories) for graduating high school seniors in need of attire to attend their prom. Operation PROM is a national not-for-profit organization which will distribute the items on Saturday, April 25th at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (


Other special events:

Wednesday, April 22: Golden Apple Awards   5 – 8 p.m.

See award winning environmental projects from Brooklyn schools with exemplary programs in recycling, waste prevention and beautification. This event is sponsored by the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board (S.W.A.B.)

Thursday, April 23: Stop ‘N’ Swap!  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Drop off unwanted items – swap for something you need. You don’t have to drop to swap; this event, sponsored by GrowNYC, is open to everyone. Please do not bring furniture or bulk items for this event.


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