I just received this email from friend and community activist Joanna Micek – I’m posting this email from her to follow up on her ask to spread the word about this important environmental improvement initiative that all Greenpoint residents should know about! Her email begins below:
For the past year, I’ve been a member of the Community Advisory Panel of the Greenpoint Community Enviromental Fund (GCEF) — a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill. So far, the Fund has awarded $400,000 in small grants but now it’s time for the rest of funds to be distributed via community “preferencing” – a voting system modeled after the New York City participatory budgeting project.
Greenpoint residents will have direct say in how almost $20 million will be distributed for environmental improvements in their zip code, by voting on 13 qualified proposals that have been vetted by an independent review committee.
It’s grassroots grant making and democracy in action, in the best way possible. If you live in Greenpoint, please come and spend your $20 million. And if you don’t reside in 11222 but know someone who does, would you pass this info on to them?
With love, from 11222-
The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF)– a joint program of the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation–is currently considering 13 grant proposals for projects to improve Greenpoint’s environment, including promoting open space, green neighborhoods, education and stewardship, and other community priorities.
Attend one of the 3 scheduled community events and tell us which projects are most important to you. All Greenpoint residents (zip code 11222) age 16 or older are welcome to participate; please bring a form of identification.
For more information on the upcoming community events–including a description of each proposed project–visit WWW.GCEFUND.ORG