Without a clean environment, our communities would not be the great places to live, work, and recreate. Not only has my office continued the great tradition of identifying the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn”, we have also made critical infrastructure investments to parks across the borough. My office allocated over $5 million in playgrounds, skateboard parks, ball fields, botanic gardens, and horse-riding facilities. I also helped foster environmental education by investing in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Sea Cliffs Exhibit.
My office has served as the conduit for state funds to help advance the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a partnership that has yielded important infrastructure design guidelines that can potentially be replicated throughout New York City, the state and the country. I have also supported the further investigation into closing the Prospect Park drives to automobiles.
In addition, I convened a Renewable and Sustainable Energy Task Force (ReSET) to identify how to connect our clean energy programs to every day Brooklynites. But in order to practice what we preach, I commissioned the first-ever Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) survey of Borough Hall with the intent to start fixing our own backyard and advocate for more efficient government building stock.