A Green New Library for Brooklyn

Join us online for our first Breakfast Talk of the fall semester!

Rocks in the plaza that are glacial outcroppings; a hand pump on the third floor that patrons can use to release rain water from a cistern onto the plants on the second floor rooftop garden…These are just two of the many physical features that make Greenpoint’s new library unique. But the library is also unique in its mission to be a community center of environmental education and environmental justice.

Learn about the unique mission and the unique physical structure of Brooklyn’s newest library and why it is both an important community resource and a “must see” as we begin to venture out again, masked and vaccinated, onto the streets of our Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods.

RSVP for Zoom link: bit.ly/GreenLibrary

Meet the Speakers:

Acacia Thompson | Environmental Justice Coordinator | Brooklyn Public Library

Acacia is Brooklyn Public Library’s Environmental Justice Coordinator at the Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center.  Acacia’s work is focused on environmental issues and education, and promoting equity.  She is an active community member, working with environmental organizations and spearheading projects in open space equity, street tree stewardship and school environmental education.

Ames O’Neill | Senior Manager | Brooklyn Public Library

Ames works within the Strategic Planning Department where she oversees a variety of projects that seek to improve the Library for both patrons and staff, coordinating external partnerships and inter-departmental efforts. This includes library design strategies, data analysis, policy recommendations, and engaging community stakeholders.

Jason Roberts | Organization Director | Marble Fairbanks

Jason has been a key member of the Marble Fairbanks team since 2012, and as Organization Director, he manages office building and construction standards. He ensures all the key technical criteria are met in project development, and interfaces with the full project team while communicating with consultants, contractors, and clients to deliver design excellence. He has managed projects for clients at Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, Hunter College, Lawrence University, and Parsons School of Design, among others.