National Grid at Greenest Block in Brooklyn
The winner of BBG’s 2013 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest, Sterling Street between Washington and Bedford Avenues, was announced August 7 with a press conference on the winning block. National Grid, major sponsor of the contest, was on hand to congratulate residents and present for the first time the National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award. The prize went to the 8th Street Block Association for its excellent use of sub-irrigated planters in a street-side basil garden that was created for the community to enjoy. Sub-irrigation reduces the amount of water needed to keep plants healthy by over 50 percent and conserves care time and labor.
Renee McClure, manager of community and customer management at National Grid, spoke at the press conference and also participated in the second round of judging for the contest, visiting registered blocks and seeing firsthand the innovative, sustainable gardening techniques employed by residents. Ken Daly, president of National Grid New York, said, “We have partnered with BBG for a number of years to support environmental education for children and sustainability in our local communities. We are pleased to present the first National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award to the 8th Street Block Association for their work in creating a beautiful garden. Together, we are building strong community pride and engaging children to learn more about the environment.”
National Grid also provides grant support for BBG’s Project Green Reach program, the Garden’s supplemental science program for K-8 students and teachers in Brooklyn’s Title I schools, and has been active in the Campaign for the Next Century, supporting the construction of BBG’s new Visitor Center, the Garden’s first green building. National Grid’s investment in the Garden’s programs helps BBG reach tens of thousands of Brooklyn residents annually and we are truly grateful for this exemplary partnership.