THE 2013 GREENEST BLOCKS IN BROOKLYN TO BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, AT 10 A.M.

PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON WINNING BLOCK; LOCATION REVEALED ON AUGUST 6

Release Date: 08/01/2013

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 10 a.m.

WHAT: GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, announces the winners of the 19th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. This year, nearly 200 blocks from more than 25 neighborhoods participated in this borough-wide greening effort.

Contest winners were selected through a rigorous, weeks-long process by an expert panel of judges that included Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff, metro area horticulture professionals, and gardening journalists.

First prize is a $300 check for each top residential and commercial block winner. All other finalists receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200. Best Window Box, Greenest Storefront, Best Street Tree Beds, and Best Community Garden Streetscape winners receive cash prizes or gardening tools, and all participants are awarded a certificate of recognition.

The first-ever National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award will also be presented.

WHERE: The press conference will be located on the winning residential block, to be revealed on Tuesday, August 6. For more information, contact BBG Communications at 718-623-7241.

WHO: Contest participants, urban greening enthusiasts, and other city residents are expected to attend. Remarks will be made by Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Sandra Chapman, Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn; Renee McClure of National Grid; and elected representatives of the winning block.

The contest is a project of GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Borough President Marty Markowitz, with leadership support from Brooklyn Community Foundation. National Grid is a major sponsor of the contest.

ABOUT GREENBRIDGE: Committed to helping improve the urban landscape, GreenBridge promotes city greening through education, conservation, and creative partnerships. GreenBridge works with block associations, community gardens, and other service groups to build a vibrant network of people, places, and projects dedicated to making Brooklyn a greener place.

Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an independent nonprofit institution committed to education, research, and the display of horticulture. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 12,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 725,000 visitors annually. Learn more at bbg.org.

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