Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library, one of the nation’s largest public library systems, is addressing climate change through programming that reflects the diversity of the borough.

Program series such as Climate Wednesday: Solutions for a Cooler Brooklyn and The Green Series bring together experts, activists, writers, artists, and community members for engaging discussions and workshops. Alongside these programs, artist residencies and exhibitions support the expression of sustainable and ecological themes in library spaces. BPL’s new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center will offer programs, information, and special collections that raise awareness of the local environment. The Greenpoint branch will also provide space for community and environmental groups to hold meetings and programs.


Featured Programs

Climate Reads

Why We Swim with Leanne Shapton | 12/22/20
For the December Climate Reads, author Leanna Shapton leads a discussion of Bonnie Tsui’s Why We Swim.

Green Series

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Climate Wednesdays: Solutions for a Cooler Brooklyn

How can Brooklynites confront the climate crisis? What needs to change, and how can we make sure that change will be equitable? In this series presented by 350 Brooklyn, thinkers and activists share their ideas about the crisis and offer strategies for effective action.

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Past Events

Our Bodies, Our Planet: Public Health and the Climate Crisis | 2/12/20
What is the impact of the climate crisis on our bodies? Fossil fuels already affect the health of New Yorkers, with some communities suffering far greater harm than others. As we fight warming temperatures, pollution and natural disasters, can we use this moment to create a healthier city for all?

Where to Next? Fossil-Free Transportation in a Pandemic and Beyond | 6/22/20
Transportation is the #2 source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City. We have the nation’s most extensive subway system and the slowest bus service. With the Covid-19 pandemic comes a new set of mass transit woes. But bicycling is surging, and a whole slew of New Yorkers are avoiding the commute altogether as they check into work via Zoom. How can we get our troubled public transit system back on track and headed where we need to go in a climate-friendly way?

Green Collar Jobs: Making a Living, Forging a Better World | 9/16/20
With over a million New Yorkers out of work and a steadily warming climate, our communities need green jobs now more than ever. As the fossil fuel industry loses ground, we’ll need more and more people with the skills to build our green future. A “green recovery” can create the jobs people need while revitalizing our neighborhoods, transforming our energy infrastructure and healing our ecosystems. Where are the climate-friendly jobs now, where will they be in the coming years, and how can New York create more of them in a way that promotes social and environmental justice?

Natural Allies: Working with Nature to Combat Climate Change | 8/26/20
Brooklynites love urban nature. And not only do parks, waterways, and shady streets create healthier neighborhoods and a better quality of life – they can also help us confront the climate crisis. City trees cool sweltering “heat islands”, clean the air, and absorb carbon dioxide. Healthy coastal wetlands protect our shorelines from storm surges. Green roofs and composting can play a pivotal role in the climate fight. How can we enlist natural forces to promote a livable climate? And how can we share nature’s benefits equitably in our city?


Celestial Heroes Banquet | Heinrich Spillmann

The Celestial Heroes Banquet by Heinrich Spillmann is a series of furniture concepts for public park-like settings. The installation invites viewers to rest, spread a banquet of their own and celebrate community.

The objects are of various dimensions and from a variety of tree species. They’re treated by fire scorching, using the ancient Japanese technique of Shou Suji Ban, with wood sealers and varnishes intentionally left exposed to the decaying elements of nature. Most of the trees used in the project grew in the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, one of New York City’s oldest cemeteries. The tree logs became available through the natural and necessary curating process.

The Celestial Heroes Banquet will be on display from September 23, 2020 to December 31, 2020 at the Central Library plaza.