The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (The Center) boasts nearly 30 years of hands-on, award-winning environmental education, annually serving over 100,000 students, parents and educators in nearly 260 New York City schools. The Center's programs promote critical thinking and awareness of the urban environment through the study of local architecture and urban ecology, with classes such as Neighborhood Plant Ecology and Renewable NYC, in which participants calculate the energy usage and global trade routes of everyday products and track their ecological footprint.
Over the past four years alone, the Center has opened four environmentally-focused literacy programs in Brooklyn, launched three Urban Explorations after-school sites, and has served as the lead community partner for three New Century High Schools in Brooklyn– the Academy of Urban Planning, the Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers, and the Academy for Environmental Leadership.
In addition, the Center hosts an annual Green Brooklyn event, free to the public, which focuses on sustainable living, and includes exhibitor tables for sustainable businesses, a panel of leaders in the field of environmental management, and informative participant workshops. The Center is proud to be one of the Founding Members of the new Sustainable Business Alliance NYC, Brooklyn, an alliance of socially responsible and independent local businesses with a mission to strengthen the local economy by encouraging consumers to buy their products from locally-owned stores.