Rediscovering Green Spaces in Brooklyn


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There are 596 acres of vacant public land in Brooklyn, New York. Which is incredible considering a football pitch is about 2 acres. So imagine nearly 300 football pitches and all that land is just going to waste.

It’s lucky 596 Acres have come along then isn’t it?

596 Acres was set up by a group of gardeners in Brooklyn who were sick and tired of seeing unused lots going to waste when communities are calling out for green space in the city. So they went online and found out (from publicly available government records) which sites were vacant and publicly owned.

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Then they made up placards like the poster above and put them up on the fencing (which keeps the community out) of the lots. So far they have inspired and helped three communities to get in touch with their council and legally gain access to the land.

There’s a lot of unused land out there, let’s go make it useful.

Kim Rutherford
Kim Rutherford is Chief Operating Officer of Do the Green Thing in London. Do the Green Thing is a non-profit whose mantra is ‘creativity vs climate change’ and aims to reframe sustainable living into something you ‘want to do’.

Prior to this, Kim was Head of Yahoo! for Good and responsible for Yahoo!’s CSR proposition and direction across Europe. This included proposing, launching and managing the Y! for Good, Y! Green and Y! Employee Foundation brands in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Kim’s career in corporate responsibility began at Addison Corporate Marketing (part of the WPP Group) with a focus on developing stakeholder alignment programmes and corporate reporting. This followed with a move to Gala and a role which included exploring the potential positive and negative impacts of building the super regional casinos expected to Operating Officer of Do the Green Thing in London. Green Thing
follow the proposed deregulation of the Gaming industry in 2003.

Kim lives in London but loves adventure, some personal achievements include a Himalayas expedition to 21,000ft; a horseback expedition from Petra to Wadi Rum, Jordan; and working at Mother Theresa's Orphanage in Delhi.

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