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Green Point EBP Fact Sheet 1 Final

Green Point EBP Fact Sheet 1 Final

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Published by Stephen Levin
Greenpoint Environmental Benefits Project Community Consultation

Public Meeting on March 21, 2012

Location: TBD

In 2011, a settlement between the State of New York and Exxon Mobil Corporation was finalized that required the company to, among other things, pay a sum of $19,500,000 for Environmental Benefit Projects ("EBPs") to benefit the environment and public health in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (“Greenpoint EBP”).
Greenpoint Environmental Benefits Project Community Consultation

Public Meeting on March 21, 2012

Location: TBD

In 2011, a settlement between the State of New York and Exxon Mobil Corporation was finalized that required the company to, among other things, pay a sum of $19,500,000 for Environmental Benefit Projects ("EBPs") to benefit the environment and public health in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (“Greenpoint EBP”).

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GREENPOINT ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS PROJECTCommunity Consultation
FACT SHEET 1
February 2012
Background
In 2011, a settlement between the State of New York and Exxon MobilCorporation was finalized that required the company to, among other things, paya sum of $19,500,000 for Environmental Benefit Projects ("EBPs") to benefit theenvironment and public health in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (“Greenpoint EBP”).According to the settlement, such EBPs are to be designed to secure significantenvironmental improvements and address environmental areas of concern, suchas water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and airquality. The settlement also committed the State to consulting with the Greenpointcommunity on the general allocation of EBP funds that would best serve theenvironment in Greenpoint and to retain an independent community outreachconsultant to assist in this effort. The State has selected Enviro-SciencesEngineering/ARC Engineering & Construction, P.C. ("ESE") as the independentcommunity outreach consultant. The ESE team includes John Fleming, SteveFleischacker and Laura Truettner.Among other things, ESE will assist the State in identifying the Greenpointcommunity's preferences regarding:
Projects and/or types of environmental projects to receive EBP funding;and
Criteria for selecting non-profit fiscal administrators for the EBP.
Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel
 The Greenpoint EBP began with the establishment of a community-basedadvisory group -- the Greenpoint "Community Advisory Panel" (CAP) -- to provideadvice to ESE and the State on matters related to the community consultationprocess. The CAP includes representatives of the Community Committee formedduring the Newtown Creek EBP as well as several new members:1
 
NameAffiliationName Affiliation
Leah ArchibaldEWVIDCORyan KuonenCB-1Katie DennyOSA CommunityCommitteeRami MetalCouncilmember LevinsOfficeRich MazurNorth Brooklyn Dev Corp(NBDC)Emily MijatovicAssemblyman Lentol’sOfficePhillip MusegaasRiverkeeperMatthew TrapassoState Senator Dilan’sOfficeDewey ThompsonGWAPPMichaelHeimbinderNCAChristineHolowaczNCMCPaul PulloNBDC/NCMCKate ZidarNewtown Creek Alliance
Stephanie Thayer
OSALaura HofmannBarge Park PalsLaura TreciokasGWAPP
 The CAP held meetings on December 1, 2011 and January 23, 2012. During thesemeetings, the CAP discussed internal protocols for communication and operationas well as “Principles of Collaboration” regarding how the State, ESE and the CAPwill work together. The CAP also discussed the overall Greenpoint EBP processincluding alternative approaches to structuring the decision-making process andways to maximize community engagement.
Greenpoint EBP Framework 
 The Greenpoint EBP will be conducted in three phases:
Phase 1
-- The first phase of the Greenpoint EBP will involve consulting withthe Greenpoint community to identify possible projects to be funded by theEBP and criteria for selecting a non-profit fiscal administrator to manage theEBP.
Phase 2
-- Guided by the community consultation in Phase 1, the secondphase will involve the State's selection of such a non-profit fiscal administratorwho will then oversee the solicitation, review and recommendation of specificprojects to receive EBP funding. The Greenpoint community will be consultedthroughout this phase, including having an opportunity to express preferencesfor projects to be funded.
Phase 3
-- The third and final phase will involve the final selection by theState of projects to receive EBP funding and their implementation inGreenpoint.While the Greenpoint EPB just starting, it is apparent that community involvementin this EBP is significantly different from prior EBPs. Community engagement isbeginning at a much earlier point and the community is having a direct hand inguiding the EBP process itself.
Community Meeting
On March 21, 2012, the State, ESE and CAP will host a meeting of the Greenpointcommunity to discuss the Greenpoint EPB process, and to solicit community ideasfor possible projects and on criteria for selecting fiscal administrators. Thelocation for the meeting will be announced shortly.2

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