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Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects. Community Meeting 1 March 21, 2012. Meeting Objectives. Provide background and overall process for Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs) Discuss types of projects eligible for funding Conduct project charrette

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Greenpoint environmental benefit projects

Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects

Community Meeting 1

March 21, 2012


Meeting objectives

Meeting Objectives

  • Provide background and overall process for Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs)

  • Discuss types of projects eligible for funding

  • Conduct project charrette

  • Explain role of General Administrator and discuss community’s preferred selection criteria


Exxonmobil consent decree

ExxonMobil Consent Decree

  • Legally-binding settlement with ExxonMobil that resolved “land-side” (i.e., Exxon’s Greenpoint facility and in the surrounding community) portion of case brought by NY State in 2007

  • Approved by Court on February 28, 2011


Settlement terms cleanup requirements

Settlement Terms Cleanup Requirements

  • ExxonMobil contamination will be cleaned up by the company

  • All media are covered: “free product” (oil floating on the water table), contaminants dissolved in groundwater, soil contamination and vapors in the soil

  • ExxonMobil will pay for entire cost of clean-up


Environmental benefit projects ebps

Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs)

  • $19,500,000 for projects “designed to secure significant environmental improvements” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Greenpoint environmental benefit projects

“Greenpoint” defined as Zip Code 11222


Environmental benefit projects ebps1

Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs)

  • In accordance with NYSDEC EPB Policy, projects must:

    • Be in addition to all existing legal obligations of ExxonMobil; and

    • Provide a “discernable” environmental benefit


Greenpoint environmental benefit projects

GREENPOINT EBP MODEL

WE ARE HERE

Project Ideas

Community Input

Preparation

General Administrator

Project Solicitation

Community Input

Proposed Projects

Community Input

Project Selection

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Community Input

Project Implementation

Final Small Projects

Final Projects

Final Projects

Final Projects


Greenpoint environmental benefit projects

GREENPOINT EBP MODEL

WE ARE HERE

Project Ideas

Community Input

Preparation

General Administrator

Project Solicitation

Community Input

Proposed Projects

Community Input

Project Selection

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Community Input

Project Implementation

Final Small Projects

Final Projects

Final Projects

Final Projects


Greenpoint environmental benefit projects

GREENPOINT EBP MODEL

WE ARE HERE

Project Ideas

Community Input

Preparation

General Administrator

Project Solicitation

Community Input

  • Technical Scoring

  • Community Ranking

  • State Selection

Proposed Projects

Community Input

Project Selection

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Projects Administrator

Community Input

Project Implementation

Final Small Projects

Final Projects

Final Projects

Final Projects


Environmental benefit projects ebps draft timeline

Environmental Benefit Projects (EBPs) – Draft Timeline

  • March 21, 2012 – Community Meeting #1

  • September 2012 – Select General Administrator

  • September 2012 – Community Meeting #2

  • October 2012 -- Issue RFP for Projects

  • January 2013 -- Closing Date for Project Proposals

  • May 2013 -- Community Meeting #3

  • June 2013 -- Selection of Projects


State cap and ese roles

State, CAP and ESE Roles

  • State Agencies

    • Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York

    • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • State Responsibilities

    • Oversight of Greenpoint EBPs, including community consultation and decision-making process

    • Fiscal accountability

    • Final decision-making responsibility


State cap and ese roles1

State, CAP and ESE Roles

  • Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel (CAP)

    • Bring local knowledge of Greenpoint needs and concerns to process

    • Provide direct input to State and ESE on community consultation and decision-making process for EBPs

    • Serve as ambassadors to the community

    • Assist with outreach to and solicit feedback from Greenpoint community


State cap and ese roles2

State, CAP and ESE Roles

  • Enviro-Sciences Engineering (ESE)

    • Independent community outreach consultant to the State

    • Assist State in organizing and conducting community consultation and decision-making process

    • Prepare a final report in April 2012


Greenpoint environmental benefit projects1

Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects

  • Goals of Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects (per NYS Consent Decree with ExxonMobil)

    • “EBPs will be designed to secure significant environmental improvements.”

    • “EBPs will address environmental areas of concern that include but are not limited to water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and air quality.”


Greenpoint environmental benefit projects2

Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects

  • Eligible environmental benefit projects (per NYSDEC EBP Policy)

    • Projects must provide a discernible benefit to the environment and/or reduce risks to the environment

    • Projects must have a potential to yield significant benefits and be within the capability of the State to review and oversee

    • Project must be located in the geographic area or community adversely affected by the violation


Project types

Project Types

  • Project Types consistent with Greenpoint priorities, ExxonMobil CD and NYSDEC EBP Policy

    • Environmental education programs

    • Existing park/open space rehabilitation

    • Acquisition/creation of new park/open space

    • Stormwater management (such as green roofs)

    • Clean energy (such as solar panels)


Project types cont d

Project Types (cont’d)

  • Project Types consistent with Greenpoint priorities, ExxonMobil CD and NYSDEC EBP Policy (cont’d)

    • Community facilities that provide a significant environmental improvement

    • Waterfront/waterway access

    • Urban forestry

    • Air quality Improvements

    • Biological remediation of soil and/or water


Community exercise

Community Exercise

  • What do you love about Greenpoint?

  • What could be done to improve the environment in Greenpoint?


Charrette

Charrette

  • Consider eligibility criteria for projects

  • If possible, tie project idea to a location in Greenpoint

  • Project ideas should be as specific as possible

  • Prepare list of projects for report out at end of 30 minute discussion


Solicitation for projects

Solicitation for Projects

  • Request for Proposals (RFP) will encourage proposals for different types of projects

    • For projects specified by community during charrette

    • For projects that are consistent with final list of project types;

    • For small projects (e.g., under $50,000)


General administrator responsibilities

General AdministratorResponsibilities

  • Project Solicitation, Review and Selection

    • Management of project solicitation, including RFP process, and proposer recruitment and assistance

    • Management of proposal review, including organizing independent technical as well as community review

    • Recommendations to State


General administrator responsibilities cont d

General AdministratorResponsibilities (cont’d)

  • Project Implementation

    • Active, on-going oversight, management and assistance

  • Fiscal Management

    • Management of $19.5 M in funds

    • Execution, administration and oversight of contracts


General administrator responsibilities cont d1

General AdministratorResponsibilities (cont’d)

  • Community Consultation

    • Ensuring effective, on-going community involvement and decision-making

  • Reporting

    • Regular reporting to State, CAP and community on progress of Greenpoint EPBs

    • On-going status reporting to State on financial, administrative and other overall programmatic elements of EPBs.


General administrator

General Administrator

  • CAP Input

    • Develop Preliminary Criteria for GA Selection

    • Work with State on RFP and GA selection to the extent allowed by NYS procurement rules

    • April 4, 2012 meeting to discuss further details

  • Community Input

    • Provide Preferences on Criteria for GA Selection


General administrator1

General Administrator

  • CAP’s Preliminary Criteria for GA

    • Expertise in managing large request for proposals and technical review processes

    • Local presence/experience

    • Community outreach experience

    • Financial management experience

    • Cost effective administration


Next steps

Next Steps

  • Distribution of Fact Sheet with summary of meeting and projects discussed

  • April 4, 2012 CAP meeting to discuss process for soliciting and selecting GA

  • ESE to prepare report for State

  • Contact State, ESE or CAP members with additional ideas for projects


Contact information

Contact Information

  • Project website: www.ag.ny.gov/environmental/ greenpoint-environmental-benefit-projects

  • Laura Truettner, ESE at [email protected]

  • Michelle Moore, NYSDEC at [email protected]

  • Peter Washburn, NYSAG at [email protected]


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