Gowanus Conservancy Head

September 19, 2008 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

LAUREN ELVERS COLLINS recently joined the Gowanus Canal Conservancy as its new deputy director. Collins, who lives with her husband, BENTON, and two sons in Windsor Terrace, is not a newcomer to GCC. She organized the group’s first green festival, Gowanus Goes Green, in June, and has been closely involved with GCC’s plan to install Sponge Park along the Gowanus Canal. “My parents instilled in me a genuine appreciation for community and not-for-profit work,” said Collins in a statement. “I’m thrilled to join Bob Zuckerman and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and look forward to contributing to the organization’s goals of cleaning up the Gowanus Canal and making it into one of the great Brooklyn waterfronts.”

While she will concentrate on advancing the goals of GCC, Collins will also work with Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation and Friends of Community Board 6 as they use a $275,000 Brownfield Opportunity Grant to identify and redevelop contaminated land in the Gowanus area. Collins is a co-founder of the Windsor Terrace Alliance, and previously was director of campaign operations at United Way of NYC.

ANDY SIMONS, chairman of the Conservancy, said, “Over the last year, Lauren has shown incredible drive and organizational skills, as well as great ability with public outreach in our community. I am very happy that she is joining us full time.”

by Caitlin McNamara
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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