REM 2017 PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT Sunday October 22 | 1:00–4:30 PM


Brooklyn Navy Yard Sustainability Tour

Visit the revitalized historic naval shipyard, learn about its extensive sustainability program, and taste whiskey from King's County Distillery.

For 165 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a leading naval shipyard, building some of America’s most famous fighting ships. Today the Yard is owned by the City of New York and is a center of manufacturing, technology, and craft. Explore the unique architecture and examine the many layers of history visible in the landscape, from Civil War–era machine shops to innovative LEED-Certified structures. The highlight of the tour will be the 65,000 square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. From the rooftop, we’ll also have amazing views of the Yard, and sweeping views of New York Harbor.

After the tour, we’ll taste craft whiskey at the King’s County Distillery. King’s County is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery; the first opened since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade, award-winning moonshine, bourbon and other whiskeys out of the 188 year-old Paymaster Building.

Sustainability initiatives underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard include:

  • Supporting alternative uses for building rooftops including the installation of the largest rooftop farm in NYC
  • Reusing Navy-built buildings for their original industrial intent
  • Constructing first multi-tenanted, multi-story industrial LEED Silver buildings in U.S. (including NYC's first roof mounted wind turbines)
  • Requiring new buildings and full-building renovations to be certified LEED Silver, at a minimum
  • Using green technologies for renovations and maintenance, e.g. Energy Star roofs, energy efficient windows and lighting
  • Undertaking a major water / sewer project to upgrade the Yard's aging infrastructure and improve water conservation; rebuilding the road system with improved stormwater management systems, expanded landscaping with water-loving plants, and permeable asphalt
  • Use of hybrid and low-emission vehicles for the Yard's fleet
  • Solar-powered trash compactors and solar and wind-powered street lamps
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Bicycle racks and lanes


Tour Schedule

Transportation will be provided to and from the tour from the conference hotel. Please meet in the hotel lobby for check-in at 12:45 PM on Sunday, October 22. The bus will depart the hotel promptly at 1:00 PM. 

Total time for the tour is 1:00-4:30 PM (including transportation).

To Register

The tour is free, the cost is included in the cost of your conference registration. However, advance registration is required due to limited capacity. To register for the tour, simply select the session during the REM online registration process. If you've already registered for REM, you can still add the tour. You'll need your confirmation number to access and update your registration.

Have any questions or need help registering? Contact Marcia Sitcoske at marcia.sitcoske@resource-solutions.org or 415-561-2103.