Putting Green is an 18-hole miniature golf course open to the public on the waterfront along the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. The neighborhood “pop-up” is designed to showcase the problems and solutions for some of the most pressing climate change issues facing the planet. Each of the 18 holes was created by a community partner, including artists and designers, community and school groups, environmental advocacy organizations and public agencies. The designs focus on a broad range of climate change themes including green and blue infrastructure, animal habitat, energy, and emissions. For example, Hole #1, Down the Drain, focuses on marine debris pollution; Hole #3, Capitalocene’s Melt, features a polar bear to illustrate sea ice melt. And Hole #13 is Compost Fore NYC, educating players about how recycling food scraps into compost reduces landfill methane emissions. “The course encourages players to explore their own role in understanding and solving our climate crisis,” notes the Putting Green website. All profits are donated to local organizations addressing climate change in New York City.
Putting Green is located on the site of the former Domino Sugar Factory. Decking wood and planters have been repurposed from the original planks of the factory; the bricks used for Hole #1 were also salvaged from the factory. Hole #2 features crochet décor made from recycled materials and salvaged marine debris. The water tower on Hole #5 is a repurposed steel drum from a previous construction site. In order to preserve an existing tree at Hole #7, it was incorporated into the design and the decking was built around it. Hole #9 is lined with raw recycled plastic materials. Compost made locally at Domino Park was used at Hole # 13; Hole #15 includes oyster shells and debris found locally at the waterfront.