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Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar
Start Date: 2/3/2021Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 2/3/2021End Time: 6:00 PM

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Join us next Wednesday, February 3rd!

February's Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities seminar will feature speakers working on an environmental justice campaign in North Brooklyn. This seminar, Environmental Justice in NYC: Addressing Toxic Air Quality in North Brooklyn, is the second of a three-part series on environmental justice work in the urban northeast.

North Brooklyn, and in particular Williamburg’s historically Latinx Southside, experiences twice the rate of asthma-related hospitalizations than the rest of Brooklyn and NYC, due in part to the significant amount of industrial infrastructure in the area such as waste transfer stations and peaker power plants that brings heavy truck traffic through residential streets. El Puente, an environmental and social justice organization based in South Williamsburg, has launched dozens of successful campaigns in their nearly four-decade history. El Puente’s Green Light District is a strategic community sustainability and development plan that “flip[s] the disempowerment of gentrification and put[s] the power of transformation in the hands of its residents and stakeholders”. A program that has come out of this work is the “Nuestro Aire/Our Air” campaign, a citizen science project to monitor toxic air quality in South Williamsburg. Masoom Moitra, Director of the Green Light District, will talk about the Nuestro Aire/Our Campaign, and how El Puente balances the needs of environmental justice communities with the technical expertise that university partners have to offer, exploring the tension of what data means to the communities on the ground. Dr. Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Director of the Tishman Environment & Design Center at The New School, will join the conversation to discuss her role and approach in this partnership with El Puente’s Green Light District. 

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Contact Information:
Name: Korin Tangtrakul
Email: krt73@drexel.edu
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