Question: Do you know examples of direct community environmental interventions?

gretchengehrke asked on October 17, 2017 21:29
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Hi folks! I am looking for examples of when communities have taken action to remediate an environmental contamination or mitigate exposure to it, without requesting funding or intervention by governmental agencies. Most of the examples of neighborhood hazard mitigation that I've seen have been funded by the EPA or state environmental agencies, and I am hoping to learn from situations where communities have self-organized, funded, and implemented remediation or mitigation strategies. Please answer below if you know of any!



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Here's an example of phytoremediation in the Bronx with La Finca del Sur garden and Kaja Kuhl http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/lab/field-lab/


gretchengehrke 6 months ago

This is so cool! Thanks Liz!

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Mel Chin's phytoremediation land art in collaboration with USDA, 1991-ongoing: http://melchin.org/oeuvre/revival-field


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Agnes Denes' Tree Mountain, a fractal-like planting of trees on a landform re-constructed over a former mining site http://www.agnesdenesstudio.com/works5.html


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Zachary Damato's project of floating gardens on the Chicago River http://urbanriv.org/ Prior examples in NYC by landscape architects Gena Wirth ( @gwirth ), current examples by Diana Balmori http://www.balmori.com/portfolio/growonus

Here's a how-to from around the interwebs: http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/how-to-build-a-floating-trash-island.html


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