Biodiversity to BiodiverCITY

The theme of the Urban Soils Fest Weekend is exploring the diversity and development of soils in the urban world and how they hold the capacity to build and optimize biodiversity and ecological productivity; how urban soils can/do optimize biodiversity, carbon storage, and ecological productivity through our food systems, green infrastructure, climate resiliency work, restoration/remediation/rehabilitation of our environment and ecosystems.  

Fifty percent of the world’s population lives in cities. Even though cities make up just a small 2% of the earth’s land use, their impact is far greater than their boundaries. Nature and climate change don’t conform to these boundaries. Cities are tightly interconnected to the rest of the world, and therefore have a proportionately large influence on our resources and environment through population density, consumerism, and waste. Scientists hypothesize that cities use 75% of the resources we take from the Earth.

Much of the urban development causes soil sealing, alteration of soil properties, and fragmented landscapes, leading to a loss of connectivity between habitats. These changes have marked effects on multiple ecosystem services linked to air and water quality, biodiversity, and human well-being. Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, heat island effect, are some of the effects and changes cities have on the global and local environment.

But if we find solutions to these problems, these problems become opportunities for cities to make a positive change in our world’s food system, environmental health, and to reconnect the urban with the non-urban.

How?

Cities have urban soils.  We live with them, on them, but do we know everything about them? No. What we do know is that urban soils…are soils. Like all soils, they have a high capacity for influencing the environment because they support life through various functions, providing ecosystem services, like cleaning our air and water, and providing the nutrients and structure to support our vegetation and our food.  

Biodiversity is supported by soils, and supports life. Its Earth’s dynamic balance, of which each piece is essential.

Urban soils are diverse.

Their potential is diverse.

Herein lies the choice: stay as we are or learn from the soils and optimize their greatest potential and capacity to support life, biodiversity and optimize ecological productivity to develop sustainable cities. 

What does it mean to develop sustainable cities? Within their boundaries?

What is biodiversity?

Do our cities have biodiversity?

Is it in our goals to implement nature-based solutions and green cities in order to fulfill what we call sustainability?

How important is it?

When is it important?

Who decides?

How do we play a role; in how we value nature in the city; in how we engineer it; through what we eat, through our daily lifestyle choices?

This is the subject of our Fourth Annual Urban Soils Symposium and the Urban Soils Fest Weekend.

Join us to discuss, deliberate, and find solutions.


We’ve just made getting to Floyd Bennett Field easier than ever! Shuttle services will be running to and from Beach 108th Street and Atlantic Terminal in the mornings and evenings on Oct 11th and 12th. Check out the Directions section under both events for more info!

Friday, October 11th

Rockaway Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 8:10 AM and 9:10 AM at the Beach 108th location and at 8 PM and 9 PM from Aviator Sports and Recreation Center.

Atlantic Terminal Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 7:45 AM and 9:45 AM at the Atlantic Terminal location (north side of PC Richards, intersection of Atlantic Ave and 4th Ave – Bus Company Name: Consolidated Transit) and at 7 PM and 9 PM from Ecology Village.

Saturday, October 12th

Rockaway Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 10:25 AM and 11:25 AM at the Beach 108th location and at 6 PM and 7 PM from Ecology Village.

Atlantic Terminal Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM at the Atlantic Terminal location (north side of PC Richards, intersection of 4th Ave and Atlantic Ave, Bus Company Name: Consolidated Transit) and at 4 PM and 6 PM from Ecology Village.

Rockaway        Atlantic Terminal 

 


Click on a location pin for more information. Then, click the  icon on the bottom-right portion of the map to navigate to that location using Google Maps!


Register for USI Symposium - Oct 11

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4th Annual Urban Soils Symposium

Friday, October 11 from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Aviator Sports and Recreation Center
Sky Mezzanine, Floyd Bennett Field
3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234

USI is a platform for people and their soils; for connecting, collaborating, developing and seeking non-typical relationships and collaborations, that are united in soils.

The annual symposium has become the heart and product of this mission, bringing together people of different backgrounds, philosophies, disciplines, cultures, to stitch together efforts, challenge today for tomorrow, and to unite and strengthen our mutual goal:  to make things better, to be better, to have a healthier us and planet.

The speakers and audience are equally important, the presentations being the stimulus to the discussion. Everyone coming from different backgrounds, puts everyone on the same level, making everyone an equal part of the symposium and discussion.

We learn together, we do together. For the people, by the people. The symposium is the seed for discussion, thought, collaboration-the platform and springboard to get things going, to go from idea to implementation, to stimulate work and relationships that function beyond the symposiums, to keep the work and conversations going.

This year, we are launching our urban soil courses and workshop series that will offer more space and time for discussion and learning. Let’s keep on!

 

Bring your soil with a story to be part of the world Soil Mosaic at the symposium and festival!
(save some of it and get it tested for heavy metals at the Festival)
Agenda

Symposium 2019 Agenda For website download


Download the PDF version of the agenda HERE!

Speakers

List of Speakers

More speakers coming soon!


 

Jean-Louis Morel is professor emeritus in environmental biology at the University of Lorraine (UL). His research interests are i) the dynamics of pollutants in soil-plant systems, ii) the evolution of soils strongly affected by human activities, and iii) the remediation of polluted and degraded soils based on phytoremediation, agromining, and soil restoration. He created and led until 2012 the Laboratoire Sols & Environnement of UL and INRA. He chairs the GISFI, a scientific consortium devoted to understanding the functioning of brownfield sites and the development of soil remediation technologies. He leads the International Joint Lab ECOLAND between Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), Guangzhou and UL to develop ecosystem services provided by contaminated land, and he is appointed Adjunct Professor at SYSU. He chaired from 2007 to 2015 the SUITMA group (Soils of

 

Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas) of the International Union of Soil Science. https://sites.google.com/site/wgsuitma/home/members/jean-louis-morel


 

Elvira Dovletyarova is Director of the Department of Landscape Design and Sustainable Ecosystems RUDN University of Russia, Associate Professor, PhD. Director of the RUDN studio of Landscape architecture and design. In 2007, the Department of Landscape Design and Sustainable Ecosystems was opened at RUDN University, under her leadership. She is Vice-President of the Association of Landscape Architects of Russia, member of the Soil Science Society named after V. V. Dokuchaev. Author of more than 70 scientific and methodological works.​


 

Margaret Boozer is a Ceramist and Sculptor. She lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area. She received a BFA in sculpture from Auburn University and an MFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Boozer developed an interest in digging native clays that has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explores intersections of art and science. Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The US Department of State among others. Recent projects include a large scale mapping/ earth work for MGM National Harbor in Maryland using local clay dug from the site. Her gallery is Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, CO where she recently exhibited Margaret Boozer: Harbor Studies. She is currently working on a collaborative project with NYC Urban Soils Institute.

Full Bio Link: http://www.margaretboozer.com/contact.html


 

Richard Shaw is a NJ State Soil Scientist at the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service. His responsibilities include providing technical soils assistance to internal and external customers in NJ and NYC, serving as liaison to National Cooperative Soil Survey partners, and overseeing the management and distribution of local soils information. Dr. Shaw received his M.S. & Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Soils and Crops at Rutgers University. He is a Co-Founder of the USI.

Full Bio link: https://www.usi.nyc/richard-shaw.html


 

Mike Rezny is the Assistant Director of GrowNYC's community-based urban agriculture program, Open Space Greening. Open Space Greening, founded in 1975, has built more than 115 community gardens and urban farms in all 5 boroughs and provided material and technical assistance to hundreds of open spaces. Over the last 6 years, Mike has overseen the construction of 51 community gardens, a teaching farm on Governors Island, and the T5 Farm at JFK Airport.


 

Dr. Daniel Walsh is a geochemist with over 30 years of experience in government regulating environmental quality. He was appointed by the Bloomberg administration to serve as founding director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. He formerly directed the Superfund, Brownfield & Solid Waste programs for New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation in NYC. He served as NYS Chief of Operations for the World Trade Center disaster.

He founded the U.S. only municipally-run land cleanup program in 2010 and lead its growth to the second largest remediation programs in the U.S. Dr. Walsh has directed environmental cleanup of over 10,000 properties in his career, perhaps as many as anyone in U.S. history. He is an advocate for municipal environmental governance and has established innovative urban programs, such as the world’s first urban soil bank (NYC Clean Soil Bank) to build coastal storm-surge barriers and reduce toxin exposure in urban soils. He is an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University where he performs research on municipal environmental governance, the use of materials banking to improve recycling and sustainability in urban areas, and urban environmental history.


Department of Landscape Design and Sustainable Ecosystems, RUDN University

 

Dr. Viacheslav I. Vasenev, soil scientists and environmental scientist, obtained PhD degree in Lomonosov Moscow State University (2011) and Wageningen University (2015). Dr Vasenev is associate professor at the Department of Landscape design and sustainable ecosystems in RUDN University (Russia), co-founder and coordinator of the international summer school “Monitoring, modelling and management of urban green infrastructure and soils (3MUGIS)” and a double-diploma master program “Management and design of urban green infrastructure”, provided by RUDN University in cooperation with Tuscia University (Italy). The main research interests and scientific expertise relate to urban soils, their functions and services, including soil organic carbon stocks, microbiological activity green house gases emissions. Most of the research projects leaded by Dr Vasenev link urban soils to sustainable development of urban green infrastructure.


 

Dr. Gerd Wessolek a Professor and Chair of the Soil Protection Group at the   Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany.  His research focuses on urban soil physics and urban hydrology. Initiating “SoilArt” activities, he tries to give soils and soil science a broader exposure to the wider community through paintings, presentations, books, movies, exhibitions, and calendars.

 

Full Bio link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerd-wessolek-07a59272/


 

Dr. Paul Mankiewicz received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York/New York Botanical Garden Joint Program in Plant Sciences. He holds patents on a modular, in-vessel composting system, on an ultra-lightweight green roof plant growth media, and for a biogeochemical reactor for the breakdown of dioxins and PCBs. Paul was a former president of the Torrey Botanical Society, chair of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, and former chair of the Bronx Solid Waste Advisory Board. He has designed and built natural landscapes to remove and sequester metals, hydrocarbons and excess nutrients from runoff and wastewater, capture carbon, and lower air conditioning and heating costs.

 

Beginning in 2002, Dr. Mankiewicz began design work on the first community garden constructed for lead mitigation and stormwater capture at El Jardin del Paraiso on E 4th St. on the Lower East Side. In 2004, the first green roofs in the Bronx were installed at St. Simon Stock Convent and Grammar School followed by the first industrial-scale stormwater treatment meadow and green wall at Sims Recycling – a zero-discharge, ecologically-based stormwater capture system on the six acre truck-to-barge material handling facility on the Bronx River. In 2009, The Gaia Institute designed and installed the first process water/greywater treatment green roof on the Linda Tool Corporation building in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in 2010 put in the first ten of the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030 enhanced tree-pits for street-side stormwater capture. This past year, the first green roof over blue roof was put in place on the 22,000 sq. ft. Falk Recreation Facility at Einstein Medical College in the Bronx to be irrigated with repurposed backwash water from the swimming pool filter.


 

Luis Hernandez is Soil Survey Regional Director for Soil Survey Region 12. In this position he provides overall leadership for soil survey quality control & assurance in the glaciated northeast. He possess 26 years of experience mapping, classifying, and interpreting soils. He was responsible for leading the NYC Soil Survey Program from 1994 – 2001.


Research Fellow, Center of Mathematical Modeling and Design of Sustainable Ecosystems of Agrarian-Technological Institute, RUDN University

 

Dr. Ramilla Hajiaghaeva is a research Fellow at the Center of Mathematical Modeling and Design of Sustainable Ecosystems of Agrarian-Technological Institute, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) in Moscow. Her current area of scientific interests is radioecology and soil chemistry.

 

Full Bio link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramilla-hajiaghayeva-239615b2/

Directions

We've just made getting to Floyd Bennett Field easier! Shuttle buses will be running from the Rockaway Ferry Stop and Atlantic Terminal!

Rockaway Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 8:10 AM and 9:10 AM at the Beach 108th location and at 8 PM and 9 PM from Aviator Sports and Recreation Center.


Atlantic Terminal Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 7:45 AM and 9:45 AM at the Atlantic Terminal location (north side of PC Richards, intersection of Atlantic Ave and 4th Ave - Bus Company Name: Consolidated Transit) and at 7 PM and 9 PM from Ecology Village.

Aviator Center is easily accessible by the Q35 bus which runs along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn or by car.

 

For up-to-date, responsive public transportation directions, we highly recommend using the smartphone app Citymapper. We are not endorsed or partnered with Citymapper, Google Maps or Waze in any way.

 

Ferry Access:

  1. Taking the ferry is the easiest way to get to Floyd Bennett Field from Manhattan. Take the Rockaway-bound ferry from Wall St/Pier 11 to Beach 108th St. and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways. This trip should take about an hour, so please plan accordingly. The ferry schedule and travel time can be found at this link
  2. If you arrive at Beach 108th St and Beach Channel Drive during shuttle hours: Please look for a USI shuttle to take you to Aviator Sports & Recreation Center. 
  3. If you arrive outside of shuttle hours: Walk west along Beach Channel Drive for 9 minutes until you reach Beach 116th st. 
  4. Get on the Av H/Flatbush Av-bound Q35 bus for 22 stops (20 minutes) until you reach the Flatbush Av/Opp Gateway Sports stop.
  5. Get off at this stop and walk 5 minutes to Aviator Sports and Recreation Center. 

Subway Access:

  1. Take the Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College bound 2 or 5 trains to the LAST STOP (Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College)
  2. Walk 2 minutes to the Q35 - Jacob Riis Pk Rd/Bath House/Newport Av/Beach 116th St bus stop.
  3. Take either of the four Q35 buses mentioned above 6 stops until Flatbush Av/Gateway Sports
  4. Walk approximately 6 minutes to Aviator Sports & Events Center

OR

  1. Take the 2,3,4,5,B,D,N,Q,R trains to Atlantic Ave - Barclays Center.
  2. Walk to the shuttle pickup location to catch the 7:45 AM or 9:45 AM shuttle
  3. Take the shuttle directly to Aviator Sports and Recreation Center

Bus Access

  1. Take the B8, B41 or B44 bus to Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College
  2. Walk two minutes to the Q35 - Jacob Riis Pk Rd/Bath House/Newport Av/Beach 116th bus stop
  3. Take either of the four Q35 buses mentioned above for 6 stops until Flatbush Av/Gateway Sports
  4. Walk approximately 6 minutes to Aviator Sports & Events Center

OR

  1. Take the B3, B41 or B47 bus to Kings Plaza
  2. Transfer to the Q35 - Jacob Riis Pk Rd/Bath House/Newport Av/Beach 116th bus
  3. Take either of the four Q35 buses mentioned above for 2 stops until Flatbush Av/Gateway Sports
  4. Walk approximately 6 minutes to Aviator Sports & Events Center

Driving Directions

  1. The address for Aviator Sports & Events Center is 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Enter this address into Google Maps, Waze or another driving app for responsive directions, or follow the instructions below. Please be aware: cellular reception is poor in this area of Brooklyn so it is unlikely that you will receive service once you get off the Belt Parkway or past Kings Plaza on Flatbush Avenue.
  2. The two fastest ways to arrive at Floyd Bennett Field and Aviator Sports is to either take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S, then drive south along Flatbush Ave once you get off the exit ramp, or simply take Flatbush Ave south from a different access point.
  3. Continue along Flatbush Ave, drive past the marina to your right and take the LAST left turn before the Marine Parkway Bridge. There will be sign informing you about the bridge toll - continue past the sign and enter the left turning lane immediately before the bridge. DO NOT TAKE THE BRIDGE.
  4. Turn left unto Aviation Rd and you are now in Floyd Bennett Field. 
  5. Drive along Aviation Rd until the FIRST left turn, enter the left turning lane and turn left to proceed along a two-lane road that starts off with a median.
  6. You will pass a large, brown brick building to your left with a communications tower. That is the Ryan Visitor Center. Proceed along this road until you see the second building to your left which is the Aviator Sports & Events Center, with a large parking lot in front of it. Parking is free-of-charge and there is no time limit.
Sponsorships

Information for Prospective Sponsors

NYC Urban Soils Institute is a non-profit coalition that relies on the generous contributions from sponsors to continue providing excellent and valuable events such as the Urban Soils Fest Weekend! Please review our sponsorship options below and email us at info@usi.nyc if you're interested!

 

2019 USI Partnership Package


Register for Soils, Art & Harvest Festival - Oct 12
Participate In The Soils, Art & Harvest Festival
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Saturday October 12th 2019
11 am to 7 pm
Ecology Village (Building 70)
Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn, NY 11234

 

NYC Urban Soils Institute, National Park Service, and RUDN University, are hosting the City’s 1st ever Urban Soils Art and Harvest Festival! It will be held in NYC’s very own National Park: Gateway National Park at Ecology Village in Floyd Bennett Field.

 

The Festival will have artists, scientists, urban farmers, educators, landscape architects, architects, practitioners from diverse sectors. They show their work, what they’re exploring, with interactive demos or activities.

 

Come with friends, family, colleagues, and join us for workshops, art-science exhibits, food, music, harvest festival with local urban farms, and games. Experience the world of soils in our city and how they secretly support our city and daily lives. This is an event for all ages. 

 

Celebrate!

 

Attendees: Be Part of the Soil Mosaic! Bring your soil with a story to be part of the world map of soil at the symposium and festival! Be represented by your soil and become part of the soil mosaic of the world!

Schedule & Events

All Day 

 

Installations, Exhibits, and Demonstrations from by scientists and Art Extension Service artists!

 

Free Soil Testing

 

Bring a ziplock bag of your garden soil and let us screen it for you using our state-of-the-art Olympus Vanta-C XRF instrument. You'll find out about the heavy metal content of your soil in as little as 60-seconds. A free consultation about the results is included!

 

Live Music and Games!


 

Workshop Rotations:

 

Experience the park with all of your senses by exploring the trails around Ecology Village with NPS Park Ranger, Holly Stagg

 

Bird Walks with the National Audubon Society

 

Science Sampler Workshops

  • Science Research Workshop in the garden with Cornell University Cooperative Extension

     
  • Invasives Management in garden with NYC Urban Soils Institute

  •  
  • Soil Pit Workshop with NYC Urban Soils Institute (for kids and adults)

  •  
  • GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) Workshop with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (for kids and adults)

     
  • Soil Judging with soil scientists from the Natural Resources Conservation Service

     

Art

 

  • Interactive Art Workshops and Installations by Artist Extension Service artists

     

 

2:00 PM at the Ecology Village Gymnasium

 

Mycology Powwow - Learn about the incredible role of fungi in soil health and development


Directions

We've just made getting to Floyd Bennett Field easier! Shuttle buses will be running from the Rockaway Ferry Stop and Atlantic Terminal!
Rockaway Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 10:25 AM and 11:25 AM at the Beach 108th location and at 6 PM and 7 PM from Ecology Village.


Atlantic Terminal Shuttle Service: Shuttle bus hours are 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM at the Atlantic Terminal location (north side of PC Richards, intersection of 4th Ave and Atlantic Ave, Bus Company Name: Consolidated Transit) and at 4 PM and 6 PM from Ecology Village.

Ecology Village (Building 70) is easily accessible by the Q35 bus which runs along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn or by car.

 

For up-to-date, responsive public transportation directions, we highly recommend using the smartphone app Citymapper. We are not endorsed or partnered with Citymapper, Google Maps or Waze in any way.

 

Ferry Access:

  1. Taking the ferry is the easiest way to get to Floyd Bennett Field from Manhattan. Take the Rockaway-bound ferry from Wall St/Pier 11 to Beach 108th St. and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways. This trip should take about an hour, so please plan accordingly. The ferry schedule and travel time can be found at this link
  2. If you arrive at Beach 108th St and Beach Channel Drive during shuttle hours: Please look for a USI shuttle to take you to Aviator Sports & Recreation Center. 
  3. If you arrive outside of shuttle hours: Walk west along Beach Channel Drive for 9 minutes until you reach Beach 116th st. 
  4. Get on the Av H/Flatbush Av-bound Q35 bus for 20 stops (18 minutes) until you reach the Flatbush Av/Floyd Bennett Field Entrance or ask the bus driver to inform you of this stop.
  5. Get off at this stop and enter Floyd Bennett Field along Aviation Rd. 
  6. Continue walking along Aviation Rd for approximately 7 minutes until you see a sign that says NYC Sanitation Department. Turn left at the sign and continue along this road. The NYC Sanitation building should be to your right.
  7. Continue walking for 2 minutes until you reach a fork. Take the right side of the fork around the bend and continue walking until you see a sign that says Ecology Village.
  8. Follow the sign to your destination.
  9. If you get lost inside Floyd Bennett Field, ask a park ranger (grayish-green ranger uniforms) or employee for assistance. NYC Urban Soils Institute will place additional signs for ease of access.

Subway Access:

  1. Take the Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College bound 2 or 5 trains to the LAST STOP (Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College)
  2. Walk 2 minutes to the Q35 - Jacob Riis Pk Rd/Bath House/Newport Av/Beach 116th St bus stop.
  3. Take either of the four Q35 buses mentioned above 8 stops until Flatbush Av/Floyd Bennett Field Entrance
  4. Cross Flatbush Ave and enter Aviation Rd. You are now in Floyd Bennett Field. 
  5. Continue walking along Aviation Rd for approximately 7 minutes until you see a sign that says NYC Sanitation Department. Turn left at the sign and continue along this road. The NYC Sanitation building should be to your right.
  6. Continue walking for 2 minutes until you reach a fork. Take the right side of the fork around the bend and continue walking until you see a sign that says Ecology Village.
  7. Follow the sign to your destination.
  8. If you get lost inside Floyd Bennett Field, ask a park ranger (grayish-green ranger uniforms) or employee for assistance. NYC Urban Soils Institute will place additional signs for ease of access.

OR

  1. Take the 2,3,4,5,B,D,N,Q,R trains to Atlantic Ave - Barclays Center.
  2. Walk to the shuttle pickup location to catch the 10:30 AM or 12:30 PM shuttle
  3. Take the shuttle directly to Ecology Village

Bus Access

  1. Take the B8, B41 or B44 bus to Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College
  2. Walk two minutes to the Q35 - Jacob Riis Pk Rd/Bath House/Newport Av/Beach 116th bus stop
  3. Take either of the four Q35 buses mentioned above for 8 stops until Flatbush Av/Floyd Bennett Field Entrance
  4. Cross Flatbush Ave and enter Aviation Rd. You are now in Floyd Bennett Field. 
  5. Continue walking along Aviation Rd for approximately 7 minutes until you see a sign that says NYC Sanitation Department. Turn left at the sign and continue along this road. The NYC Sanitation building should be to your right.
  6. Continue walking for 2 minutes until you reach a fork. Take the right side of the fork around the bend and continue walking until you see a sign that says Ecology Village.
  7. Follow the sign to your destination.
  8. If you get lost inside Floyd Bennett Field, ask a park ranger (grayish-green ranger uniforms) or employee for assistance. NYC Urban Soils Institute will place additional signs for ease of access.

OR

  1. Take the B3, B41 or B47 bus to Kings Plaza
  2. Transfer to the Q35 - Jacob Riis Pk Rd/Bath House/Newport Av/Beach 116th bus
  3. Take either of the four Q35 buses mentioned above for 4 stops until Flatbush Av/Floyd Bennett Field Entrance
  4. Cross Flatbush Ave and enter Aviation Rd. You are now in Floyd Bennett Field. 
  5. Continue walking along Aviation Rd for approximately 7 minutes until you see a sign that says NYC Sanitation Department. Turn left at the sign and continue along this road. The NYC Sanitation building should be to your right.
  6. Continue walking for 2 minutes until you reach a fork. Take the right side of the fork around the bend and continue walking until you see a sign that says Ecology Village.
  7. Follow the sign to your destination.
  8. If you get lost inside Floyd Bennett Field, ask a park ranger (grayish-green ranger uniforms) or employee for assistance. NYC Urban Soils Institute will place additional signs for ease of access.

Driving Directions

  1. The address for Ecology Village is Campsite Trail, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Enter this address into Google Maps, Waze or another driving app for responsive directions, or follow the instructions below. Please be aware: cellular reception is poor in this area of Brooklyn so it is unlikely that you will receive service once you get off the Belt Parkway or past Kings Plaza on Flatbush Avenue.
  2. The two fastest ways to arrive at Floyd Bennett Field and Ecology Village (Building 70) is to either take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S, then drive south along Flatbush Ave once you get off the exit ramp, or simply take Flatbush Ave south from a different access point.
  3. Continue along Flatbush Ave, drive past the marina to your right and take the LAST left turn before the Marine Parkway Bridge. There will be sign informing you about the bridge toll - continue past the sign and enter the left turning lane immediately before the bridge. DO NOT TAKE THE BRIDGE.
  4. Turn left unto Aviation Rd and you are now in Floyd Bennett Field. 
  5. Drive along Aviation Rd until the SECOND left turn and turn left to proceed along a narrow two-lane road, indicated by a sign that says NYC Sanitation Department.
  6. You will reach a fork in the road. Take the right fork and continue along the bend. You will see another left turn with a sign that says Ecology Village. Take this left turn and you will arrive at your destination. Parking is free-of-charge and there is no time limit. Please wait to be directed by a USI staff member to your parking location.
Sponsorships

Information for Prospective Sponsors

NYC Urban Soils Institute is a non-profit coalition that relies on the generous contributions from sponsors to continue providing excellent and valuable events such as the Urban Soils Fest Weekend! Please review our sponsorship options below and email us at info@usi.nyc if you're interested!

 

2019 USI Partnership Package

Register for Urban Soils & Green Infrastructure Tour - Oct 13

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Urban Soils & GI Tour
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Pick-Up Location: Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn

 

Join us for the real-life, out-of-classroom experience:

 

Explore the soils and roots of restoration and regeneration efforts on NYC’s first airfield, built on fill, now our national park, at Floyd Bennett Field.

 

Find out about the wonderful efforts of some of New York City's most talented ecological minds in improving water quality and hurricane resiliency by visiting the Bush Terminal Park to learn about the Billion Oyster Project and salt marsh restoration.

 

Learn about the future of eco-industrial innovation by visiting GBX - Gowanus Bay Terminal and observing the cutting edge designs of the RETI Floating Lab and clean energy generation through anaerobic digestion.

 

Observe how communities come together to insure food security, carbon emissions reduction and the many sociological benefits of urban gardening at the Lincoln Berkeley Community Garden.

Schedule

Directions

Coming soon once pick-up location is confirmed!

Sponsorships

Information for Prospective Sponsors

NYC Urban Soils Institute is a non-profit coalition that relies on the generous contributions from sponsors to continue providing excellent and valuable events such as the Urban Soils Fest Weekend! Please review our sponsorship options below and email us at info@usi.nyc if you're interested!

 

2019 USI Partnership Package

Register for Urban Soils & Art Workshop - Oct 14

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Monday October 14th 2019
11 am to 5 pm
SWALE House (Building 15)
Nolan Park
Governor's Island, NY 10004

 

Keep the conversation going!

 

Join us for workshops at SWALE house in Nolan Park on Governor’s Island: home to our Art Extension Service Project Soils Initiative (art and soils residency and project development network)

 

Here we experiment, encourage, and forge new conversations and collaborations-with art and science working together to probe, explore, and challenge what we know and don’t know about our world in its intrinsic relationships through soils.

 

Bring your ideas, question, curiosity to these workshops:

 

11am-12:30pm: Soil As Art Seminar and Hands-on workshop with professor and artist, Gerd Wessolek from TU Berlin, co-editor of Field to Palette

 

Gerd Wessolek a Professor and Chair of the Soil Protection Group at the   Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany. His research focuses on urban soil physics and urban hydrology. Initiating “SoilArt” activities, he tries to give soils and soil science a broader exposure to the wider community through paintings, presentations, books, movies, exhibitions, and calendars.

 

 

 

1 - 2:30pm: WATERWASH for a Swimmable Bronx River, Porch Chat with scientist Ed Landa and artist Lillian Ball, whose work is part of Field to Palette. The porch chat will focus on WATERWASH Bronx River, an award winning constructed wetland in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. The project was designed and overseen by artist Lillian Ball. Environments such as these can showcase the varied and exciting processes that occur in the soil.

 

Edward R. Landa holds an MS and PhD in soil science from the University of Minnesota and he joined the US Geological Survey/ Geochemistry Research Group in 1978 after a post doc at Oregon State University. Ed is presently an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. His research has focused on the fate and transport of inorganic contaminants introduced into the surficial environment by human activities. He has participated in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Chernobyl Project and as a Fulbright senior specialist in Kyrgyzstan. Ed has an active interest in the interface of environmental science with the humanities and social sciences. He has published on the history of the radium extraction industry, the description of color in science and art, and the depiction of soils in films. His screenplay Artists, dealing with the radium dial painters, won the Governor’s Screenwriting Competition at the 1991 Virginia Festival of Film. He coedited Soil and Culture (Springer, 2010) and The Soil Underfoot: Infinite Possibilities for a Finite Resource (CRC Press, 2014).

 

Lillian Ball: https://lillianball.com/lillianball_new/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 - 4:30pm: Join us to explore the ground-breaking NYC Reconnaissance Soil Survey with project leader Richard K Shaw (State soil scientist, USDA-NRCS NJ/NY, cofounder of USI) and artist Margaret Boozer (Director of USI Art Extension Service). Their their collaborative project, the Urban Soils Room at Governors Island, offers an opportunity to look deeply into the soils we are standing on.  We will share what we are learning about the history recorded by Laguardia soil on Governors Island. Plus, well investigate RSS soils on the new and improved Soil Web app, and learn more about this valuable tool. 

 

Richard Shaw is a NJ State Soil Scientist at the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service. His responsibilities include providing technical soils assistance to internal and external customers in NJ and NYC, serving as liaison to National Cooperative Soil Survey partners, and overseeing the management and distribution of local soils information. Dr. Shaw received his M.S. & Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Soils and Crops at Rutgers University. He is a Co-Founder of the USI.

 

Margaret Boozer is a Ceramist and Sculptor. She lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area. She received a BFA in sculpture from Auburn University and an MFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Boozer developed an interest in digging native clays that has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explores intersections of art and science. Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The US Department of State among others. Recent projects include a large scale mapping/ earth work for MGM National Harbor in Maryland using local clay dug from the site. Her gallery is Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, CO where she recently exhibited Margaret Boozer: Harbor Studies. She is currently working on a collaborative project with NYC Urban Soils Institute.

Schedule

Monday October 14th 2019
11 am to 5 pm
SWALE House (Building 15)
Nolan Park
Governor's Island, NY 10004

 

11am-12:30pm

 Soil As Art Seminar and Hands-on workshop with professor and artist, Gerd Wessolek from TU Berlin, co-editor of Field to Palette

 

1 - 2:30pm

WATERWASH for a Swimmable Bronx River, Porch Chat with scientist Ed Landa and artist Lillian Ball. The porch chat will focus on WATERWASH Bronx River, an award winning constructed wetland in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. The project was designed and overseen by artist Lillian Ball. Environments such as these can showcase the varied and exciting processes that occur in the soil.

3 - 4:30pm

 Join us to explore the ground-breaking NYC Reconnaissance Soil Survey with project leader Richard K Shaw (State soil scientist, USDA-NRCS NJ/NY, cofounder of USI) and artist Margaret Boozer (Director of USI Art Extension Service). Their their collaborative project, the Urban Soils Room at Governors Island, offers an opportunity to look deeply into the soils we are standing on.  We will share what we are learning about the history recorded by Laguardia soil on Governors Island. Plus, well investigate RSS soils on the new and improved Soil Web app, and learn more about this valuable tool. 

 

 

 

Workshop Presenters

Gerd Wessolek is a Professor and Chair of the Soil Protection Group at the   Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany. His research focuses on urban soil physics and urban hydrology. Initiating “SoilArt” activities, he tries to give soils and soil science a broader exposure to the wider community through paintings, presentations, books, movies, exhibitions, and calendars.

 

 

Lillian Ball: https://lillianball.com/lillianball_new/

 

Edward R. Landa holds an MS and PhD in soil science from the University of Minnesota and he joined the US Geological Survey/ Geochemistry Research Group in 1978 after a post doc at Oregon State University. Ed is presently an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. His research has focused on the fate and transport of inorganic contaminants introduced into the surficial environment by human activities. He has participated in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Chernobyl Project and as a Fulbright senior specialist in Kyrgyzstan. Ed has an active interest in the interface of environmental science with the humanities and social sciences. He has published on the history of the radium extraction industry, the description of color in science and art, and the depiction of soils in films. His screenplay Artists, dealing with the radium dial painters, won the Governor’s Screenwriting Competition at the 1991 Virginia Festival of Film. He coedited Soil and Culture (Springer, 2010) and The Soil Underfoot: Infinite Possibilities for a Finite Resource (CRC Press, 2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Richard Shaw is a NJ State Soil Scientist at the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service. His responsibilities include providing technical soils assistance to internal and external customers in NJ and NYC, serving as liaison to National Cooperative Soil Survey partners, and overseeing the management and distribution of local soils information. Dr. Shaw received his M.S. & Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Soils and Crops at Rutgers University. He is a Co-Founder of the USI.

 

Margaret Boozer is a Ceramist and Sculptor. She lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area. She received a BFA in sculpture from Auburn University and an MFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Boozer developed an interest in digging native clays that has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explores intersections of art and science. Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The US Department of State among others. Recent projects include a large scale mapping/ earth work for MGM National Harbor in Maryland using local clay dug from the site. Her gallery is Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, CO where she recently exhibited Margaret Boozer: Harbor Studies. She is currently working on a collaborative project with NYC Urban Soils Institute.

 

 

Directions

Governor's Island is only accessible by ferry. Please take a bus or train to the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal. Driving to the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal is possible, but inconvenient.

 

For up-to-date, responsive public transportation directions, we highly recommend using the smartphone app Citymapper. We are not endorsed or partnered with Citymapper, Google Maps or Waze in any way.

 

Subway Access

  1. Please take the 1 train to the South Ferry stop, 4/5 trains to the Bowling Green stop, or the R/W trains to the Whitehall Street stop.
  2. Proceed due south from either train station to the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal located at 10 South Street. Please note: there are two ferry terminals in the area, one of which is for the Staten Island Ferry. A photo of the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal can be found below.

    Image result for governors island ferry terminal
  3. Enter the ferry terminal. The fare to ride the Governor's Island ferry is $3 for adults and children 12 or older, however we are working to waive the fare for workshop attendees. The ferry schedule runs on the hour, meaning that if you miss the 10:00 am ferry, the next ferry will come at 11:00 am and so on.  
  4. Once you arrive at Soisson's Landing, continue along the path up the hill, then take the left turn and proceed along the bend until you reach Nolan Park, indicated by a quadrangle surrounded by yellow-colored houses. Proceed along the brick path until you reach the SWALE House (Building 15). Each house is themed after a particular topic of study and displays a sign on the porch. 
  5. If you are unsure of how to locate SWALE House (Building 15) on the island, ask a uniformed Governor's Island employee.

Bus Access

  1. Multiple bus lines run to the financial district of Manhattan, all within walking distance of the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal at 10 South Street. Use Citymapper or online directions to plan your bus route.
  2. Proceed due south from your bus stop to the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal located at 10 South Street. Please note: there are two ferry terminals in the area, one of which is for the Staten Island Ferry. A photo of the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal can be found below.

    Image result for governors island ferry terminal
  3. Enter the ferry terminal. The fare to ride the Governor's Island ferry is $3 for adults and children 12 or older, however we are working to waive the fare for workshop attendees. The ferry schedule runs on the hour, meaning that if you miss the 10:00 am ferry, the next ferry will come at 11:00 am and so on.  
  4. Once you arrive at Soisson's Landing, continue along the path up the hill, then take the left turn and proceed along the bend until you reach Nolan Park, indicated by a quadrangle surrounded by yellow-colored houses. Proceed along the brick path until you reach the SWALE House (Building 15). Each house is themed after a particular topic of study and displays a sign on the porch. 
  5. If you are unsure of how to locate SWALE House (Building 15) on the island, ask a uniformed Governor's Island employee.

Driving Directions

  1. While it is possible to take a vehicle to Governor's Island, it is strongly discouraged due to multiple vehicle restrictions and permitting requirements both for the ferry and for the island itself.
  2. If you would like to drive to the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal and park locally, the easiest way to access the Ferry Terminal is by taking either the FDR Drive to 10 South St, Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to Whitehall St, the Westside Parkway to Whitehall St or the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge to the FDR Drive to 10 South St. Please use Google Maps, Waze or another driving app to find the optimal route to 10 South St. 
  3. Please note: Street parking in this area of New York City is difficult to find and parking garages are often rather expensive. Furthermore, most street parking locations are capped at a 2 or 3 hour limit, meaning that you will not have time to return to your vehicle if you stay for the full duration of the event, and it will prove complicated to time the ferry schedule to the parking meter.
  4. Proceed due south from your parking location to the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal located at 10 South Street. Please note: there are two ferry terminals in the area, one of which is for the Staten Island Ferry. A photo of the Governor's Island Ferry Terminal can be found below.

    Image result for governors island ferry terminal
  5. Enter the ferry terminal. The fare to ride the Governor's Island ferry is $3 for adults and children 12 or older, however we are working to waive the fare for workshop attendees. The ferry schedule runs on the hour, meaning that if you miss the 10:00 am ferry, the next ferry will come at 11:00 am and so on.  
  6. Once you arrive at Soisson's Landing, continue along the path up the hill, then take the left turn and proceed along the bend until you reach Nolan Park, indicated by a quadrangle surrounded by yellow-colored houses. Proceed along the brick path until you reach the SWALE House (Building 15). Each house is themed after a particular topic of study and displays a sign on the porch. 
  7. If you are unsure of how to locate SWALE House (Building 15) on the island, ask a uniformed Governor's Island employee.
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NYC Urban Soils Institute is a non-profit coalition that relies on the generous contributions from sponsors to continue providing excellent and valuable events such as the Urban Soils Fest Weekend! Please review our sponsorship options below and email us at info@usi.nyc if you're interested!

 

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