3rd Annual Urban Soils Symposium

NYC Urban Soils Institute

Date: Dec 07th

Recover, Recycle, Renew, Re-evaluate, Responsible, Re-learn, Respect, Value
From problems and ideas to realization and implementation
Brought to you by: NYC Urban Soils Institute, RUDN University, NY Institute of Technology


Soils are the common denominator uniting all disciplines, backgrounds, and sectors. We all need soils.

Our cities are built on soils. They are the axis of our urban universe.
They scrub our air, filter our water, manage flood, buffer our coasts, support vegetation, food, animals, infrastructure, and...us.

But what happens when we degrade them and the systems they support, devastate them, destroy them, contaminate them..how do they function then? How do urban soils behave? What processes are going on in urban soils? Urban soils, like people, are diverse and complex.
We need to learn from them and know them better to understand how to manage them, reverse the damage we’ve caused, and work with them for a better future.

So let’s get together, because it takes all of us, to collaborate, to understand what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to do as we strive for a better city and world for our future, and the future of generations to come.

The symposium is the platform for the sciences and other disciplines to communicate and collaborate. It is an integrated and interactive "workshop"- stitching people and their efforts and various programs together to nurture and enable a more holistic approach to solve our human and environmental problems, starting with soils!
This is our goal for our symposiums; to really offer the platform for conversation and sharing between everyone-especially between disciplines where needed information and resources are not being transferred. Artists, researchers, advocates, government, economists, member of the community-the list is endless..all disciplines and backgrounds, all in the same room, discussing, learning from one another, and starting from ideas and problems to realization and implementations.
The speakers will spark the conversation and each participant will be involved in the roundtable discussion. Please come and be part of the conversation!

Who should attend: Community groups, gardeners, farmers, artists, activists, academia, practitioners, industry, government folk/agencies,....everyone interested in urban soils.

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