Next Freshkills Park Talk: Tuesday, January 26th
The Freshkills Park Talks lecture series continues on Tuesday with John McLaughlin, Director of Ecological Services for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). John designed and oversees the ecological reclamation of the Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue landfills, sited along Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn. Together, the two landfills, which operated from the late 1950s and early 1960s through the early 1980s, comprise 400 acres and contain millions of tons of waste–primarily residential waste and construction and demolition debris. As with other landfills in the City and elsewhere, there grew concern about the impact of the landfill on adjoining populations and ecosystems. After a commitment from the City to address these concerns, ecological rehabilitation began in 2004, under John’s managment. The sites will ultimately be opened to public access as natural areas.
The rehabilitation work has been a massive and fascinating undertaking–it was featured in The New York Times in September. John will discuss the history of the two landfill sites, the development of their reclamation plans and the lessons learned from the project. The talk will be co-hosted by the Metropolitan Exchange, an architecture, urban planning and research cooperative in downtown Brooklyn.
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m. @ the Metropolitan Exchange
33 Flatbush Avenue, 6th floor, Brooklyn
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