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Taking It To The Streets

2 December

Theatrum Mundi, the Institute for Public Knowledge, and City as Living Laboratory invite you to a panel discussion surrounding the 2014 WALKS series, which support CaLL's larger mission of making sustainability tangible through the arts.
CaLL/WALKS are a series of walking dialogues between artists and scientists, begun by CaLL in 2011. This fall the WALKS focused on Harlem, the Garment District, and Chinatown

Three student teams at New York University, led by Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi, will present documentaries that they've shot and edited over the course of the semester in Harlem, Chinatown, and the Garment District. All of the documentaries focus on environmental issues in the respective neighborhoods.

Following the documentary presentations, a panel or artists/scientists who led CaLL WALKS in these neighborhoods will present on their work.

Sponsors: MM / CaLL, Theatrum Mundi, & The Institute for Public Knowledge

Presenters: Mary Miss, artist, founder - City as Living Laboratory; Gianpaolo Baiocchi Associate Professor - Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU; P. Timon McPhearson, Urban Ecologist; Tattfoo Tan, Artist; & Adeola Enigbokan, Artist, Environmental Psychologist

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 6 - 8 PM

Location: 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor [Map]

RSVP: City As Living Lab

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The Origins of Environmental Law

3 December

Register for any or all of the eight-part class on the Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution, taught by Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, the two senior majority and minority staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which developed the major environmental legislation of the 1970s including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Over the course of a single decade, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy in the US and globally. Learn about the process that led to these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.

Sponsors; The Earth Institute & Columbia University

Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:50pm

Register here for each individual lecture:
October 8: The Solid Waste Disposal Act and RCRA
October 15: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act
October 22: The Clean Water Act: Conference with the House Public Works Committee
October 29: The Nixon Veto and the Override
November 5: Mid-Course Correction: The Clean Air Act and Auto Standards
November 12: Mid-Course Correction: The National Commission on Water Quality
November 19: The Final Act: Superfund and the End of an Era
December 3: Congress Today: The Role of Campaign Finance and Fundraising

Location: Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, the International Affairs Building, West 120 Street, Room 407. The class is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Guests each week will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

For more information, contact Hayley Martinez at

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How To Expand Organic Waste Recycling In New York City

10 December

The third Green Infrastructure Policy Forum is coming up! Dig Deep for a Greener New York, a policy forum series offers a timely discussion on organic waste and composting for NYC. PlaNYC2030 set out an ambitious goal to divert 75 percent of our solid waste from landfills. As food currently makes up 35 percent of all waste generated in New York City, composting is an attractive strategy to save taxpayer dollars and improve environmental performance. Various composting pilot projects are underway in residential and school settings. But to truly reach an economy of scale and address inherent challenges involving organic waste, infrastructure must be developed. This forum will address these issues and discuss potential next steps.

Sponsors: New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and NYU Wagner Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 8 am - noon

Location: NYU Wagner School, 295 Lafayette Street [Map]

Panel 1: The role of organics and food waste collection in achieving the City\0x2019s solid waste management goals. Exploration of the potential and the challenges of scaling up organics and food waste collection.

Panelists: Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Chair - Committee on Sanitation; Norman Steisel, President & CEO - Enessco Strategies; Tammy Gamerman, Senior Research Associate - Citizens Budget Commission; Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability - NYC Department of Sanitation; and Eric Goldstein, Senior Attorney, Urban Program - Natural Resources Defense Council
Panel 2: Specific strategies to scale up organics and food waste collection in New York City (residential / commercial), what works, what doesn\0x2019t, can the City divert food waste completely from the waste stream?

Panelists: Paul Sellew - Harvest Power; Helena Rose Durst, V.P. - Durst Organization; Christine Datz Romero, Executive Director - Lower East Side Ecology Center; Anthony Fiore, Director, Office of Energy - NYC Department of Environmental Protection; and Kendall Christiansen - Gaia Strategies


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Redirecting The Sky: Fulton Transit Center Oculus

11 December

Join Green Light New York and James Carpenter to explore one of the largest and most elaborate art and daylight installations in the U.S.: The Fulton Transit Center's Sky Reflector-Net. Located in lower Manhattan, the Fulton Transit Center will feature an oculus that draws natural light deep into the interior of a multi-line subway station to illuminate its interior shops, restaurants, passageways, and even subway platforms.

Sponsor: Green Light New York

James Carpenter, the lead designer of the Sky Reflector-Net will present the design and construction of this oculus and the impact of daylighting in this public space. Then, he will discuss the challenges and vision of this project with Vincent Chang, from Grimshaw Architects, and Matt Franks, from ARUP.

Date: Thursday, December 11, 9:00 - 10:30 AM |

Location: Green Light New York, 31 Chambers Street (Surrogates' Courthouse)

RSVP: Eventbrite, 1.5 AIA CEU

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