Tuesday, October 13 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Neighborhood Conversations Part 1: Gowanus A - Promoting Community Engagement in Green Infrastructure

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Option A: Promoting Community Engagement in Green Infrastructure 

The Gowanus Canal, one of the most heavily polluted waterways in the United States at the center of a rapidly redeveloping neighborhood, has become a focus of resident-led education, advocacy, and improvements in recent years. On this tour, we’ll go to the banks of the Gowanus to learn from Andrea Parker, Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, which activates over 1,000 local volunteers each year in its mission to transform the Gowanus into a clean, living waterway. Leif Percifield, self-proclaimed mad citizen scientist and founder of the Don’t Flush Me project, will discuss how he uses technology to educate residents of their personal water-use impacts on the Gowanus, and his experiences crowdfunding his work and finding support within a community of makers. We’ll conclude the visit at one of the neighborhood’s most active community gardens to hear from Judy Janda, President and Co-Founder of Greenspace on Fourth, who will discuss the green infrastructure work undertaken by her group and other self-organized, resident-led groups.


(Includes about 15-20 minutes of walking total; seating will be provided at discussion sites.)

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Judy Janda

President and Co-Founder, Greenspace on Fourth
Judy Janda engaged in negotiations for almost 20 years with Community Board 6 and NYC Department of Environmental Protection to access the GreenSpace on Fourth Community Garden space on a watershaft location for Water Tunnel #3 as a native plant garden. She has been active with the... Read More →
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Andrea Parker

Executive Director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Andrea Parker has a passion for regenerating urban green infrastructure through civic engagement. As the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, she works to empower a community of environmental stewards and design advocates in the rapidly changing urban ecology of the... Read More →
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Leif Percifield

Mad Citizen Scientist and founder of the Don’t Flush Me project
Leif Percifield is the creator of DontFlush.Me, a project that provides realtime sensing and alert systems for water pollution and Visualight a wifi enabled lightbulb capable of displaying information as colored light. Before completing a MFA at Parsons, in Design and Technology... Read More →

Tuesday October 13, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Gowanus Neighborhood Conversation The Conversation will be in Gowanus, Brooklyn, but depart from Brooklyn Historical Society

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