The Challenge and Promise of Restoring Urban Landscapes

  • February 6 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); LA CES (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (1.5 credits)

Free and open to all.

Degradation of our urban areas by human activity is driving the need to rebuild native habitats. But potential restoration sites are often small and heavily altered, and questions about the feasibility of renewal abound. Can these landscapes be designed and managed to support functioning ecosystems? Which target sites are practical, especially in this time of rapid climate change? Ecologist Steven Handel has researched these issues for much of his career. His work— including projects at Freshkills Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and other coastal sites— illustrates the surprising transformations that are possible. Come learn about urban ecological restoration in a world that desperately needs it.

Dr. Steven Handel is currently a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and editor of the journal, Ecological Restoration.