The ecology of segregation – segregation, by race, class, indigeneity, immigration status, and other social distinctions, is a nearly ubiquitous feature of the American landscape. Yet segregation has rarely been considered as a factor that shapes how people experience the natural and built environment, with direct impacts to the health and safety of marginalized communities.
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will host a free virtual science conversation on the ecology of segregation with Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, on Thursday, March 17th. This program will look at how ecologists, urban planners, and landscape architects can use research insights to improve urban justice now and in the future.
This event will feature urban ecologist Dr. Steward Pickett of Cary Institute, landscape architect Dr. Anne Whiston Spirn of MIT, and urban planner Dr. Marccus Hendricks of University of Maryland. Topics to be discussed include: lasting legacies of redlining, connections among segregation and exposure to environmental pollution and disasters, and the importance of using social data to guide just practices in urban planning and design.
The speakers will also spotlight projects that are working to restore nature, improve urban infrastructure, and achieve environmental justice. Among them: the West Philadelphia Landscape Project, the Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience and Justice Lab, and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study.
This program will begin at 7 pm, and will be held via Zoom. For more information or to register, click here.