“Paths to Sustainability: Contested Spaces in American Urban Environments” at the Urban History Association, October 9-12

SUST405GowanusFromMTAAs the coordinator of Pratt’s Sustainability Studies minor, I try to use my discipline of environmental history to spur discussion of how we may learn from the past to develop better practices in the future.

At this October’s Urban History Conference in Philadelphia, Steve Corey of Columbia College, Jim Longhurst of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and I will discuss some historical paths to sustainability, specifically on solid waste management, urban cycling, and urban waterway stewardship. I look forward to the discussion, even if Professor Longhurst does not put his money where his mouth is and take a round-trip bicycle journey between LaCrosse and Philadelphia. (I certainly will not swim down there from the Gowanus Canal, so I suppose that’s fair.)

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