The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice
Presented by Melissa Checker
Upper West Side Neighborhood Naturalists
February 22, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 PM
From state-of-the-art parks to rooftop gardens, many of New York City’s unsightly industrial waterfronts have recently been transformed in green, urban oases. This presentation takes an in-depth look at the promises and pitfalls of urban sustainability and environmental justice activism in New York City.
Dr. Melissa Checker is the Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY graduate Center. She is the author of Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town and co-author of Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice.