Carbon Sponge

Carbon Sponge is an interdisciplinary effort to explore our capacity to sequester carbon in soil, particularly in urban and exurban areas. Soil is an important retainer of carbon, second only to our oceans. Our aim is to better understand the conditions that slow the release of carbon, turn our soils into a better sink and reduce CO2 in the atmosphere to mitigate anthropogenic climate change.

Currently I am designing pilot Carbon Sponge plots with soil scientists, permaculturists, farmers and technologists. Carbon Sponge plots will be publicly accessible in Spring/Summer2018. Carbon Sponge plots are planned for the New York Hall of Science (Queens), Ravenswood (Queens) and La Casita Verde (Brooklyn).

I initiated this project while Designer in Residence at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and in partnership with the Brooklyn College Urban Soils Institute, the CUNY Advanced Scientific Research Center (ASRC), the Jacob Riis Settlement House at NYCHA Ravenswood, the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) and La Casita Verde (a GreenThumb garden). Funders include NYSCI, Patagonia and ASRC.

Read New York Times article “The City’s Buried Treasure is not Under the Dirt. It is the Dirt” with mention of Carbon Sponge from July 25, 2018.