Carbon Sponge considers our capacity to sequester carbon in our soil. Soil is an important retainer of carbon, second only to our oceans. Through promoting soil health and creating pathways for participation, can we slow down the release of carbon from the soil and turn it into a better sink to reduce CO2? Currently I am designing pilot Carbon Sponge plots with soil scientists, permaculturists, farmers and technologists to test how various conditions affect the amount of carbon stored or released. 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.