Presented by Scott Kellogg.
Healthy urban ecosystems will become increasingly important as society transitions into sustainability. Challenged with the converging trends of a faltering economy, energy depletion, and climate change, it will become critical for us to redesign cities using strategies that promote environmental and economic resilience so that they can meet their resident’s needs.
Utilizing strategies of permaculture, a design philosophy that promotes ecological regeneration while simultaneously meeting human needs, this transformation may be possible. We can build locally based economic systems that are based on ecologically regenerative micro-industries that simultaneously provide communities with employment and nourishing food, and detoxify our city soils. In this presentation, sustainability educator Scott Kellogg will present a “toolkit” of technologies and systems that can be used to attain these goals, and will examine ones already in place.
The systems taught include:
Food waste composting initiatives
Edible mushroom cultivation
Urban livestock – chickens, ducks, and rabbits
Microgreen and vegetable cultivation
Bioremediation of toxic soils
Renewable and autonomous energy solutions – biogas, vegetable oil.
“Invisible structures” such as laws, codes, and social dynamics that factor into urban ecologies will also be examined.
Optional hands-on projects in any of the areas listed above can be arranged. Materials will need to be ordered beforehand, so please indicate ahead of time if you are interested.
Scott Kellogg is the Educational Director at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, a non-profit environmental education organization in Albany, NY that teaches youth and adults about sustainable city living, urban agriculture, and ecological literacy (www.radixcenter.org). From 2000-2009, Scott was the educational director of the Rhizome Collective, an urban and social sustainability project in Austin, TX., and is the author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press, 2008). He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently earning a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from RPI. He is presently serving as an appointed member of Albany’s Common Council Sustainability Advisory Committee and chairs its urban agriculture committee.