Carbon Sponge began with two questions:
What is the potential of urban soils to help reverse anthropogenic climate change through a process called carbon sequestration?
And, can anybody (i.e. non-scientists) track the increase or decrease of carbon in soil over time?
About Carbon Sponge
Carbon Sponge is an interdisciplinary collaboration exploring the potential for urban soils to sequester carbon as a means to mitigate anthropogenic greenhouse gases and build healthy soil. We are a group of artists, scientists, agroecologists, community gardeners and educators based in New York City dedicated to participatory science and transparency in research as well as using art to engage broad audiences. The project relies on various forms of knowledge, including scientific and older Indigenous practices. Current Carbon Sponge pilots stand on land that is part of unceded, ancestral homeland of the Lenape (Delaware).
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This is a project initiated in 2018 by Brooke Singer as Designer in Residence at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and in partnership with the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY (ASRC), Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College, Pioneer Works, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) and La Casita Verde (a GreenThumb garden). Funders include NYSCI, Patagonia, Brooklyn Arts Council, The Awesome Foundation, Globetrotter Foundation and CUNY’s ASRC.
Special thanks to: Elizabeth Slagus (NYSCI), Erin Thelen (NYSCI), Dr. Peter Groffman (ASRC and Brooklyn College), Dr. Joshua Cheng (Brooklyn College), Judith Fitzpatrick (Microbiometer), James Sotillo, Jon Pope, The City of New York Department of Sanitation, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Queens Botanical Garden and Eyebeam Art & Technology.