Two Questions

Carbon Sponge began with two questions:

What is the real potential of 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 platform committed to furthering the understanding of carbon sequestration in soil as a means to mitigate anthropogenic climate change and improve soil health. Carbon Sponge is building experimental plots for study as well as developing reliable protocols for anyone to track the increase or decrease of carbon in soils. We are enabling mass participation in carbon farming both in urban and rural areas, and all places in between.  

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 much older Indigenous practices. Currently Carbon Sponge is a New York State-based project with pilots on land that is part of unceded, ancestral homeland of the Lenape, Mohican and Haudenosaunee. 


Watch the Video

This video documents the origins of the project and our NYC pilots and partners.



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, CUNY’s ASRC and White Feather Farm.

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.