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Third Annual Urban Soils Symposium

Friday, December 7, 2018

8:45 a.m.6:00 p.m.

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Soils are the common denominator uniting all disciplines, backgrounds, and sectors. We all need soils.

Our cities are built on soils. They are the axis of our urban universe. They scrub our air, filter our water, manage flood, buffer our coasts, support vegetation, food, animals, infrastructure,

But what happens when we degrade them and the systems they support, devastate them, destroy them, contaminate do they function then? How do urban soils behave? What processes are going on in urban soils? Urban soils, like people, are diverse and complex. We need to learn from them and know them better to understand how to manage them, reverse the damage we’ve caused, and work with them for a better future.?

So let’s get together, because it takes all of us, to collaborate, to understand what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to do as we strive for a better city and world for our future, and the future of generations to come.

Urban Soils Symposium
The symposium is the platform for the sciences and other disciplines to communicate and collaborate. It is an integrated and interactive "workshop"- stitching people and their efforts and various programs together to nurture and enable a more holistic approach to solve our human and environmental problems, starting with soils! The speakers will spark the conversation and each participant will be involved in the roundtable discussion. Please come and be part of the conversation!

Who should attend: Community groups, gardeners, farmers, artists, activists, academia, practitioners, industry, government folk/agencies,....everyone interested in urban soils.

Special Features of the Symposium:
Celebrating the launch of Urban Soil Institute’s Art Extension Service! Margaret Boozer and the Red Dirt Studio. Meet the people and what the AES is up to!

World Soil Mosaic
Bring your soils and their story! Be part of the Mosaic of City Soils through your soils! We are hoping to get a variety of soils and their stories. Please mail them or bring them to the symposium.

Instructions: To be able to include your soil in the Mosaic, you must send at least 2 tablespoons of soil in a clear sandwich bag in advance (by December 1) to:      
USI, 582 Route 524, Allentown, NJ 08501 with your address or city block number and zip code
bring it with you in a CLEAR sandwich bag.

Pay at the door or via PO/invoice, if needed. Select pay at the door when you register. Everyone must be registered regardless of payment type. For any questions on this event, please contact


NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway New York, NY 10023
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Cost Varies: One and Two Day passes available. See registration page (link below) for cost details.

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New York City Urban Soils Institute

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