Tuesday, May 20, 2008

LW! Urban Forests Project on WNYC: Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Tune in to The Brian Lehrer Show
Wednesday, May 21 at 10:30am
WNYC - 93.9 FM or 820 AM

LW’s Evan Mason and Bill Solecki from CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities will sit down withBrian Lehrer to talk about our environmental project “Urban Forests in Our Midst.”

Did you know that there are 108 acres of open spaces hidden behind rowhouses on the Upper West Side alone? That is 13% the size of Central Park! These backyard open spaces convey a range of environmental benefits to the entire City—and yet these benefits are overlooked by the architects of public policy for NYC, environmentalists, building owners and tenants alike. This project will have significant implications for the entire City given the many neighborhoods in all five boroughs characterized by significant numbers of rowhouses with adjoining backyards.

To learn more about the project, check out this recently published Gotham Gazette article at http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/sustainabilitywatch/20080428/210/2511

"Urban Forests" Team:
This research study is a creative community-university partnership that brings together Landmark West!, a non-profit community-based organization committed to preserving the architectural heritage of Manhattan’s Upper West Side with The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in order to develop evidence-based policies and best practices with regard to environmentally sound management of privately owned open spaces.

To donate to this project, please go to www.landmarkwest.org and click on “green initiatives” link, or call 212 496-8100 for more information. Help us meet our goal of $200,00 for this project!

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