Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Gardens, Inc. (RING)
Founder, President, Newsletter editor, Webmaster and Fundraiser for two
community gardens in upper Manhattan 1984 - . Worked with Councilmember,
Assemblyman and State Senator, Trust for Public Land, and Columbia Presbyterian
hospital to secure thousands of dollars in funding and in-kind support for
initial garden (Riverside Drive and Payson Ave.) and current Triangle garden (Dyckman
St. and Riverside Dr,). Secured $215,000 plus supplemental $17,000 in capital
grants from Manhattan Borough President for major renovation at RING Triangle
garden 1999-2000. Secured numerous grants for projects involving street tree
planting on Inwood’s commercial streets, outreach to the public, brochure design
and distribution and solar, pond and gardening projects. Award Winner of
Citywide "Dress Up Your Neighborhood Contests" in 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994,
1995, 1997, 1998. Webmaster of RING garden website:
World Trade Center Environmental Disaster. As
a volunteer scientific advisor, I trained citizens in Lower Manhattan about air
quality post 9/11 by giving lectures on the types and effects of emissions from
the World Trade Center collapses and fires at schools (PS.89 and Stuyvesant High
School), and testified at many city, state and federal hearings as to the
impacts of the emissions and potential health effects. I was an expert
witness for the residents of 80 John Street. Residents that I trained have
testified at hearings, been interviewed by the media, and organized meetings
with other affected residents and with government representatives. With
affected residents I co-founded 9/11
Environmental Action, which has succeeded in publicizing the impacts of the
WTC disaster on human health and has been the major proponent for a complete
remediation of the toxic dusts that remained. Since the disaster I gave
numerous press interviews, spoke at press conferences, and was taped for TV and
radio. More description.
“Understanding Major Disparities Amongst
Neighborhoods in Participation in New York City's Recycling Program” Designed
and administered a 2-year research program to survey the public (3,000 surveys)
and explore attitudes that result in good and poor participation. Authored and
presented several papers since 2004 at three conferences.
Effectiveness of Supermarket-Based Environmental Shopping Campaigns in Changing
Consumer Behavior in New York City,
Ph.D.dissertation, CUNY, 1999. Designed educational materials and
adminintered / analyzed 800 knowledge, attitude, and behavior surveys to the
pubilc. Funded by grant from USEPA Region II.
Created / Directed educational environmental videos for public TV and technical audiences
WNET/Channel 13 (PBS) Environmental Research Consultant on
video documentary, "Environment: In Your Own Back Yard". A four-part series
featuring half-hour programs on New York City area solid waste, water supply and
land use, water pollution and coastal issues, and air pollution. New York, NY
1990; aired nationally in 1991 and subsequently.
Technical Director on educational video: "Municipal Solid Waste
Management: The Integrated Approach", Air and Waste Management Association,
1994. Video won Best Film by an NGO at Environment India
international competition, 1998.
Specialized courses for professionals
Instructor / developer - advanced
public outreach for municipal recycling professionals. Four-hour
workshop for rofessional Recyclers
of Pennsylvania's Certification Program for Professional Recyclers, taught 3
times 2001- 2003.
Chief Instructor, Environmental Impact
Assessment course, designed for Shell Oil in Nigeria and Nigerian
governmental officials, 2000.
Hunter College Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental
Geology - 7 times 1996-2004, Environmental Conservation and Urban Problems,
1998, Geology 101, 1999. (320 students) Environmental Policy, 2005, Urban
Environmental Problems and Solutions, 2004.
Rutgers University, Geography Dept. 1999-2000. Full time
Instructor, Introduction to Geography (200 students), Earth Systems (300
students), Advanced Conservation & Natural Resources.
Lehman College Adjunct Asst. Professor, Urban Environmental
Problems, Environmental Health, Intro. Geography, 2001- 2004