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Wed., Jan. 13 | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Third Annual Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium

Join regional and national experts, professionals and community practitioners for an exploration of urban soils and their relation to urban agriculture, stormwater management, and community health.

Join us virtually on Wed., Jan. 13 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., for the Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium (TRUSS) with members of the Pittsburgh Urban Soils Working Group. This year a shorter, online program will allow us to gather and virtually share knowledge around soils and their role in our community. The day will feature expert presentations, project highlights, and an interactive group discussion. Come to learn and discuss the ongoing relationship between soils and the urban environment.

Registration

Registration for TRUSS is free this year but you must reserve your spot to attend the symposium. Note: Registrants will be asked for their address in order to receive a complimentary, post-event mailing including, Dirt Tales, a zine about soil health and contaminants in Pittsburgh from artist Mary Tremonte.

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Speakers

Barton Kirk 
Living Soils for Living Waters: Realizing Urban Green Infrastructure in Pittsburgh

Barton is an ecological engineer whose core expertise lies at the nexus of energy, water, climate, and community. Through applied ecological economics and life-cycle systems analysis, Barton's work with green infrastructure (GI) offers holistic insight into the long-term economic and environmental costs and benefits of site-level infrastructure, institutional operations, and regional community patterns.  Barton is an 18-year veteran green infrastructure design and practice leader whose passion for this work is predicated on the idea that green infrastructure is living infrastructure, and that the resilience and sustainability of engineered systems often depends upon our ability to create conditions conducive to life. Barton currently co-leads Ethos Collaborative, a Pittsburgh-based civil/ecological design strategies firm.

 

Field Trips and School Outreach

Megan Midgley
Organic Amendment Effects on Roadside Trees are Tree Species-Dependent

Meghan studies plant-soil interactions in a changing world. As the Soil Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum, she works to translate fundamental understanding of trees and soils into effective techniques for restoring and managing natural and urban ecosystems. She is currently using ecologically-based approaches to optimize urban soils for tree growth, health, and diversity.

 

Field Trips and School Outreach

Ned Brockmeyer
Hilltop Urban Farm Soils: From Farming to Housing and Back Again

Ned is the Director of Farm Programs at Hilltop Urban Farm (HUF) and helped open HUF to the public in 2019. A native Pittsburgher, Ned previously worked as a Farm Manager at Indy Urban Acres, another non-profit urban farm in Indianapolis, IN, and is also an ISA Certified Arborist. Ned has a Masters in Landscape Architecture, and his thesis focused on the best management practices of integrating agriculture into public, urban greenspaces. Ned helps to manage all of the programs at HUF, which currently include a youth farm, community farm, and farmer incubator program.

 

Field Trips and School Outreach

Mary Tremonte
Hands-on Creative Approaches to Working with Soil Health and Community Health 

Mary is an artist, educator, and DJ. From late 2019-2020, she worked with Grow Pittsburgh on a public art project organized by Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art, through their Environment, Health, and Public Art initiative: Dirt Is Beautiful which includes two components: SHED, a portable soil health education cart that community gardeners can borrow from Grow Pittsburgh, stocked with creative educational activities about soil health, and Dirt Tales, a zine about soil health and contaminants in Pittsburgh, which will be mailed to TRUSS participants after the conference.


Schedule

3 – 3:10 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

3:10 – 3:25 p.m.

Hands-on Creative Approaches to Working with Soil Health and Community Health
Mary Tremonte | artist, educator and DJ

3:25 – 3:35 p.m.

Community Resource Gathering Activity

3:35 – 3:55 p.m.

Organic Amendment Effects on Roadside Trees are Tree Species-Dependent
Megan Midgley | Soil Ecologist at The Morton Arboretum

3:55 – 4:15 p.m.

Hilltop Urban Farm Soils: From Farming to Housing and Back Again
Ned Brockmeyer | Director of Farm Programs at Hilltop Urban Farm (HUF)

4:15 – 4:35 p.m.

Living Soils for Living Waters: Realizing Urban Green Infrastructure in Pittsburgh
Barton Kirk | Ecological Engineer and Co-Leader of Ethos Collaborative

4:35 – 4:50 p.m.

Panel Q&A

4:50 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Closing Remarks


Sponsors


  

 

  


TRUSS is presented by the Urban Soil Working Group, an open collaboration of organizations working to improve urban soils in the Pittsburgh region. The event planning committee has representation from the following organizations:

        
 

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