Oct. 4 – 5; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium

Join nationally acclaimed experts for a two-day exploration of urban soils and their relation to agriculture, stormwater management and climate.

Phipps will host the inaugural Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium on Oct. 4 – 5, 2018 in partnership with Pittsburgh Urban Soils Working Group, bringing together community leaders, researchers, scientists, students, policy makers and anyone interested in Pittsburgh’s soil conditions to discuss the state of urban soils and their interconnectedness to public health, urban agriculture, stormwater management and climate.

Symposium presenters include nationally acclaimed experts who will share new research insights and implications with attendees including Murray McBride, Professor of Soil and Crop Science at Cornell University and Richard Pouyat, Past-President of the Ecological Society of America and Emeritus Scientist of the U.S. Forest Service. The event also includes interactive workshops on top community concerns and solutions surrounding soil health. 

In Pittsburgh, as in other post-industrial cities, understanding both the limitations and potential of urban soils is essential to address current and future environmental challenges. By 2050, nearly 90% of America’s population will reside in urbanized areas, making this topic and area of research essential. Soils support the urban ecosystem and civil infrastructure in complex ways which are, in turn, physically, biologically and chemically altered by human activity. The Symposium will connect people across a broad range of disciplines to fully understand and evaluate these issues, fostering a new level of awareness, understanding and engagement that will benefit our region and beyond.


Registration

Registration for TRUSS is available in single-day ($25) and two-day ($45) options, both of which include breakfast and lunch. Make your selection below:

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Schedule

Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Day 1  |  Thurs.,  Oct. 4

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Registration, Coffee

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Plenary Speaker
Murray McBride | Professor of Soil and Crop Science, Cornell University

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m

Urban Soils: Mapping, Contamination and Remediation

10:45 – 10:55 a.m.

Intro and Background

10:55 – 11:10 a.m.

Ganga M. Hettiarachchi | Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Kansas State University

11:10 – 11:25 a.m.

Allison Harris | Eco Works, Detroit, MI

11:25 – 11:40 a.m.

Olga Vargas | Natural Resources Conservation Service, NY

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Panel Discussion

12:10 – 1 p.m.

Lunch

1 – 2:15 p.m

Soils and Urban Green Infrastructure

1 – 1:10 p.m.

Intro and Background

1:10 – 1:25 p.m.

Stuart S. Schwartz | Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1:25 – 1:40 p.m.

Tim Nuttle | Civil and Environmental Consultants, Pittsburgh

1:40 – 1:55 p.m.

Monica Palta | Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University

1:55 – 2:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.

Break

2:30 – 3:45 p.m

Climate Issues and Soils

2:30 – 2:40 p.m.

Intro and Background

2:40 – 2:55 p.m.

Molly Mehling | Heinz Family Foundation, Pittsburgh

2:55 – 3:15 p.m.

Richard Pouyat | Past-President, Ecological Society of America; Emeritus Scientist, U.S. Forest Service

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

4 – 6 p.m.

Poster Session and Reception
(open to day 1 and day 2 registrants)

Day 2  |  Fri., Oct. 5

8:30 – 9 a.m.

Registration, Coffee

9 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome

9:10 – 9:40 a.m.

Plenary Speaker
Dr. Karen Hacker | Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Health Impacts of Soil Contamination

9:40  – 9:45 a.m.

Break

9:45  – 11 a.m.

Soil Testing, Interpretation and Amendments

Jonathan Burgess | Allegheny County Conservation District

Dan Dalton | Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture

11  – 11:10 a.m.

Break

11:10 – 11:45 a.m.

Soil Technical Assistance Programs

11:10 – 11:25 a.m.

Olga Vargas | Natural Resources Conservation Service, NY

11:30 – 11:40 a.m.

George Lozefski | Lab Manager, Urban Soil Institute NY

11:40 – 11:45 a.m.

Q&A

11:45 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.

City of Pittsburgh: Perspective on Soil Contamination

Shelly Danko+Day | Open Space, Urban Agriculture and Food Policy Adviser, Sustainable + Resilience Division, City of Pittsburgh

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Compost: How Do We Scale Up?

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Carla Castagnero | Co-Founder and President, Agrecycle

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Jeff Newman | CEO, Steel City Soils

1:45 – 2 p.m.

Break

2  – 2:40 p.m.

Restoring Degraded Urban Soils: A Case Study of Garfield Community Farms

Jon Creasy | Director, Garfield Community Farms

2:40 – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45  – 4 p.m.

Healing Our Soils Together

Nance Klehm | Ecological Systems Designer, Social Ecologies


Presented By

Allegheny County Conservation District
DECO Resources
eDesign Dynamics
Grow Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Assocation for Sustainable Agriculture
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
University of Pittsburgh


Sponsored in Part By

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Allegheny County Conservation District

If you are interested in sponsorship, contact Sarah at edu@phipps.conservatory.org or 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.

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