NATURE Lab

No PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research


 23 OCTOBER 2018

Projects that recruit the public are getting more ambitious and diverse, but the field faces some growing pains.

Aisling Irwin

 

 

Japanese priest Sadamaru Okano stands beneath a Geiger counter (top left) that sends radiation readings to the Safecast …

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Most people know us as The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY; the official non-profit 501(c)3 is incorporated as Media Alliance. Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

A Weed Library Grows in Brooklyn


Don’t sneer at these enemy plants: Weeds may help feed, heal, and outfit us in the future.

Arvind Dilawar 09.21.18 5:18 AM ET

 

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

 

On a humid Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons guide a tour group through plant species …

Coopted environmental justice? Activists’ roles in shaping EJ policy implementation


Environmental Sociology

ISSN: (Print) 2325-1042 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rens20

Jill Lindsey Harrison
To cite this article: Jill Lindsey Harrison (2015) Coopted environmental justice? Activists’
roles in shaping EJ policy implementation, Environmental Sociology, 1:4, 241-255, DOI:
10.1080/23251042.2015.1084682

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2015.1084682

Published online: …

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Media Alliance Center in Troy receives grant funding


 

 

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TROY, N.Y.— The Media Alliance Center in North Central Troy recently found out they received a $250,000 grant to create the NATURE …

Spotlight: Delgres at Sanctuary for Independent Media


Published 4:07 pm EDT, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
 

 

Delgres

Their record label describes Delgres as “the missing link of the blues,” and an interesting link they are. The trio is fronted by singer/guitarist Pascal Danae, who before starting Delgres had already made a musical career that included working with the likes of Peter …

$2 Million Awarded to Environmental Education Centers in Urban Communities


Groups in New York City, Yonkers, Albany and Troy Selected to Receive Environmental Justice Funds

Environmental Justice grants totaling $2 million have been awarded to four organizations for Urban Environmental Education Centers in New York City, Yonkers, Albany, and Troy, NY. The grants are from the State’s Environmental Protection fund and will support …

Uptown Summer Week Five: Agency


The 2018 Uptown Summer program has now drawn to a close. The theme for our fifth week was agency. This week was the final push to perfect our radio projects before they are broadcast on WOOC FM. 

Between all the audio editing, we still found time to go outside …

NATURE Lab: Community-Led Design in North Troy


This summer, The Sanctuary for Independent Media began the design process for the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. With the help of the Troy Architecture Project and input from the community, we’ll be transforming a long-abandoned building in North Troy into a grassroots science resource for the neighborhood.

NATURE Lab to help transform Troy neighborhood


Program aimed at raising awareness to renovate, move into larger space
By Kenneth C. Crowe II

Will Waldron / Times UnionThe Sanctuary for Independent Media plans to develop 3319 Sixth Ave. in Troy into a community lab.

Troy

The NATURE Lab is …

Media Alliance solicits input for science center in North Central Troy



 

Dozens of people met this Tuesday at the Sanctuary for Independent Media to offer ideas for a new environmental education center planned for a long-vacant building in Troy’s North Central neighborhood.

Media Alliance, the nonprofit that owns and operates …

Deep Time Seed Futures, NESL & Uptown Summer


In partnership with NATURE Lab at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, NESL ran a seed time capsule workshop for the Sanctuary’s Uptown Summer 2018 Youth Program. The workshop was a new iteration of two earlier burial projects, Time Capsule for Pacific Street Futures and Here …

Uptown Summer Youth Talk Design for the New NATURE Lab


 

Last week the Uptown Summer youth employees began the process of designing the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. The new NATURE Lab Center will occupy a long-abandoned house in the North Central Troy neighborhood, just down the block from The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Friday was …

NATURE Lab Open Hours: Lawn Lab!


 

The Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab is hosting a project by PhD student and NATURE Lab volunteer Ellie Irons called Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory. One study site for the project is at Freedom Square, where Irons and workshop participants removed a square of lawn to see what plants would sprout in its place. The …

Ruderal Ecologies Symposium: Presenter Bios


Ruderal Ecologies Symposium Presenters:

Julia Cavicchi, Anne Pfeifenberger & Olivia Golden Environmental Studies, Skidmore College ’18

Julia, Olivia, and Anne are Environmental Studies seniors at Skidmore College who have been delving into the capital region’s sewer systems for their capstone research on Combined Sewer …

Botanical pigments process

NATURE Lab Open Hours


4-6 pm every Tuesday, October 24 – June 5
NATURE Lab Gallery, 3334 6th Ave.

This fall, stop by the NATURE (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology) Lab Gallery on Tuesday afternoons for art viewing, conversation, and an assortment of science, art and urban ecology activities. Whether you just want to …

Land bank builds toward better Troy


Fighting blight is an unheralded struggle for the Troy Community Land Bank, a constant effort to keep buildings from deteriorating, knocking down structures when they can’t be salvaged and enticing investors into North Central, the city’s poorest neighborhood.

In its third year of existence, the land bank is developing a system geared toward improving the entire neighborhood rather than just individual properties.

NATURE Lab WORKSHOPS, Spring '15


NATURE Lab SPRING ’15 Workshops!

 

Bioremediation in the L-lot


On November 12th, Kathy High and Intern Sierra Sukay went to the Sanctuary to meet with Oliver Kellhammer and assist him in collecting soil samples from the L-lot. Oliver, in conjunction with the Sanctuary, started bioremediations efforts in the L-lot this summer. In the back portion of the L-lot where the soil suffers from high lead concentration, was separated into three sections. One section has been covered with mulch and a fungi called mycelium, which has been used to reduce the amount of lead and other pollutants in the soil in sites around the world. Buckwheat was planted in the second section. Buckwheat is a very efficient tool for bioremediation because it grows quickly while “sucking” up the lead in the soil and storing it in the plants tissue. The third section is a control; it contains a collection of weeds “native” to Troy.


Upcoming Events
Nov. 20
Using Fish Poo to Feed a Family
Nov. 27
Plastic Sucks
Nov. 28
NATURE Lab workshop– Who Do You Think You Are?: DNA ancestry and biosurveillance with bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg

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