Thursday, November 14th
CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform
Tales from Our Trash: Sanitation Workers, Sustainable Cities, and the Value of Knowledge

Held in honor of Frank Justich, a NYC Sanitation worker killed on the job in Astoria in 2010, the event will feature a discussion with Professor Robin Nagle (author of Picking Up, and the anthropologist-in-residence with the NYC Department of Sanitation), as well as presentations by the NYC Commissioner of Sanitation, John Dougherty, and conceptual artist, Mierle Laderman Ulekes (artist-in-residence with the NYC Department of Sanitation), and youth activists representing future generations. The event is the first in CUER’s planned series focusing on trash as a lens for considering issues of sustainability. The focus of the evening’s conversation will be on trash as an issue of inter-generational equity, and the need to recognize sanitation workers as the front line of urban sustainability.

The event will be held at the CUNY Law School at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 14.  There will be a reception following the discussion. Click here to register for the event (it is free and open to the public, but we need a headcount for refreshments).

Image from photo-narrative project "Chasing Sanitation"

Image from photo-narrative project “Chasing Sanitation”