March 13: Greening Global Cities

The Institute for Public Knowledge and the Urban Democracy Lab at the Gallatin School invite you to Greening Global Cities: Luxury Ecology and Its Discontents, a discussion with Julian Brash, Nikhil Anand, and Miriam Greenberg that will explore the localized link between environmental enhancement and social displacement.

Thursday, March 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
1 Washington Place, Ground Floor


New York’s fame as a capital of sustainable urbanism keeps growing. With this continued growth, it is important to distinguish between genuine ecological enhancements and mere green marketing. To what extent have greening efforts in New York and other cities in the North and South served first and foremost as “luxury ecologies”, which improve the local environment at the cost of social displacement? What potential is there for urban greening to be anchored to social justice projects? In the context of global city development strategies, how much can grassroots struggles for ecological services like essential water and sanitation infrastructure achieve?

Greening Global Cities seek to investigate these questions by exploring the link between ecological enhancement and social displacement across North and South, from Mumbai to New York, probing municipal policymakers’ and grassroots activists’ challenges and opportunities.

This event is the first of four in the Democratizing the Green City event series. The series is free and open to the public. Please RSVP.