NEIGHBORHOOD RESILIENCY GARDENS (NRGs)
WEDEW + Public Art + Urban Garden + STEM
Cultivating and sustaining NRGs provides STEAM education, jobs & community disaster preparation…
Los Angeles is at risk for a number of natural and human-made disasters, including drought, earthquakes, fires, floods and landslides. In response to this challenge, LA City’s Resiliency Plan advocates creating Neighborhood Resiliency Hubs.
Neighborhood Resiliency Gardens (“NRGs”) would catalyze these “hubs” by placing WEDEW machines in the school yards that often serve as disaster recovery locations.
WEDEW (“Wood To Energy Deployable Emergency Water”) won the 2018 XPrize Grand Prize for Water Abundance. This machine (set in a shipping container) dehydrates biomass green waste (wood chips, green waste, etc.) to produce 25kWh of clean renewable energy, 300+ gallons of water a day, biochar soil enhancement, all while absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and be carbon negative.
Resiliency IN A BOX is a WEDEW covered with resiliency themed murals that engage and educate the community. Neighborhood Resiliency Gardens are designed around these boxes and offer a community guide to develop these beautiful and vital projects.
Locating NRGs in schools provides opportunities for:
- STEAM education (“Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math”)
- a canvas for public art
- a renewable, sustainable source of potable water,
- soil enhancements and clean energy on a daily basis
- job training and economic development to maintain the machine and harvest the resources
- off-the-grid, vital resources for the entire neighborhood in a disaster!
Ask how you can help grow one soon at a school near you!
Catalyzing community resiliency with action and education!
Proposed Neighborhood Resiliency Garden locations:
Connect with the project partners:
AltaSea: Jenny Krusoe, Robin Aube (assembly site, STEM community open house)
Beautify Earth: Evan Meyer and Ruben Rojas (murals)
Community Healing Garden: Nicole Landers (urban farm, student STEM ed)
Skysource: Laura Doss Hertz and David Hertz (WEDEW, Resiliency Lab)
Unycyn Civic Arts: Cynthia Hirschhorn (flowproject.la – project management)
Thanks to our presentation team:
Video: Alex Budman and Nicole Hirschhorn
Images: Coleman Butts and Nicole Kunz
Renderings: Willem Swart, David Hertz, Studio of Environmental Architecture
Website: Cynthia Hirschhorn and Jojo Valdez
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