Live via Zoom:
Monday, May 24, 7:30 PM ET
Melissa Checker presents The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice
In conversation with Mia Charlene White
Melissa Checker, author of Polluted Promises and co-editor of Sustainability in the Global City, presents her vital new book, The Sustainability Myth. From state-of-the-art parks to rooftop gardens, efforts to transform New York City’s unsightly industrial waterfronts into green, urban oases have received much public attention. The Sustainability Myth uncovers the hidden costs—and contradictions—of the city’s ambitious sustainability agenda in light of its equally ambitious redevelopment imperatives. Checker takes an in-depth look at the dynamics of environmental gentrification, documenting the symbiosis between eco-friendly initiatives and high-end redevelopment and its impact on out-of-the-way, non-gentrifying neighborhoods. At the same time, she highlights the valiant efforts of local environmental justice activists who work across racial, economic, and political divides to challenge sustainability’s false promises and create truly viable communities. The Sustainability Myth is a cautionary, eye-opening tale, taking a hard—but ultimately hopeful—look at environmental justice activism and the politics of sustainability. Checker is joined in conversation by Mia Charlene White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.