Byproducts of Sustainable Urbanism Discussed

Nov. 19 lecture is second in Sustainability Studies Speaker Series

aerial view of Hunters Point

Lindsey Dillon will discuss issues related to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard redevelopment project in southeast San Francisco, which is widely recognized as a model of sustainable urbanism.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Lindsey Dillon, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis whose research focuses on environmental justice, will present the second lecture in the Sustainability Studies Speaker Series at UC Riverside on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Dillon will discuss “Green Debris: The Byproducts of Sustainable Urbanism” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Genomics 1102A. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Lindsey Dillon

Lindsey Dillon

The lecture will focus on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard redevelopment project in southeast San
Francisco, which Dillon said is widely recognized as a model of sustainable urbanism. The Navy is cleaning up the polluted military base, and a development company is replacing the shipyard with a 700-acre urban landscape of condominiums, offices, and parks, including green design features such as solar panels, energy-efficient street lamps, and restored coastal habitats.

“At the same time, the cleanup and new construction work of this sustainable development project have their own toxic side effects,” Dillon said. “They are releasing dusts and other airborne contaminants into the low-income community currently living near the shipyard. For many residents in Hunters Point today, sustainable urbanism is more of a dystopia than an ecotopia.”

Dillon received her Ph.D. in geography from UC Berkeley in 2014. In addition to environmental justice, her research addresses urban ecologies, histories of race and racism in U.S. cities, and chemical biomonitoring technologies. She is writing a book on environmental inequalities and race in San Francisco. Dillon serves on the board of the California Studies Association and teaches at San Quentin Prison. In 2016 she will join the UC Santa Cruz faculty as assistant professor of sociology.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Ideas and Society. The department has launched a new bachelor of science degree in Sustainability Studies that brings science and social justice together in examining environmental issues related to climate change, air and water pollution, toxic contamination, energy demands, economic growth, agricultural production, and environmental degradation.

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