Phytotechnology, the ability of plants to uptake and remove contaminates from soil, is gaining attention in the fields of sustainability and landscape architecture. From gas stations burdened with fuel spills, to brownfields contaminated with heavy industrial pollutants, cost-effective, natural cleanup methods can be an effective strategy in mitigating pollutants. This Wednesday, February 29 presentation at the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum will cover the basic fundamentals of phytotechnology, advantages and limits of plant-based cleanup, and implications for future integration in design and planning. Current case studies will also be presented by Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Kate Kennen, Principal, Kennen Landscape Architecture.
Fee: Free to Arnold Arboretum and BSLA members; $25 nonmember. Register online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu. Offered with the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.