Ecolibrium: Environmental Justice and Literacy through Community Science

Ecolibrium is a multi-disciplinary project by Loisaida, Inc. that will study, survey, and analyze airborne toxins and environmental conditions in the Lower East Side with the goal of improving public health and quality of life. This project will culminate in a comprehensive hazard map of the Lower East Side and a multimedia campaign that utilizes social media to enhance public awareness of environmental health hazards affecting us.

For the 2022 cycle of Ecolibrium we’ll be implementing a 1-year community science project that will enhance public knowledge on local indoor and outdoor air quality and its connections to individual and community health, while increasing environmental and ecological literacy in our neighborhood of the Lower East Side.

Environmental Literacy is the ability of an individual to comprehend issues of environmental science and to understand their own relationship to natural systems.

The Ecolibrium project is supported by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

As part of this multi-disciplinary, inter-generational team, you will embark on a series of discovery exercises and public engagements specific to the Loisaida Neighborhood to learn about environmental toxins and their sources, climate change and the urban environment, and nature-based solutions.

Join our team as a Community Science Associate. Applications are open to residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Our group will gain an understanding of the urban environment through electronic sensing technologies and remote sensors used to monitor indoor and outdoor air quality and environmental conditions and microclimates. We will gather and analyze data, and document their findings and experiences through narrative storytelling. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creative science communications using digital media and public engagement.

Loisaida’s ECOLIBRIUM program and initiative is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’ Community Project Award.