Student Project | Establishing a Carbon Bank – From Futile to Fertile | Hoi Ying Grace Lam

This design research examines the physical landscape transformation the Green New Deal introduced in 2019 implies on implementing the “jobs, justice, and decarbonization agenda” in USA. This research investigates and visualizes the possibility of establishing a “Carbon Bank” in the New York State context, which builds collective ownership investing in land-based solution that sequesters carbon. The research suggests a new program structure and governance in engaging different actors to address pressing issues faced by NY, including 1) increasing flooding risk and displacement under climate change, 2) shifting of hardiness zones that brings stress on farmland and forest, 3) land with deteriorating conditions that could provide future job opportunities.

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