SLOW Cleanup is a whole systems approach to site pollution cleanup designed to increase the net benefits from plant-based "phytoremediation" processes. Piloting the use of ornamental, flowering, and fruiting plants, along with the typical plants most associated with phytoremediation, this enhanced cleanup program aims to increase the plant palette for this technology. As "earthwork + remediation" the plantings will contribute to the aesthetics and passive economic revitalization of the site areas, while simultaneously adding environmental value. These phyto-scapes will be interpreted for the public, increasing awareness of the interconnectivity of natural and cultural systems in the urban ecology.
Project in implementation 2011-2012
Collaborators and Partners:
Chicago Department of Environment, through The Embedded Artist Project, David S. Graham, Brownfields Specialist CDoE, and Dr. A.P. Schwab, Purdue University, Chicago State University, Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition, CDoE GreenCorp