2022 Ecotopian Toolkit Jury
Successful proposals for the 2022 Tools For Water were selected by a jury of eight interdisciplinary and community experts. Check out our Ecotopian Toolkit Jury below:
Alexis Cabrera Youth Programs Supervisor, Independence Seaport Museum
Alexis Cabrera is a Camden, New Jersey native who has lived in Philadelphia for the past 5 years. Alexis got their start in environmental science education and youth development at the Center of Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, and has since been devoted to aiding youth in advocating for our environment. Alexis has worked with the River Ambassadors for the past 3 summers, and it has been the highlight of their time at Independence Seaport Museum.
Kate Farquhar Landscape Architect
Kate Farquhar is a landscape architect, artist and thinker. For the first ten years of her career Kate Farquhar has worked to understand and manipulate the interface between urban fabric and emergent ecologies. In the next ten years of her career, she aims to serve the placekeeping traditions that precede her, and tend the relational fields within remediation and resiliency efforts. As an energetic person from a Settler background, she endeavors to settle herself first.
Terrill Haigler Ya FavTrashman
Less than three months after accepting the position as laborer for the Philadelphia Sanitation Department, Terrill Haigler became an essential worker. To bridge the gap between residents and sanitation workers he created the Instagram page @_yafavtrashman to give residents an inside look as to what sanitation workers experience during the pandemic. When Terrill noticed that his co-workers didn’t have the proper PPE to execute their jobs safely he decided to stand in the gap and start a Custom Ink t-shirt fundraiser to purchase PPE, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. Catapulting him to Philly’s latest viral sensation.
Stacy Levy Artist
Stacy Levy is an artist who works with rain, urban tides, and watersheds, using a blended language of science and art to tell the ecological story of a site. Her projects reveal the action of the natural world in the urban environment, showing the passage of rain from sky to sea; making visible vast watersheds; and drawing attention to the amplitude and timing of urban tides. Some of her projects create working treatment solutions for water pollution, stormwater runoff, and habitat creation. In making large-scale works on sites from parking lots to nature centers, Levy works closely with engineers, landscape architects, ecologists, hydrologists, and biologists to solve issues on site. She blends an understanding of sustainable design and ecological concepts, harnessing the ephemeral changes of tides, water flow, weather, and seasons with the lasting presence of sculpture. Her pieces are direct collaborations with the forces of water.
Levy has created temporary and permanent works in Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, San Antonio, Fayetteville, AR, Scotland, and Japan. Her permanent commissioned works include those for the Independence Seaport Museum, the Philadelphia International Airport, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, and Penn State University’s Arboretum. She holds a BA from Yale University in art and forestry, an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and has also studied at the Architectural Association in London. Levy began her work as an urban forester in the Mid-Atlantic region; from 1985 through 1991, she was a founding partner of Sere Ltd. Native Landscape Restoration, an urban forestry firm that worked with municipal, corporate and private clients to restore the remnant woodlands and meadows in city parks, corporate campuses, and residences and to bring the architecture of the native forest back into the landscape.
Levy has been working as an eco-revelatory artist in the public realm for 29 years. She has lectured on new ways of translating urban ecology throughout the United States and in Sweden, England, Scotland, China, and Japan. Her keynote talks include those for The Riparian Buffer Summit, the Maryland Outdoor Educators Conference, AIA Sarasota Design Conference, American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Landscape Architects. In addition to many other talks and symposia, Levy has been awarded the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award, the Penn Future Award for Women in Conservation, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Her work has been included in several books, most recently Eliza Pennypacker & Stuart Echols’ Artful Rain Water Design (2015), Sophie Barbaux’s Unique Gardens (2015), and The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency (2012), edited by Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer. She is currently the Stormwater Artist-in-Residence for the City of Lancaster Engineering Department.
Joshua Moses Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies; Visual Culture, Arts, and Media Faculty Fellow (2020-2022), Haverford College
Joshua Moses has worked on religious response to the attacks of September 11th and Hurricane Katrina, studying the formation of disaster expertise (“disaster religious and spiritual care”) in what he calls the current “New Age of Anxiety.” He has worked with Nunatsiavut Inuit communities in northern Labrador on inequality, dispossession, community wellbeing, migration and identity in the context of recent land claim settlements and large-scale resource extraction. He has also conducted research in the Northwest Territories on migration, housing and homelessness. Joshua’s focus on action research, collaborative research methods, and community-engaged research has lead him to work with a number of Philadelphia-area community and environmental organizations, including a partnership with the US Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station to develop youth-driven environmental studies curricula. His work on anthropology of mental health has focused on the production of knowledge in the context of disaster, intersections of spirituality/religion and mental health, and community response to disaster, environmental ruptures, and inequality. He is committed to combining research and teaching. He piloted a field school with students from Haverford College, University of Massachusetts and Inupiaq Alaskan youth in Northwest Alaska. Through the Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with the North Philly Peace Park, Friends of Mt. Moriah Cemetary, East Park Revitalization Alliance, and Philadelphia artist Li Sumpter, he developed the Urban Ecology Arts Exchange. Joshua also focuses on the response of educational institutions to climate change, and the ways we are (or are not) preparing students for futures that society itself struggles to imagine.
Howard Neukrug Professor of Professional Practice, Earth and Environmental Science and Director, The Water Center at Penn, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Neukrug is the former Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water, where he was responsible for all aspects of operations, financing, planning, engineering, human resources, public affairs, legal and policy decisions for an integrated drinking water / wastewater / stormwater utility serving 2.3 million people. He currently serves as Professor of Professional Practice and the Founding Director of the Water Center at Penn. He is a Principal of CASE Environmental LLC where he provides consulting services to cities and utilities in stormwater management, urban planning, systems design, sustainability, organizational development, strategic planning and trends and innovations in the global water industry. He chairs the Delaware River Basin Commission’s new Advisory Committee on Climate Change and is Senior Advisor to the Global Water Leaders Group and chair of its CEO-Network of Leading Utility Leaders of the World. Mr. Neukrug is a national expert, lecturer and inspirational leader in moving from innovation to implementation; integrated urban water systems; river management; utility operations; water regulations and policy; drinking water quality and treatment; and green infrastructure. He is the creator of Philadelphia’s $2.5 billion “Green City, Clean Waters” program which has revolutionized how American cities approach land and water management for sustainability and resiliency, as well as developing the City’s Stormwater Regulations and move to parcel-based billing. At the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Neukrug currently teaches classes on the Role of Water in Urban Sustainability and Resiliency and the US Water Industry in the 21st century.
Maya K. van Rossum Environmentalist and Delaware Riverkeeper
Maya van Rossum is the Founder of Green Amendments For the Generations, a grassroots non-profit organization inspiring a nationwide movement to secure constitutional recognition and protection of environmental rights in every state and ultimately at the federal level. van Rossum is also the Delaware Riverkeeper, leading the watershed based advocacy organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, for over 28 years in its efforts to protect the health of the Delaware River and its tributaries. Maya was a lead petitioner in the 2013 landmark Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et. al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case that breathed new life into Pennsylvania’s long ignored environmental rights amendment. A skilled activist, attorney, strategist and community organizer, she was named in 2020 as a River Hero by River Network, in 2019 as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100, and One Of The “10 Most Influential People of 2015” When It Comes to Energy Issues by SNL Energy. She is author of, The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment which was selected as the 2018 Living Now Evergreen Awards GOLD Winner in the Nature Conservation category. Since launching Green Amendments For the Generations, constitutional amendments have been proposed in 12 states, with New York formally passing a Green Amendment in 2021.
Bethany Wiggin Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, an Associate Professor of German and member of the Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and English, University of Pennsylvania
Bethany Wiggin’s scholarship explores histories of migration, language, and cultural translation since the Columbian exchange across the north Atlantic world; she is currently completing Utopia Found and Lost in Penn’s Woods. Her collaborative projects engage audiences beyond the academy and have been supported by the National Geographic, Whiting, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations; they include: An Ecotopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene, Data Refuge, Futures Beyond Refining, and My Climate Story
Zay River Ambassador, Independence Seaport Museum
Zay is a Philadelphia high school student who joined Independence Seaport Museum in 2018 for the museum’s boat building program, SAILOR. In 2019, Zay joined the River Ambassador program, a 12 week internship in which participants learn to lead community science programs for the public. Zay became interested in the program because they want to make their environment safer and cleaner, and in turn, educate their community to do the same.