BRIAN DAVIS WINS GRANT FROM GREAT LAKES PROTECTION FUND

MLA, 2012

$1.6M grant may turn sediment into port city pay dirt

In ports throughout the Great Lakes, landscape architects, scientists and engineers may soon spin muddy sediment into environmental gold.

Brian Davis (MLA, 2012), Cornell assistant professor of landscape architecture, and Sean Burkholder, assistant professor of landscape and urban design at the University at Buffalo, received a $1.6 million grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund for their Healthy Port Futures project proposal. Over the next three years they will complete design research that supports innovative pilot designs for managing sediment in small and medium ports starting in northeastern Ohio.

“Our project tries to build on recent work called ‘beneficial use’ of dredged material. It positions sediment and dredged material not as a waste product that must be disposed of as cheaply as possible, but instead as a resource, a building block for the community and ecology,” said Davis, a fellow at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.