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Paying for the Gowanus Canal Clean-up
Start Date: 5/8/2014Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 5/8/2014End Time: 9:00 PM
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About the Program

The Gowanus Canal, a nearly two mile body of water in Brooklyn, is one of the most polluted sites in New York City.  In 2010 the Canal was placed on the EPA’s Superfund Priorities List. With this designation, the EPA can compel parties responsible for the pollution to pay for the Canal’s cleanup.  Holding the appropriate parties responsible, however, is not a simple matter.

The Canal has been the entryway for contaminants almost continuously since the nineteenth century.  Determining which entities – factories, shippers, New York City itself – caused harm and determining their proportion of liability is almost impossible decades after the event.  Indeed, many of the original polluters are companies that no longer exist. Nonetheless, the EPA is in the process of identifying “potentially responsible parties” and is prepared to bring legal action to force them to pay their share of the cleanup.

The EPA’s actions raise a number of compelling legal, ethical and policy issues regarding our approach to the restoration of polluted public areas.  On May 8th Baruch College’s Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, in partnership with the Sustainability Practice Network, will convene a panel to address the question of who should pay for the Gowanus Canal cleanup.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC -- registration is suggested , but walk-ins are welcome.


Marcia Bystryn - President, New York League of Conservation Voters

Brian E. Carr - Assistant Regional Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Walter Hang - President, Toxics Targeting

Lawrence Schnapf - Principal, Schnapf LLC


6:00 pm - Registration
6:15 pm - Panel
7:30 pm - Q&A
8:00 pm - Networking

In Partnership with

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute provides applied research, professional and continuing education, and conferences to the real estate industry, as well as organizations focused on public policy. Since its founding in 1996, the Institute has pursued and provided timely insight on critical urban issues beyond those traditionally associated with core real estate topics. For more information please visit:

The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New-York-based forum for professionals working with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are over one thousand members on our list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO's. For more information please visit:


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. or E-mail us at

Location Information:
Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus  (View Map)
55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Room 14-220
Contact Information:
Name: Matthew LePere
Phone: 646-312-3231
  • Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity
  • Zicklin School of Business

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