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Hot Ecology

The pending closure of dozens of 1960’s-era nuclear plants around the United States opens a new chapter of decommissioning and remediation activities that will transition these nuclear sites to new uses. Hot Ecology describes the ecological and political environment of these post-nuclear landscapes. 

Hot Ecology: Hudson Valley focuses with curiosity on Indian Point, a Hudson River nuclear facility located 40 miles north of New York City, by examining ecological impacts of decommissioning and remediation on surrounding communities. 

Wendy Andringa is an Associate at SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Since 2005, she has been working in New York City on the creation of urban green infrastructure parks, public plazas, innovative playgrounds, higher education facilities, and multi-scalar residential green spaces and amenities. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University GSAPP, Wendy teaches the regional urban design studio, and she has also taught at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. She has served as a Board Member and Design-Build Fellow of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, where she continues to engage in hands-on community service in Brooklyn. She is a registered Landscape Architect in New York State. Her interest in nuclear landscapes began from spending her childhood near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation along the Columbia River in Washington State, now the site of the largest high-level nuclear waste cleanup site in the nation.