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Join us on Thurs., June 6 at Café Phipps with Jonathan Burgess of the Allegheny County Conservation District. This talk will summarize the Conservation District’s role in regulating and testing soils, the potential value and risks soils carry in the urban environment, how common sampling and assessments are conducted, and what strategies are being employed in restoring or improving their functions and performance. In cities like Pittsburgh, industrial histories can leave an additional legacy of contamination and other impacts that need to be assessed and addressed. Meet the Speaker Jonathan Burgess is the programs and policy director at the Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD), where he oversees soil, water and agricultural programming. In 2016, he founded the District’s Urban Soils Program, which provides free soil lead testing and mapping services to community organizations and greenspace initiatives. Additionally, ACCD has conducted several research projects regarding the extent and concentration of urban soil contamination and health across the Pittsburgh region. Jon currently leads the Urban Soils Working Group, an interdisciplinary collaborative that partnered with Phipps on the inaugural Three Rivers Urban Soil Symposium in 2018, as well as the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council’s Urban Ag Working Group. His educational background combines geology and natural resource management with public policy. Meeting Schedule 5:30 – 6 p.m. — Networking and refreshments 6 – 6:30 p.m. — Presentation 6:30 – 7 p.m. — Discussion Directions and Parking The meeting will take place at Café Phipps, and entry will be available through the main Conservatory entrance at our Welcome Center. Guest parking spaces will be available at the parking island on Schenley Drive.