Seeing Environmental Damage in Newark
Drew students and professors notice signs of hope as well.
May 2016 – In a recent trip to Newark, N.J., about 50 students and professors from Drew University saw environmental threats first hand—be it at a closed high school stadium tainted by PCBs or an existing sewage treatment plant that produces noxious fumes. It was a sobering trip.
The group saw signs of progress as well, though, including hard won public park that’s on the Newark side of the Passaic River, which itself is polluted with dioxin. So, while they recoiled at the damage done, they also felt hopeful about what could be.
The April 15 trip was designed to educate participants about environmental problems just 15 miles from campus that they can help eradicate. Here’s a glimpse at some of the seven stops on the tour, which was organized by TERRA, Ironbound Community Corp. and GreenFaith, including members from Summit.