Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York
The Trust for Public Land has been working in New York since 1981 and protected more than 123,000 acres across the state. In New York City, the organization has preserved more than 100 community gardens, and has designed and built 189 school and community playgrounds, putting almost 3.5 million New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk to a park. As Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Carter Strickland led the 5,700-person agency’s response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. In the past three years, he has been at HDR, a top-ranked architecture and engineering firm, where he has been an adviser to cities, utilities and others on water and sustainability issues, before becoming the New York State director of the Trust For Public Land in 2017. Join Leonard for a conversation with someone who has been at the center of the fight for public land for decades.