Rust Belt Reinvention: Malcolm Mossman '14

Author: Rachel Novick


As an American Studies major and Sustainability minor, Malcolm Mossman became interested in the role of green space in the Rust Belt in the post-Great Recession era. His capstone project examined the opportunities and challenges involved in introducing urban agriculture on abandoned land in cities such as Detroit and Cleveland.

"I decided to research the benefits of natural areas in postindustrial cities for my capstone because of my interest in reconnecting people with nature," says Malcolm, "whether it be where we live or where we escape to." Malcolm visited several Rust Belt cities to observe community interactions with urban agriculture initiatives.

Malcolm interned with the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C. last summer, and after graduation will be working for Environment America, a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations.

"I am excited to work with Environment America after graduation," added Malcolm, "because it provides me with the opportunity to educate other people about the importance of America's public lands and help protect these spaces so that we can reap the recreational, ecological, and environmental benefits they provide."