Marielle Anzelone, Urban Ecologist

  • Theater for the New City 155 1st Ave New York, NY, 10003 United States

Marielle Anzelone is an urban ecologist whose experience centers on people’s daily connections with nearby nature and the role that design, education, and government can play in fostering this relationship. She is the Founder and Executive Director of NYC Wildflower Week– an organization that produces cultural and educational programming to engage the public with the wilds of the Big Apple. 
 
She is also advancing comprehensive local biodiversity policy. A bill that she helped develop, supporting native biodiversity in public landscapes, was signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg in February 2013. 
 
In June 2016 she will unveil PopUp Forest: Times Square. Filled with mature trees, shrubs and wildflowers, the forest will give urbanites an immersive natural area experience in the most iconically un-natural part of the city.
 
Marielle is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Her op-ed published August 15, 2012, "Mountain Mint Broke My Heart", inspired some of the dialogue in "Extreme Whether".

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