Keynote speaker announced for Rocky Mountain Green (USGBC Colorado) | U.S. Green Building Council
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Dr. Antwi Akom will deliver the opening plenary for Rocky Mountain Green 2017.

It is no secret that Denver and the Front Range in Colorado is experiencing rapid growth and that neighborhoods are gentrifying faster than ever before. While the community is obviously invested in continuing rapid growth of the built environment, USGBC Colorado also recognizes the importance in involving all community members in the development process.

At Rocky Mountain Green this year, running April 26–28 in Denver, we are looking forward to addressing gentrification and community development and hearing from an expert on how to incorporate opinions from every level of the community, not just the developers.

USGBC Colorado is thrilled to announce Dr. Antwi Akom as the opening plenary speaker for Rocky Mountain Green. Akom is an urban technologist with an extensive background in collaborative, community-facing technology projects, designing for the public good and developing new models of urban innovation in the 21st century that make cities and schools smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable.

In addition, he is the founding director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab—the first joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Akom is also co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), which builds revolutionary technology platforms that connect everyday people to urban design and planning processes, based in Oakland, California.

Akom co-founded and launched a series of technology startups in the San Francisco Bay area, including Streetwyze, which has been recognized by the White House, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight News Challenge and Echoing Green, among others. Streetwyze is the world’s first neighborhood navigator powered by local knowledge and is an invaluable tool when it comes to ensuring equitable community safety and development.

We are looking forward to hearing Akom address the inherent issues of rapid growth and what the community here in Colorado can do to make sure no voice is left out of the conversation and that particular groups of people are not forced to move out of their homes or be left homeless.

Don’t miss our plenary speaker's morning address on Thurs., April 27, from 8–9 a.m. during Rocky Mountain Green. 

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