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Greenbuild 2013: Community-based Sustainability Forum

Type Reports
Authored by Clare Rosenberger, Majora Carter, Ryan P. Snow
Published by U.S. Green Building Council

This inaugural event aimed to assess and advance the connection between sustainable and equitable development at the neighborhood level. Examples of sustainability and regeneration initiated within low-income, under-represented communities were presented and celebrated. The dialogue mirrored the integrative processes by engaging the broader ‘neighborhood’ of players, including faith, cultural, social service, community development and economic-opportunity leaders in lively discussion and problem solving. We began to explore the question: what can the green building community learn from local responses that aim to transform a community from surviving to thriving?

The event was facilitated by urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter from Majora Carter Group (South Bronx) and featured panelists Arthur Johnson of , Sustain the Nine Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (New Orleans), Ernst Valery of Ernst Valery Investment Corp (Baltimore) and Fred Brown of Kingsley Association (Pittsburgh). Attendees represented a diverse group of green building leaders, community development professionals and community-based advocates.

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