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.