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An In-Depth Look at Sustainability for All: Smart, Shareable, Equitable Communities

GBCI: 0920003822

Grant Ervin and Dr. Antwi Akom ask us to challenge conventional wisdom, initiate civic innovation, and use our eco-imaginations to create the most livable places for all.
Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
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Published on: April 14, 2015

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About

In this recording of Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speakers Series, Grant Ervin and Dr. Antwi Akom discuss how smart, shareable cities can lead to the creation of the most livable, thriving places for all. Grant Ervin, Sustainability Manager for the City of Pittsburgh, offers the city government perspective and calls for civic innovation and accessible information as launch pads for creating livable and thriving communities for everyone. He challenges us to go beyond sustainability and strive for strength, resilience, endurance, and restoration as a community.

Dr. Antwi Akom, Associate Professor of Urban Sociology at San Francisco State University and co-founder of I-SEEED, asks us to look into our eco-imaginations and get a little uncomfortable. Dr. Akom shares facts and figures about racial inequity as it relates to environment, health, and sustainability. He proposes that we democratize data and decision-making, invest in low-income communities, and combine social services with equitable development to create the most thriving communities for all.

This course is great for anyone working in:
• Community planning
• Higher Education
• K-12 Education
• Government
• Grassroots organizing
• Non-profit organizations
• Social entrepreneurship
• LEED ND or Eco-District projects

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Objectives

  1. Gain insight into two different yet connected views of challenges and solutions in creating livable, sustainable communities
  2. Draw connections among cause and effect as they relate to income, equity, location, health, sustainability, and livability
  3. Identify unique environmental and health challenges presented to low-income communities and communities of color
  4. Apply Dr. Akom’s theories, research and innovations in civic engagement (in Oakland, CA) and Grant Ervin’s advocacy and local government experience (in Pittsburgh, PA) to contribute to initiatives in your own city or community
  5. Promote discussions about creating more sustainable cities by promoting community engagement with public and private initiatives

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Green Building Alliance
Pittsburgh, PA
United States
Green Building Alliance
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Leaders

Grant Ervin, Sustainability Manager for the City of Pittsburgh
Dr. Antwi Akom, Associate Professor of Urban Sociology at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED)
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