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The Atlantic Festival

September 21, 2022 // The stakes couldn’t be higher. Finding solutions to climate change so that people and nature can thrive together is the opportunity and challenge of the moment. ‘The Atlantic’ will assemble policymakers, climate innovators, scientists and business leaders to address today’s most urgent climate challenges and solutions to build a more resilient future.

Smithsonian Panel Livelihoods and Landscapes

Smithsonian Earth Optimism x Folklife Festival 2022

June 26, 2022 // Livelihoods and Landscapes, a panel discussion: People around the world are restoring animals, plants, and trees in their landscapes and seascapes for future generations, and, in doing so, are finding creative ways to make a living. Hear from visionaries and changemakers from the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States.

Jane Jacobs Lecture Series: Streets for Everyone

June 7, 2022 // In ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities,’ Jane Jacobs wrote, “cities have the capacity of providing something for everybody, only when they are created by everybody.” Today, the tactics of reclaiming the street with Parklets, Slow Streets, and Shared Spaces has exploded during the COVID Pandemic. However, these street interventions are not equally distributed.…

American Planning Association: Living With Water

May 24, 2022 // Our relationship to water is increasingly defining the design of cities. Cloudbursts overwhelm watersheds, flooding low lying areas, while storm surge inundates coastlines. How are cities using green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to manage floodwaters while creating jobs and co-powering communities? This panel will explore the ways in which cities are adapting to the threats of…

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Creating Transportation Equity from the Ground Up

April 27, 2022 // Transportation accounts for the largest share of emissions in the United States. But many U.S. cities benefit by having dense urban footprints. By expanding low- and zero-carbon mobility options, cities can help to build more equitable transportation systems and increase economic mobility. Alison Sant, author of ‘From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities,’…

Harvard: Building Resilient & Sustainable Communities, Earth Day 2022

April 23, 2022 // Harvard Extension School’s Sustainability and Global Development Practice Degree Programs and Dean Nancy J. Coleman celebrates Earth Day 2022. This is an online Zoom event with your hosts Mark Leighton, Associate Director, and Lindi von Mutius, Director, Sustainability and Global Development Practice Degree Programs. Helping communities to thrive in the face of climate change and other…

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Engaged Urbanism Webinar: From the Ground Up with Alison Sant

March 30, 2022 // Hear author Alison Sant, speak as part of the Engaged Urbanism Webinar: Planning the Post-Pandemic City lecture series. Hosted by Dr Neil Galway of the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queens University Belfast, the series explores how we can re-imagine our post-pandemic cities to be more inclusive, green and liveable.

Audubon Society: Nature-Based Efforts to Create Resilient Cities

March 16, 2022 // Cities are experimenting with ways of reintroducing nature to be resilient to the rising tides, floods, and extreme weather events caused by climate change. Along urban coastlines, restored wetlands, constructed oyster reefs, and ecotone levees provide critical habitat for birds, bivalves and other species–while buffering severe storms. In urban watersheds, expanding the floodplains of creeks, streams…

SPUR Panel: Creating Streets for People in the Tenderloin

February 10, 2022 // From parklets and quick-build projects to its recent Slow Streets initiative, San Francisco has been a leader in experimenting with remaking its streetscapes. However, these programs and their benefits are often unequally distributed. One such example is the Tenderloin, which had fewer public street amenities than most other neighborhoods before the pandemic and was one of…