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INSPIRE Speakers Series: David Orr
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Inc.
May 9, 2013
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for the eigth session of the INSPIRE Speakers Series with national expert, David Orr, and representatives from local neighborhoods engaged in EcoDistrict planning.
This Inspire Speakers Series will address what David Orr calls Full Spectrum Sustainability, an all-encompassing collaborative effort between organizations, businesses, educational institutions, residents, and government to create healthy, thriving, and sustainable communities that promote a high quality of life for all. The lecture will also feature Ecodistrict planning, a way for communities to incorporate innovative energy, water or food systems into the design of their neighborhoods while creating new types of community ties.
The Oberlin Project
David Orr’s vision for a carbon neutral plan for the entire town of Oberlin, called the Oberlin Project, is a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of the community. The Project’s goal is to “revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new, sustainable base for economic and community development.” Oberlin is one of 18 Clinton Foundation Climate Positive Development Project cities (one of only three in the United States), all of which have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions below zero. Read more about the Oberlin Project’s goals, watch a short video below, and learn more about David Orr.
The Oberlin Project from Daniel Schloss on Vimeo.
Local Ecodistrict Planning: Millvale and Larimer
Christine Mondor from evolveEA will join community leaders from two unique Pittsburgh neighborhoods, Larimer and Millvale, to discuss their collaborative work with ecodistrict planning methodology. Ecodistricts in existing communities are especially challenging as they must integrate innovative systems into existing fabric while raising community capacity to imagine, implement and steward their energy, water, and food systems. The presentation will explore how deep community resilience can be created when urban improvements are coupled with civic engagement to develop community strength in decision-making, knowledge development, legal structure and financial resources. Learn more about the local speakers.
Members of Green Building Alliance and our event partner organizations (Phipps Conservatory, Grow Pittsburgh, GTECH Strategies, and Tri-State Area School Study Council) receive the member discount.
For groups of two or more, choose "Group Registration" in order to receive the group discount.
Students, teachers and community members are encouraged to attend! For scholarship information, please contact Jenna Cramer.
Dinner with David Orr: A Green Schools Academy Fundraiser
Join us after the Inspire Speakers Series for an evening of networking with David Orr, local speakers, and attendees while enjoying a delicious dinner featuring healthy, local food at the Porch at Schenley! Learn more.
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