Inspire Speakers Series

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The Inspire Speakers Series is a monthly lecture circuit featuring nationally renowned experts in various fields of sustainability, as well as local specialists who can share experiences of promoting environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality in Western Pennsylvania.

The theme for our 2014-2015 Inspire Speakers Series is: Creating the Most Livable Places for AllThis means healthy and regenerative buildings, schools, neighborhoods, and cities; thriving communities and economies; socially just places to live; and so much more.  Check out our fall line-up below!

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Learn about our past speakers here.  

We’re delighted to introduce you to this year’s speakers!  Here is the 2014-2015  Fall Line-Up:


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Antwi AkomDr. Antwi Akom: October 9, 2014

Dr. Akom sees “shareable cities” as the cities of the future and wonders what our communities would look like if we designed for everyone in mind.  As 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), Dr. Akom seeks to connect environmental health with societal well-being, equal opportunity education with economic equity.  His work includes developing tools, ideas, and models that would change the way social services are delivered to low-income communities and people of color. 

Learn more and register for the October edition of our Inspire Speakers Series.


Photo: Jeff Lipsky

Photo: Jeff Lipsky

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: November 13, 2014

Dr. Nichols (or “J”) is a lover of water.  His theory of “neuroconservation”  is the belief that environmental activism would be most effective if people could draw connections between two great forces: the ocean and the human mind.  His recent book, Blue Mind, shows that being in, near, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do.  This research – which combines environmental activism with neuroscience – has made him a pioneer in the world of sustainability.  Stay tuned for a GBA-led book club where you can read Blue Mind with us!

Learn more and register for the November edition of our Inspire Speakers Series.


Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin: December 11, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin is an internationally-renowned writer and consultant who has written 19 books uniting topics as far-ranging as economic development, environmental sustainability, global politics, and technological innovation. Rifkin currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and numerous European heads of state. A catalyst for much of Europe’s green development, Rifkin’s most recent book, The Third Industrial Revolution (a New York Times best seller), focuses on a shift to renewable energy, transformation of building stock, energy storage, Internet technology, and a transformed transportation fleet to take us successfully into the future.

Learn more and register for the December edition of our Inspire Speakers Series.


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