Inspire Speakers Series

Founded in 2012 by Green Building Alliance, the Inspire Speakers Series proposes a new vision for the city, one based on inclusive dialogue and shared prosperity. In its 8th season, the series has welcomed over 100 national thought leaders to discuss topics including public art, placemaking, and equitable development. Series highlights include Paul Hawken, Joel Glansberg, Toni Griffin, and Candy Chang.

Upcoming Events:

Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Energy and Oppression

What is energy, and how do our energy systems contribute to inequities? During this edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, we will explore these questions and the core equity issues related to the extraction, production, and consumption of energy. We will also hear solutions and creative ideas about how energy can be used to empower rather than oppress. We hope you can join us for this informative and inspiring conversation!

Basic Event Agenda

  • Welcome and Opening Comments
  • Inspire Speakers Series Background and Thanks to our Sponsors
  • Keynote Presentation by Dr. Diana Hernandez
  • Panel Discussion
  • Audience Questions and Discussion
  • Closing

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Caroline Fredricka Holdship Charitable Trust
PNC Charitable Trusts

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