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Civic Dinner: Climate

December 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

$15 - $50

Civic Dinners are meals hosted for a small group of people—old friends and new ones—and with the objective of engaging in profound and mindful conversations about topics that are sensitive, yet imperative, to discuss. In an increasingly fragmented world, the ability to connect with one another becomes ever more powerful. Though we often forget it, human beings are storytellers, and we relate to each other through shared experiences, dining, and dialogue.


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**Special Note: Please keep in mind that space for this event is extremely limited.



As an extension of the Inspire Speakers Series, Green Building Alliance and our partners design several shoulder events to create stronger interpersonal and community connections while weaving in topics of interest presented on stage over the last five seasons. We invite you to join us and our gracious dinner hosts Joylette Portlock and Mark Dixon for an evening of conversation and community building around the topic of climate.


About our Hosts:

Joylette Portlock – President of Communitopia.

Joylette is the President of Communitopia, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh that focuses on climate change communication, where she stars in a series of funny, short web videos on climate change for the general public, called “Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something!”. She has a degree from MIT and a Ph.D. in genetics from Stanford University; she now works to give the public important scientific information it can use. She has worked on environmental issues at the local, state, and federal level, and has been focused on global climate change since 2007. Dr. Portlock is a Huffington Post blogger and currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health.


Mark Dixon – Filmmaker, videographer, photographer, and media consultant at Blue Lens.

Mark is an award-winning filmmaker, activist, and public speaker exploring the frontiers of social change on a finite planet. Mark graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. As evidence for global warming and resource depletion moved into prominent view on an international scale, Mark decided to refocus his life and skills on tackling those issues, co-launching YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip, which ultimately became a feature film. Most recently, Mark created the film, “The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.” A citizen of the world, Mark has lived on three continents and visited 26 countries, particularly enjoying a year in Tokyo, Japan.



6:00 p.m. – Drinks and networking

6:30 p.m. – Seated dinner and whole-table conversation

8:30 p.m. – Dinner and structured conversation end, event wrap-up


December 5, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$15 - $50
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Carnegie Science Center’s new PointView Hall
One Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 United States
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