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Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Dr. Antwi Akom and Grant Ervin

October 9, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Antwi Akom

Dr. Antwi Akom is a champion of healthy communities, and like many of our past Inspire Speakers Series presenters, his definition of community health is impressively open-ended.  Dr. Akom seeks to connect environmental health with societal well-being, equal opportunity education with economic equity.  He is a nationally recognized leader in environmental economics, youth development, and the sociology of poverty and education.  In the burgeoning environmental field, Professor Akom sees an opportunity to engage students in vulnerable populations to be innovative business and community leaders in the 21st century.  Dr. Akom’s idea of creating “shareable cities” calls for car sharing, house sharing, tool sharing, and shared decision-making.  He sees too many communities today with limited access to resources and wonders what the cities of our future would look like if we designed them with everyone in mind.

Professor Akom’s research has largely focused on answering two questions:

1) How do we create more just, sustainable, and smarter cities? 

2) How do we create more democratic models of civic and community engagement?

Check out Dr. Akom’s presentation at the 2013 EcoDistricts Summit.


Grant ErvinGrant Ervin is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Pittsburgh. He works to improve sustainability performance through city operations and policies. Grant has been working for the City of Pittsburgh since 2014. He is a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and a board member of Sustainable Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Mayor William Peduto’s team, Grant served as regional director for sustainable development advocates 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in transportation, infrastructure and land use policy. Grant began his career in community development with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, where he led the organization’s public policy advocacy efforts related to vacant land reclamation, technology applications, and neighborhood reinvestment.


More about Dr. Akom:

Awards & Recognition:

  • Recipient, 2011 New Connections Junior Health Investigator Award
  • Recipient, 2010 Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Investigator Award, provided by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • 2013 Finalist for the Echoing Green award

Books in Progress:

  • Ameritocracy: The Racing of our Nations School Children
  • Revolutionary Urbanism: Race, Climate Justice, and the Politics of Pollution in Cities and Schools; editing with Professor Jason Corburn from U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design/City Planning


We’d like to thank our Inspire Speakers Series Co-Presenting Partners:

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Have you missed any of our past lectures?  Check out our Highlight Reel and our list of this season’s speakers.

Is this event out of your price range? We want this incredibly inspiring evening with Dr. Akom to be accessible to everyone in our community.  If you find the $20 rate to be prohibitive, please email Jenna Cramer to discuss your options.

GBCI CMP  This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.


October 9, 2014
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jenna Cramer


Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center
1825 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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