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In Memoriam John Wackman

January 21, 2021No Comments

Some of you joined us on January 8 for a webinar on Repair Cafés and the book Repair Revolution where we wanted to hear from the two authors Elizabeth Knight and John Wackman. Only than John wasn’t there. I am very saddened to tell you that John Wackman died that…

Running for Office: Why Climate Candidates Should Run for Local Government

November 23, 2020 Comments Off on Running for Office: Why Climate Candidates Should Run for Local Government

The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. State and local governments are central to the fight on climate change, especially in the face of the Trump administration’s denial of the crisis and rollbacks of Obama-era climate policies. We need energetic leaders who know how to urgently address…

Growing – Feeding – Building Community

November 17, 2020 ,,,Comments Off on Growing – Feeding – Building Community

In on urban food workshop on December 12, 2020, we developed solutions that empower communities and the individual, covering how to grow food, how to prepare nourishing meals and how to build community. With the current social climate, it has become imperative that the lack of food access is addressed….

eDEN – ecodesign DENver: Better Streets for All

November 3, 2020 Comments Off on eDEN – ecodesign DENver: Better Streets for All

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, to create more space for personal mobility, dining and socializing while still practicing 6-foot distancing, the City and County of Denver has temporarily expanded public infrastructure into the public right-of-way on select streets throughout the city. With about 10 miles of roadway turned back…

How to overcome the challenges of online shopping, 11/4/20

October 19, 2020Comments Off on How to overcome the challenges of online shopping, 11/4/20

With the spread of COVID-19, online shopping has seen a massive increase across the globe. Online retail has spurred a massive growth of packaging in recycling streams, but also is a growing contributor to air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and congestion. This is true just as well in the United States…

The Sustainability Profession: What’s Next?

October 13, 2020Comments Off on The Sustainability Profession: What’s Next?

The sustainability profession was changing before Covid came along. Now it’s changing even more. Strategies we are used to (e.g. transit) are being replaced by new ones (e.g. telecommuting). Stand-alone sustainability offices and plans are disappearing. Integration is the new order of the day. We’ll review these changes and discuss…

Carolina Farm Trust – building resilient communities

September 10, 2020 ,,Comments Off on Carolina Farm Trust – building resilient communities

Alex Alcorn is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Carolina Farm Trust, a Charlotte-based non-profit serving North and South Carolina. Alex is a community organizer and public health professional with expertise in organizational strategy, community engagement, and public policy.  This presentation continues our discussion of how justice, food,…

Resilient, green and just

August 13, 2020Comments Off on Resilient, green and just

using systems of capital and ecology as a case against austerity in the age of the rona Nat Zorach, AICP, is the voice behind Handbuilt City, which was conceived in 2011 as a “think/do” tank which could serve as a cure for the common community development enterprise. Before, Nat has been working…

POCACITO BLM – June 18, 2020

June 19, 2020 ,Comments Off on POCACITO BLM – June 18, 2020

A whole lot is happening every week and while nobody has all the answers, together, we can find ways to respond and to deal with the challenges we all face while pursuing sustainable cities: be it health, equity or racism or all three together. Our three speakers: Jordie Vasquez, architect…

Cradle to Cradle – leaving a big and positive footprint

November 19, 2019Comments Off on Cradle to Cradle – leaving a big and positive footprint

The C2C school of thought is characterized by a positive conception of man with a positive footprint: as beneficial organisms humans are a part of the environment. Old patterns of thinking are abandoned, while new paths towards intelligent abundance are established. The C2C design concept is based on the fundamental…