The POCACITO Blog

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, 2020Comments 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…

Closing the Loop – zero 3

June 22, 2019Comments Off on Closing the Loop – zero 3

with Jason Morenikeji, Director, Urban Farming Company. The Urban Farming Company uses circular economy thinking to reduce economic and ecological food footprints. Their solution – called Zero3 (www.zero3.io) – explores the value potential of the organic waste flowing through our cities. With the vision of creating a zero waste, zero…

Communities co-create the circular economy

March 10, 2019 Comments Off on Communities co-create the circular economy

a POCACITO webtalk on March 14, 12pm ET with Øystein Leonardsen from Copenhagen In recent years, South Harbour (a disadvantaged neighborhood in Copenhagen) has been undergoing a tremendous physical development. Politicians, researchers and urban planners have in this regard infused South Harbour with new interesting initiatives working towards more integrated…

Reducing Short Lived Climate Pollutants

March 10, 2019 Comments Off on Reducing Short Lived Climate Pollutants

A POCACITO webinar with Alan Silayan from Clean Air Asia (CAA) The latest publications by the IPCC and UNEnvironment paint a dire apocalyptic picture of the impacts of not meeting the challenges of the Paris agreement.  Reducing short-lived climate pollutants in the near term gives us an opportunity to meet…

POCACITO in the US – Eight to Infinity

July 24, 2018Comments Off on POCACITO in the US – Eight to Infinity

Since POCACITO’s inception five years ago, the program has evolved into a broad series of events and exchanges that have touched five continents. The desire for informed, inspired dialogue about urban sustainability continues to grow as the consequences of inaction become more evident. What has been particularly powerful about the…