September 25, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
SART will be from 11:00am - 12:30pm EST.
While efforts to protect and steward natural resources are essential to a climate-safe future, they are no longer enough. Far too often, resource use and development planning are determined by those in positions of power without truly considering the needs and desires of disadvantaged communities, despite claims of engagement and outreach. The pandemic has starkly revealed the gap between intention and reality and how entrenched disparities and injustice have blocked access to safe, healthy and restorative homes, commons and other built environments for many. How can we bring together the needs of people and the places they live so communities and people can thrive, where the civic commons maximizes human potential and is nourishing, accessible and enriching for all? How can we leverage the combined strength of the environmental and justice movements and create the space to fully understand the needs and desires of all communities? How can we build, improve and reimagine physical spaces not only to be equitable, just and engaging but to facilitate reckoning and healing from systemic oppression? Join Southface Institute and a global panel of women thought-leaders for a Climate Week event on September 25 to engage in a robust dialogue about regenerative placemaking, climate-smart architecture, spatial justice and the supporting mechanisms that can increase the momentum toward equality and sustainability.
President, Southface Institute
Project Manager, StreetPlans
Executive Director, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
Director, Reimagining the Civic Commons Learning Network
Patricia L. Smith
President and CEO, Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Coral Gables, Florida