Bioregional Urbanism: A Collaborative Framework for Scalable Sustainability with Sarah Howard
Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)
“Further research is needed to better understand the linkages across food, water, and energy systems; our response to the resource conundrum must be long-term and integrated across sectors to address systemic risks and root causes.” - From the Global Resource Security Experts’ Workshop, 2009
This talk will explore Bioregional Urbanism, a practice methodology that helps cities and regions become more resilient and self-sufficient and measurably contribute to global sustainability. A team of designers, scientists, policy practitioners, and community partners at Earthos Institute are developing this cross-sector decision-making framework to help people work together to address the resource conundrum while contributing to vibrant places and improved well-being for all. This session introduces the underlying research, theoretical constructs, and practice methods of Bioregional Urbanism, along with preliminary applications in the Boston area and regions around the world.
Sarah Howard is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earthos Institute, and a faculty member at the Boston Architectural College. Howard’s cross-sector work has focused on bringing people together to create inclusive, thriving communities with resilient environments. She began her professional career teaching environmental science and outdoor education in urban settings; then founded community-learning centers; worked for nonprofit organizations in community partnership building; worked to expand affordable housing in Massachusetts; and then studied and practiced just sustainable architecture/ urban design. Howard has also served on numerous community organization boards including Urban Edge (Roxbury, MA), Blackstone Academy Charter School (Pawtucket RI), Ashmont Hill Chamber Music (Dorchester, MA), Westport Housing Partnership and Westport Housing Authority (elected Commissioner). She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Policy degrees from Tufts University.
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment
Tufts University, 210 Packard Avenue, Miller Hall, Medford, Massachusetts
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Environmental Studies Program at Tufts University
Founded in 1984, The Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) was one of the first multidisciplinary environmental programs in the United States. Our students and alumni have become effective practitioners and advocates for the environment in medicine, law, finance, industry, government, and other academic fields.
Environmental Studies is offered as a dual major in conjunction with any departmental major in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering—normally excluding interdisciplinary programs. This dual-major program combines the depth of a major in a specific field with a wide breadth of environmentally oriented courses.
In addition to our academic program, we offer weekly "Lunch and Learn" lectures that are open to the public, a yearly major lectureship on an environmental topic, and periodicly other events.