Social Equity in the Built Environment

Continuing Education Credits

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Above: Professor Mindy Thompson Fullilove, who will speak about her work incorporating social justice into green building.

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In creating a sustainable building, what if we could create something that helps the people in the community, the people who take care of the building and the people who physically built the building?

What if we really understood how to have a dialogue about the sometimes thorny issues of equity in a way that was collaborative, fruitful and realistic? And what if we had a 2030 Social Challenge as well as a 2030 Building Challenge?

This lecture will provide background on why we separate the needs of people from our design process. We will look at case studies of projects that are incorporating strategies to help the less empowered, at how LEED is approaching these issues and at ways to think about social equity in your projects.

Susan Kaplan, LEED Fellow
President, BuildingWrx

Susan Kaplan is the president of BuildingWrx, a consulting firm she began in 2011 to find collaborative, sustainable solutions to building/rebuilding better buildings, sites, communities and cities. Kaplan previously served as the Director of Sustainability for the Battery Park City Authority. She is the founder and co-chair of the USGBC's Social Equity Working Group, which has created some of the first pilot credits to address social equity in the built environment. She is a past chair of the USGBC’s LEED Technical Committee, as well as a past chair of Urban Green Council’s Board of Directors.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, HON AIA
Professor of Urban Policy and Health, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy

Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School. She teaches in the Public and Urban Policy Program and is one of the organizers of "400 Years of Inequality," a project calling on the nation to observe the anniversary of Jamestown. She is the author of over 100 scientific articles and six books, including Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities.



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