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EcoDistricts Pre-Conference: Research Forum

November 3, 2019 | 11:00 am - 4:45 pm

ecodistricts research forum

Neighborhoods are rich places of learning when many people come to share expertise. Led by evolveEA’s Christine Mondor, the Research Forum taking place the day before the EcoDistricts Summit will explore how community-embedded research can benefit both the community and academic institutions. The Forum will gather community members, students, and academic professionals to discuss how they can collaborate to equitably advance community efforts and increase knowledge through shared decision-making and ownership.

The Forum is a locally hosted, one day event to highlight regional and national research activities and leadership in urban and community development and to discuss opportunities for deeper collaborations regionally and nationally. It is open to all conference registrants and academics and practitioners are encouraged to attend. Forum activities include presentations on featured research and education, activities to build an ecodistrict agenda, identification of collaboration opportunities, and next steps to build relationships between institutions.


11 AM – 1 PM. Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus Tour + Farm to Table Luncheon + Discussion of the Campus as an EcoDistrict Prototype

The Research Forum will begin with a tour of the Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, an experiential living-learning environment built from the ground up as a sustainable campus. In the four years the campus has been operational, the innovative building systems have been tested and many lessons learned. At the same time, a distinct culture is emerging, engaging new thinking about collaboration and campus governance. The tour will be followed by a Farm to Table luncheon in the Barazzone Center and a presentation / discussion with Sandy Mendler of Mithun and Peter Walker, dean of the new Falk School of Sustainability.

1 PM – 5 PM. Panel Discussions + Facilitated Group Working Sessions

The afternoon will consist of panel discussions and small group working sessions that explore community-embedded research, best practices in development, and challenges and opportunities relating to partnerships between neighborhoods and research institutions.

Shuttle Service is available and included in registration!

10:00 AM – Pickup in Downtown Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The shuttle will board at the hotel’s back lobby on Grant Street (555 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) and arrive at Eden Hall’s Esther Barazzone Center by 11:00 AM.

5:00 PM – Depart from Eden Hall at the parking turn-around next to the Esther Barazzone Center. The shuttle will arrive downtown at the Omni William Penn Hotel by 6:00 PM.


The event requires a separate registration from the EcoDistricts Summit and costs $25 to attend. Lunch, shuttle, and tours of the campus in addition to the group discussion are included in the price of the ticket.
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The forum is co-hosted by The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Penn State University, evolveEA, and Mithun.


November 3, 2019
11:00 am - 4:45 pm


Chatham University Eden Hall Campus
6035 Ridge Rd
Gibsonia, PA 15044 United States
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