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EcoDistricts Pre-Conference: Research Forum

November 3 | 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 Research Forum is a chance for local and national participants to discuss what roles research institutions—both in and beyond universities—can and should play in a transition toward sustainable practices. The afternoon will include interactive panels and working sessions that explore:
+ How have communities developed, leveraged, and negotiated their relationships with research institutions to pursue equitable sustainable development?
+ What are the opportunities and challenges in aligning the goals of research and practice?
+ What topics are addressed in regional and national research and where can we collaborate to advance research and practice?
+ How can community embedded research create change at a neighborhood and a regional scale?

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.

The event requires a separate registration from the EcoDistricts Summit and costs $25 to attend.
Select the Research Forum in the menu of this registration page after you push the Tickets button:


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
11:00 am - 4:45 pm


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