Greenbuild – Resilience Summit
August 26 | 7:45 am - 9:15 am
Join evolvers Anna Rosenblum and Christine Mondor as they lead the session at Greenbuild’s Resilience Summit titled, “How Three Southwestern Pennsylvania Rivertowns Became the First Three Certified EcoDistricts in the World”
In their talk, Anna and Christine will describe how the Boroughs of Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg have long been located in a vulnerable position – environmentally, economically, and in terms of social equity. The three communities share common boundaries along the Allegheny River, right outside of Pittsburgh, in addition to issues such as increasingly frequent flooding, poor air quality, the departure of major employers, the worsening opioid epidemic, and ongoing concerns regarding social equity. This presentation will tell the story of how these three communities came together over the past ten years to increase resiliency and create a new path forward. Each community has established themselves as an Ecodistrict, focusing on both the hardware or physical systems of places, as well as the software of social and cultural resiliency. These communities have engaged in planning and project implementation through six quality of life lenses (equity, food, water, energy, air quality, and mobility) as part of a comprehensive approach to sustainability.
The virtual event will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 7:45 AM – 9:15 AM EDT. The Resilience Summit is one of three pre-event virtual summits.