Johannesburg To Charlottesville - Challenges Of World Summit On
October 29, 2002--
Global environmental problems and their social impact on
communities around the world fueled the World Summit on Sustainable
Development that convened in Johannesburg, South Africa in August.
The summit highlighted a growing consensus that local action and
planning are essential to successfully tackle these issues said
Timothy Beatley, professor in U.Va.’s School of Architecture’s
Department of Urban and Environmental Planning.
raise awareness of sustainable development — the implementation
of effective strategies to protect the environment while meeting
human needs and aspirations — and ethical issues associated
with the goals raised in Johannesburg, Beatley, who attended the
summit, has organized a symposium and series of community forums
to illuminate demonstrated solutions and begin a dialogue addressing
sustainable development challenges in the Charlottesville area.
Johannesburg to Charlottesville: A Region’s Response to the
World Summit on Sustainable Development,” an all-day symposium,
Friday, Nov. 15, will review themes, controversies and challenges
brought to light at the summit and explore ways other communities
and local planners and designers are addressing sustainable development.
symposium is “a way to begin to appreciate our lifestyles
and habits and how they affect the world,” Beatley said. “It
raises questions of fairness and the ethics of how we are living.”
will give a presentation at 9:15 a.m., “Report from Johannesburg
and the World Summit: Themes, Controversies, Challenges.”
He is the author of “The Ecology of Place,” an examination
of innovative local sustainability practice from around the country,
and “Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities,”
which chronicles the experiences of more than 30 cities in 11 countries.
Hallsmith, Vermont coordinator of Earth Charter Campaign, will discuss
global ethics and whether they should guide local practice and behavior.
In a 9:45 a.m. talk, “Burlington Vermont: A City Pursuing
Sustainable Development with a Global Perspective,” she will
review the city’s progress in becoming a sustainable city,
including the city’s innovative energy, food production and
Crockett, of the Chattanooga Institute for Sustainability in Tennessee,
will highlight the decades-long revitalization of an abandoned inner
city involving residents in planning and promoting public-private
partnerships. Chattanooga, cited as a model of how to build a sustainable
city, was able to successfully reduce air pollution, create an electric-bus
system, recycle old factories and houses to bring people back downtown,
create riverside walks and greenways, create a zero-emission industrial
park and promote sustainable industries. Crockett’s talk,
“Chattanooga: Sustainable Development in the South,”
is at 10:30 a.m.
Reynolds, of the Chicago Department of the Environment, will give
a talk at 11:15 a.m., “Chicago: An Emerging Midwest Ecological
City,” focusing on that city’s success in returning
abandoned toxic inner-city brownfield sites to industrial, residential
and recreational use.
Honey, executive director of Sister Cities International, Sister
Cities Network for Sustainable Development, will discuss creative
collaborations between cities that can help each other with issues
such as water, sanitation, energy and industrial clean up. His 1
p.m. talk is titled, “Positive Stories of Local Global Planning
Quale, U.Va. architecture professor, will give a 1:30 p.m. talk,
“Planning for Solar Communities: Lessons from the Solar Decathlon.”
U.Va.’s entry in the Department of Energy’s recent competition
to design and build the most forward-thinking solar house won first
place in the design and livability category and second place over-all.
The project was an interdisciplinary initiative of architecture
and engineering students.
Penalosa, former mayor of Bogata, Colombia, will give the keynote
address, “Forging a Sustainable Path in Bogata.” Penalosa
is internationally recognized for helping turn a troubled urban
environment into a city of pride and hope, emphasizing improving
the infrastructure in poor neighborhoods. Through citizen involvement,
Penalosa spearheaded the successful creation of new schools, parks
and public spaces. He also improved transportation by implementing
a bus system, creating bicycle paths and reduced pollution by restricting
automobile use in the city. He instituted a yearly car-free day
with the long-range goal of having no cars during rush hours beginning
in 2015. Penalosa’s talk is at 3 p.m.
program also includes a noon brown- bag presentation by planning
students who are researching the global implications of local actions,
consumption and lifestyle choices. Titled “Preliminary Results
of the U.Va. Global-Local Project,” students will trace global
pathways of Charlottesville area food consumption, consumer goods,
home building products and travel to emphasize local-global connections.
School of Architecture faculty William Morrish, William Lucy, Beth
Meyer and William Sherman will participate in a concluding panel
discussion, “Planning and Design Implications of the Global
Sustainability Agenda,” at 4:15 p.m.
symposium, free and open to the public, will be held 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153. Box lunches are available for $7.
To order a box lunch or for details about the symposium, call or
e-mail Bettie Hall in the Department of Urban and Environmental
Planning at (434) 924-1339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
can be reached at (434) 924-6457 or email@example.com.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298