Efforts to address environmental and economic well-being in the Pacific Northwest are some of the most innovative in the country. Recent reports indicate, however, a growing "green divide," where the environmental and economic benefits of sustainability efforts are unevenly distributed along race and class lines, replicating un-sustainable systems of inequity and that ultimately lead to destabilization. Coupled with a rapidly diversifying population, addressing equity is essential to the success of sustainability efforts.
While there is much discussion of equity in sustainability circles, more needs to be done in order to move forward in achieving it. This workshop will start with an overview of social sustainability principles and concepts, including diversity, equity, and social justice, and will examine the real-world implications of recognizing and applying these ideas across professional contexts.
The workshop will then examine a number of case examples from the non-profit, private, and public sectors that illustrate both successes and challenges in promoting equity and justice in practice. These case studies will highlight strategies that can be used at national, regional, and local levels, and can be replicated and adapted to a variety of settings. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an interactive exercise to explore the processes and dynamics of working collaboratively for positive change.
After lunch, workshop participants will explore the work of Green Empowerment, an international non-profit based in Portland, Oregon that provides villages in the developing world access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy, and other sustainable solutions. Members of Green Empowerment staff will first present the organization's approach and experience in international development, covering what they do, where and how they work, and discussing the importance of community mobilization and working with local partners as keys to project sustainability.
Through presentation, case studies, group exercises and role play, participants will explore how to work with local partners through the various phases of project management. Topics will include determining who "the communit" includes, what key community issues to address, and various participatory survey techniques. An introduction to intercultural communication concepts will be presented with interactive exercises, which will help participants overcome common stumbling blocks when collaborating with individuals and groups from various cultures.
Registration and Fees
Non-Credit Fee: $289
Earlybird Fee: $269
Earlybird Registration Deadline: 05/02/2013
Registration Deadline: 05/15/2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:30am to 4:00pm
White Stag Block
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209