Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
David Brain, director of the Urban Studies program at New College of Florida (and a WSLR+Fogartyville board member) will speak on “Navigating to Sustainability: The New College Challenge” at the next quarterly meeting of the Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition, which takes place Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court.
“The key to sustainability is not just resolving the technical problems of energy efficiency, resource conservation or even climate adaptation, but the thornier problem of cultivating a collective capacity to navigate an uncertain future — in other words, the problem of resilience,” Brain says. “The problem is even thornier when we realize that any solution depends on a vision of what Julian Agyeman has called a ‘just sustainability,’ a vision that puts social justice at the center.”
The New College Challenge is a year-long process focused on the idea of planning for resilience — as a small public college that is part of the state university system, as a campus located on the vulnerable Gulf Coast, as an institution that is part of the Sarasota-Manatee region. For this work, Brain and his team are engaging the creative assistance of academic partners and design teams other universities who will be visiting between now and June.
The Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition was formed in 2017 by community, faith and student groups in Sarasota and Manatee counties to promote climate solutions grounded in equity and resilience.
The Sept. 12 meeting is open to the public. Please come out and join us.
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