Creating Green Cities

WED, NOV 16, 2005 (1:20:54)

Peter Smith of the Boston Society of Architects, Larissa Brown, chief planner for urban design firm Goody and Clancy, and Kristina Egan, director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance discuss transit oriented development and “smart growth” are new initiatives in urban design aimed at creating “green cities.” How is it possible to design urban communities that are economically and environmentally sustainable? How do such communities work? Are they coming to your region soon?

+ BIO: Peter Smith

Peter Smith is the Clerk on the board of Communities Without Borders, was formerly the Co-chair of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations and currently is a member of their board of directors and sits on their executive committee. He is on the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston and served as a Delegate to the National Summit on Africa in Washington, D.C. Peter has been active with the First Unitarian Society in Newton having served for three years as Co-chair of the Social Action Committee and three years on the Board of Trustees. He is the Massachusetts Bay District Envoy to the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. He was active in his neighborhood association and is the Past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Decade Coalition/Newton, a grassroots environmental group. He is the Coordinator of the core group for 20/20 Vision in the Fourth Congressional District in Massachusetts, a national environmental and peace legislative lobbying organization. Smith has also been active with the Architects for Social Responsibility Committee of the Boston Society of Architects. He has attended the United Nations Habitat for Humanity Conference in Istanbul in 1996 representing the Boston Society of Architects. He was active with Beyond War, and served on the Bioregional Council of the Foundation for Global Community and on the Administrative Team for Peace Child Boston.

+ BIO: Larissa Brown

Larissa Brown PhD, AICP provides leadership and management for public and private clients in a broad range of communities, including city comprehensive and strategic plans, visioning, neighborhood and downtown revitalization plans, and open space plans. She has served as chief planner for a regional council of governments and as director of community planning for a municipal government. She is also a founding member of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a statewide smart growth advocacy collaborative.

+ BIO: Kristina Egan

Kristina Egan serves as the director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a new coalition between housing, community development, planning, environment, and transportation interests. Before joining the Alliance, she was the founding director of Odyssey, a statewide transportation choices coalition in California that forged an ongoing alliance between business, labor, community advocates and transit agencies promoting sustainable transportation choices through state policy reform and “on-the-ground” transit service improvements. Kristina also spent three years as an energy policy analyst for the International Institute of Energy Conservation in Thailand where her work resulted in new energy efficiency standards adopted by the Thai government and the formation of an independent international organization to harmonize energy efficiency testing procedures in the Asia Pacific region. Ms. Egan has published in the Far Eastern Economic Review, World Transport Policy and Practice and the SAIS Review. Ms. Egan holds a M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A from Wesleyan University.

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