Seminal conference to explore urban coastal sustainability

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By Angela Herring | Northeastern News | February 5, 2013

The majority of the world’s cities lie on a shore­line, and by 2020, two-​​thirds of all Amer­i­cans are expected to reside in coastal cities. From San Fran­cisco to Boston to Hong Kong, humans are living in ever-​​closer quar­ters with the marine species that set up shop here eons ago.

“We need to under­stand the inter­face between the human and nat­ural envi­ron­ment and deter­mine ways to solve prob­lems for both,” said Brian Hel­muth, a North­eastern pro­fessor of public policy and envi­ron­mental sci­ence.

To address those issues, Hel­muth and Geoff Trussell, chair of the Depart­ment of Marine and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences and director of the Marine Sci­ence Center, are orga­nizing the Sus­taining Coastal Cities Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be hosted by the Col­lege of Sci­ence this spring and is the first of its kind, focusing on key issues in urban coastal sustainability. Read More

Joan Fitzgerald at the Inner City Economic Summit

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Joan Fitzgerald recently spoke on a panel at the Inner City Economic Summit, put on by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

“Cities across the country are creating innovative models and collaborative partnerships to lay the groundwork for sustainable economic development. By identifying industry strengths and then connecting capital, land use and business development strategies to these, city leaders can have a greater impact on their communities. At the same time, these strategies need a specific focus on the city’s most distressed areas in order to ensure that all city residents have a path to economic opportunity. What Works case studies along with groundbreaking research will equip participants with a framework to create accessible jobs and maximize investment in their cities.” – description from the Summit program

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