What can we learn about our community through geography? What stories can maps tell? What connections emerge? The 23rd Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon & Sing will focus on several different community mapping projects.
Pittsburgh is part of a multi-city collaborative called the Climate & Urban Systems Partnership. One of the components of this initiative, pioneered at the New York City hub, is a regional map showing climate change indicators. As Pittsburgh is sharing its interactive educational activity kits with the other cities, we are also implementing New York's model mapping project here. Project leader (and Carnegie Museum of Natural History's director of learning research) Mary Ann Steiner and the Pittsburgh CUSP team will talk about the project as a whole, discuss how the map can reveal Pittsburgh's stories, and lead a design charrette to figure out what local examples of climate impacts, adaptations, and mitigation programs we can display in the Pittsburgh version.
Another local mapping project is being spearheaded by the New Economy Working Group of the Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Social Justice. It will highlight local businesses, activists, and resources supporting a diverse, sustainable, cooperative, and democratic economic system for our region. Mark Dixon is leading this effort, and will bring us up to date on the progress so far as well as the philosophy behind this kind of New Economy.
We'll also hear from Alexis Rzewski, who recently completed detailed trail (and stairway) maps of Frick Park and the South Side Slopes. And we'll have an update from Sam Thomas on GASP's Bike Air Monitor program, showing crowd-pedaled pollution maps of our region.
Sustainability Salon is an educational forum, a venue for discussion and debate about important environmental issues, a house party with an environmental theme. We usually have featured speakers on a particular topic, interspersed with stimulating conversation, lively debate, delectable potluck food and drink, and music-making through the evening.
Past topics have included environmental journalism, grassroots action, community solar power, Marcellus shale development and community rights, green building, air quality, health care, solar power, trees & park stewardship, alternative energy & climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings & discussions (led by the filmmakers) over the winter with both YERT and Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, and more food.