The 57th Sustainability Salon will focus on Environmental Justice: from human health to economics, from the city to the countryside. Fred Brown, formerly at the Kingsley Association and now head of the Homewood Children's Village, has been one of the major forces behind the green revitalization of Larimer, and is creating ways to improve the future of urban kids in underserved communities. He was named an 21st Century Environmental Justice Leader by the Ford Foundation. Environmental and social scientist Kirk Jalbert of the FracTracker Alliance (and a member of the PA DEP's Environmental Justice Advisory Board) is studying how resources and impacts are allocated in the Marcellus shale play and similar regions across the country. And public health advocate Jill Kriesky, associate director of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project will join us to talk about EHP's Health Registry for areas affected by unconventional oil & gas development.
Since one of the most significant impacts of environmental injustice is on the air people breathe, I wanted to mention Friday's fundraiser for our own effective local air-quality organization, the Group Against Smog & Pollution: GASP's Night At The Aviary. A fun time will be had by all! Also, just prior to this salon, we'll be a featured stop on the sixth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour, which runs 12-4 p.m. on Saturday. The 58th salon on the Just Transition will take place on November 12th, and the 59th salon on Visualizing Air Quality will take place on December 3rd.
|July's salon with Bill Peduto|
Bring food and/or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play. Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events) for updates. And if you aren't yet on my list, if you're interested in Sustainability Salons (and our occasional house concert, simply contact me and I'll put you on my email list.
Sustainability Salon is an educational forum; a venue for discussion and debate about important environmental issues; it's a house party with an environmental theme. We usually have featured speakers on various aspects of a topic, interspersed with stimulating conversation, lively debate, delectable potluck food and drink, and music-making through the evening.
Past topics have included the City of Pittsburgh's sustainability initiatives, fossil energy infrastructure, getting money out of politics, community solar power and the Solarize Allegheny program, the Paris climate negotiations (before, during, and after), air quality (again, with news on the autism connection), reuse (of things and substances), neighborhood-scale food systems, other forms of green community revitalization, solar power, climate change, environmental art, environmental education (Part I & Part II), community mapping projects, environmental journalism, grassroots action, Marcellus shale development and community rights, green building, air quality, health care, more solar power, trees and park stewardship, alternative energy and climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings and discussions (often led by filmmakers) over the winter with Rachel Carson and the Power Of One Voice, Triple Divide on fracking, You've Been Trumped and A Dangerous Game, A Fierce Green Fire, Sustainability Pioneers, films on consumption, Living Downstream, Bidder 70, YERT, Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, and more food (a recurrent theme; with California running out of water, we'd better gear up to produce a lot more of our own!).
Quite a few people have asked me what sorts of food to bring -- and my answer, as always, is whatever inspires you; I believe in the "luck" part of potlucks. Tasty noshings for the afternoon, hearty main dishes or scrumptious salads and sides for dinner, baked goods from biscuits and breads to brownies or baklava -- and/or beverages of any kind: wine, beer, hard or sweet cider (the latter we can mull if you like), juice, tea, whatever. The more the merrier! Local fare is always particularly welcome, whether homegrown or boughten. Dishes containing meat or dairy are fine, though if it isn't really obvious please make a note of it.