Thursday July 15th, 2021
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Grab your beverage and snack of choice and meet the Women in Sustainability & Energy (WISE) series online for the next WISE Media Club, on July 15th from 6:00-7:15pm. (*Note: Space is limited to preserve a participation-based discussion format. Please notify us 24-hours in advance if you will be unable to attend.)

We will be discussing the food-energy-water-waste (FEW2) nexus in relation to sustainable urban systems and mixed-use, next generation infrastructure. We are in a watershed—no pun intended!—moment where our infrastructure has reached the end of its lifespan. The opportunity to reimagine what infrastructure can look like and be, is a once in a generation investment in jobs, health, and resilience. What synergies exist in efforts to reduce waste, improve food and water security, and decarbonize our city? What barriers exist, and how do we dismantle them? We want to hear your thoughts!

BE-Ex staff will kick off the conversation and help to facilitate an interactive discussion among attendees. We look forward to hearing from you– please come prepared to discuss the following items:

1. United Nations UN Water Facts: Water, Food and Energy

This article offers a primer on the intersection of food, energy and water, including wastewater. Water underpins the production of our dominant energy mix, agriculture, the efficiency and health of cities, and food and nutritional security. In order for infrastructure planning to be resilient, it must consider addressing these intersections as the demand for water increases with a growing population.

2. Next Generation Infrastructure: A New Paradigm for Post-Industrial Public Works

Hillary Brown is Professor of Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York (CCNY), Director of the Master of Science in Sustainability in the Urban Environment program, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and was the Founding Director of the New York City Office of Sustainable Design in 1996. In this recent presentation she shares her research exploring reciprocities among urban systems and integrated approaches to infrastructure planning. Brown will be joining us for the last 15 minutes of the Media Club for questions about her work, her career, and, of course, this presentation!

The “WISE Media Club” was developed in March 2020 as a creative way to keep the WISE (Women in Sustainability & Energy) community spirit alive and to facilitate remote interaction during this time of social distancing. This recurring, monthly media club will cover female-developed podcasts, videos, and articles that touch on climate action, the built environment, and new challenges and opportunities created by the COVID pandemic. We’re excited to launch this new platform and look forward to seeing and hearing from the community.

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