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Friday, March 8 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Transformative Community Engagement: The Land Art Generator Initiative and Willimantic

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It is common sense to understand that design and construction of a place is transformational: the outcome changes the world around us. However, not all change creates positive transformation for the community in which the change occurs. In fact, displacement of under-represented populations is an all-to-often outcome of development in our communities. Especially as we imagine the impact that solar and wind energy systems will have on our cities and landscapes, it is important to maintain and expand inclusivity in the design process of these new infrastructures.

Through transformative community engagement, we have the potential to understand our connection to everything around us and this view fundamentally changes our approach to the places we make. Engaging the wisdom and innate intelligence of the local community can create empowerment and responsibility instead of isolation and disconnection. In other words, equitable, sustainable communities are not only about the physical place, but depend upon meaning and connection to something greater than ourselves.

During this session, we will share:
• Introduction of concepts though historical, psychological, and technical models that demonstrate how equity, sustainability, and community empowerment are transformational.
• A case study where this process was engaged with a city and its community through partnering of public, not-for-profit and private organizations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Comprehend how innovations in renewable energy technologies are opening new opportunities for creative expression in the implementation of new energy infrastructures such as community solar; learn ways to apply these new technologies to projects.
2. Learn new methods of community engagement specifically focused on the subjects of empowerment, inclusion, welfare, and reposnsibility for resprentative, place-specific community development and design solutions.
3. Through a series of project examples, understand the capacity for shared land use with clean energy infrastructures including educational and recreational place-making amenities for communities.
4. Evaluate the efficacy of various types of community engagement methods as they pertain to community welfare, economic development, place-making, and the impacts of renewable energy infrastructure in the public realm.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Laura Pirie

Principal, Pirie Associates
Laura Pirie is Principal of Pirie Associates, an award-winning firm known for design that evokes a spiritual-like connection between people, place, and materials. Laura’s work is driven by her passion to empower people to live a full and meaningful life, and she has developed a... Read More →
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Elizabeth Monoian

Founding co-director, Land Art Generator Initiative
Elizabeth Monoian (MFA Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy... Read More →
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Robert Ferry

Co-founder, Land Art Generator Initiative
Robert Ferry is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with two decades of professional practice experience on both consultant and client... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Energy and Conservation
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic