8 July. The Future of ATL: Equitable and Sustainable Development Panel


  • 1. Remember to meet at Room 1447, in Klaus, College of Computing at 12:30-1:45 for our Partners Panel in stead of in our regular classroom. Please also be prepared to ask questions.
  • 2. Please take pictures of the panel that you can use in your final Petcha Kutcha Presentation.

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Quarry Park Development Materials 

NPU Initiative ATL 

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Invited Speakers

  • Odetta MacLeish-White, Managing Director, TransFormation Alliance. “The TransFormation Alliance, a collaboration of metro Atlanta organizations that promotes the development of thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit.”
  • Shannon Lee, Urban Conservation Manager, The Conservation Fund, The Conservation Fund takes a unique approach to sustainable community development. Their projects, such as Lindsey Street Park, “protects nature as both an economic and community asset that provides sustenance, open space, jobs, economic opportunities, important cultural ties and much more.”
  • Justine Schwartz, Project Manger, Grove Park Foundation, “The Grove Park Foundation is dedicated to revitalizing the Grove Park neighborhood and improving the quality of life by working with local partners, leaders and residents to create a healthy, equitable and vibrant community.”

Panel Topic: The Future of Atlanta

All disciplines and professions have to be mindful of ways the choices we make now will affect the generations that come after us. Similarly, practitioners in all professions imagine an ideal future and then make decisions based on what they think is the best way to achieve that future. While we have composed creative projects so far this semester, we are excited to learn about ways real-world projects come to be through a blend of visionary planning and practical action.

Some questions to ask our speakers:

  • 1. What is your ideal vision for the future of your project? Say you had all the resources and support you needed, what would Atlanta’s green spaces or transportation networks look like in 5-10 years? What are the most important factors to ensure sustainable housing as ATL develops? What would you like to see Atlanta look like in 50 or 100 years?
  • 2. How do your visions for the future of Atlanta’s people, neighborhoods, ecosystems, and social/cultural networks shape the choices you make now?
  • 3. How can students become involved (and stay involved) with sustainability projects in their communities? Or, as these students go on to design new energy technology, build complex structural systems, and cure diseases, how can they remain mindful of how their choices shape the future for a web of stakeholders?


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