Friday, October 19, 2018

UIS Speaker Series explores building green communities within Chicago’s inner city

Naomi Davis
WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and UIS Sustainability Committee present “Blacks in Green: Principles of Green Village Building.”

WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2018, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Blacks in Green, a Chicago-based organization, seeks to create self-sustaining and healthy black communities using a whole systems approach that includes fostering green villages.

Visionary founder Naomi Davis will discuss how she is working on urban systems to build green local economies in black communities.

The vision of her organization is to create walkable, vibrant, villages where people work, live, learn and play. Her approach is a whole-system, combining principles of micro-lending, local renewable energy generation, low-income green housing and green epicenters to build strong urban communities.

Davis, is a Chicago attorney, entrepreneur, activist and granddaughters of Mississippi sharecroppers. She is president and founder of Black in Green. She serves on the boards of the Illinois League of Conservation Voters and Climate Justice Chicago, the steering committees of the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative, Chicago Green Jobs for All and many others.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or in advance.

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