This has been a year of crisis, but also one of hope. A global pandemic, widespread economic disruption, and a long-overdue reckoning with the enduring legacy of racism in the United States are all taking place against the backdrop of an ongoing climate crisis. At the same time, unprecedented numbers of people are rising to the challenge, organizing themselves to call for investments in education, public health, and affordable housing, and launching grassroots initiatives to strengthen their communities and build a more sustainable world.

In light of all this, GBBN invites you to begin 2021 with a discussion of the question: “How do we build the more just, more sustainable world to which we aspire?”

On Wednesday, January 13th (1-4:00 pm EST) and Thursday, January 14th  (1-5:30 pm EST), GBBN’s Design Issues Series will host a series of panel discussions, convening grassroots leaders from community organizations, city sustainability officials, and mission-driven developers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh to discuss how we can work together to build an environment that nourishes everyone.

AIA Past President William J. Bates will join Cincinnati Ohio Mayor John Cranley, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mayor William Peduto, and  Dr. Leslie Marshall, Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Business for the Mayoral Panel on the Marshall Plan for Middle America from 4-5:30 on Thursday, January 14.

Please register for each panel here.