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Democratizing the Green City: Sustainability and the Affordable Housing Crisis (Santa Cruz, CA)

February 17, 2017 ▪ 5:00 pm - February 18, 2017 ▪ 6:30 pm

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Karen Chapple, Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; Director, Urban Displacement Project

Urban Displacement and the Sustainable City: Lessons for Housing Production and Preservation
Friday Feb 17, 5:00-7:00 pm , DARC 108, UC Santa Cruz


Saturday, Feb 18, 9:30 am-6:30 pm
Red Room of Rachel Carson College, UC Santa Cruz


Miriam Greenberg and Hillary Angelo, UCSC Sociology
Urban Democracy Lab/Democratizing the Green City NYC (NYU)
Critical Sustainabilities Project (UCSC)

This conference examines a paradox: urban sustainability initiatives that are so vital in countering climate change can, through their improvements, contribute to driving up rents and driving out residents, and in the process, exacerbate sprawl, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change itself. Our speakers examine this growing link between environmental improvement and social displacement and ask: How is it possible to break this link? What would it mean to include affordable housing and equity within sustainability efforts?  And what are the consequences—socially and ecologically—if we don’t?

 We begin with a focus on the housing crisis that is transforming our own state and region. Renowned for greening and sustainability initiatives—from transit-oriented development to locavore food sheds to green building—California is also home to the most unaffordable housing markets in the country, including Santa Cruz. Thus greening interacts with gentrification and increased consumption, declining diversity and rising inequality, displacement and longer commutes, and multiple environmental health and ecosystem impacts, including habitat fragmentation, loss of groundwater, and increased carbon footprints.  Our region, however, is not alone. We bring together a new generation of scholars, planners, and activists addressing ‘the housing question’ across the Americas —in Mexico City and New York, Seattle and Medellin, Sao Paulo and Oakland— as well as emerging strategies for democratizing the green city.  

Confirmed Participants

Hillary Angelo, University of California, Santa Cruz
Gianpaolo Baiocchi, New York University and Urban Democracy Lab
Joan Byron, Pratt Institute and Neighborhoods First Fund
Karen Chapple, University of California Berkeley and Urban Displacement Project
Melissa Checker, City University of New York (Queens College)
Daniel Aldana Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Lindsey Dillon, University of California, Santa Cruz
Gordon Douglas, San Jose State and the Institute for Public Knowledge
Miriam Greenberg, University of California, Santa Cruz
Sarah Knuth, University of Michigan
Claudia Lopez, University of California, Santa Cruz
Oscar Sosa Lopez, University of Georgia
Steve McKay, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dawn Phillips, Causa Justa:: Just Cause and National Director, U.S. Right to the City Alliance
Jennifer L. Rice, University of Georgia
Julie Sze, University of California, Davis
David Wachsmuth, McGill University
Camilo Sol Zamora, Causa Justa:: Just Cause, Housing Rights Campaign


Urban Democracy Lab
The UCSC Sustainability Office
Rachel Carson College

UCSC Sociology Department
The Center for Science & Justice


Full details at democratizing-the-green-city.sites.ucsc.edu

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February 17, 2017 ▪ 5:00 pm
February 18, 2017 ▪ 6:30 pm
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Urban Democracy Lab (NYU) and Critical Sustainabilities Project (UCSC)


UC Santa Cruz
University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA United States
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