Annual Community Celebration

Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
Location: CANVAS at The Refinery, 612 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
Street, lot and garage parking only.  View map of parking options near the event location.  Please consider alternate transportation and ride-sharing.  


Enjoy an afternoon of community and conversation with Austin's leaders in health, place, and environmental equity. Austin Energy Green Building is sponsoring Austin Community Design & Development Center to host this year's forum of four luminaries discussing community engagement, sustainable development and public health. Help us envision new pathways forward. Celebrate our collaborations and achievements.

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3:00 - 4:30pm    Equity & Resilience Forum
4:30 - 6:30pm    AEGB Community Celebration – networking, recognition, refreshments


Barbara Brown Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Dr. Brown is the author of Resilience for All: Striving for Equity through Community-Driven Design (Island Press: 2018). Her research is often change-oriented, meaning she collaborates with community partners to identify opportunities for engaged and integrated sustainable community development that creates knowledge to serve both local and educational communities.

Mark Rogers, PhD, Executive Director, Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

The Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation and ACDDC are in the final stages of completing a report identifying Right to Remain strategies for the Montopolis Neighborhood. The report is the result of a 10 month research and engagement process where residents identified the primary challenges they face to remaining in their community and the critical actions that will not only help them stay, but that will help the entire neighborhood thrive.

Lourdes Rodriguez, DrPH, Director, Dell Medical School Center for Place-Based Initiatives & Planet Texas 2050

ACDDC is currently working with the Planet Texas 2050 team to explore the formation of a Community Resource Center model that provides a solutions-driven space to bridge the gap between resident-identified community needs and the resources available that can address them. The center will provide a connecting space where community members, infrastructure managers, researchers, and public and private institutions can co-create targeted action plans and services that directly address community-identified needs. The Center relies first and foremost on the knowledge, experiences, and grievances of the community it serves. The experiences and concerns of community leaders and neighbors constitute the starting point for any work conducted through the center.

Amy Belaire, PhD, Austin Urban Conservation Scientist & Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

ACDDC and The Nature Conservancy is working alongside the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability and a neighborhood-based organization called Public Green & Wild to conduct a community visioning process for transforming vacant flood buyout properties along Williamson Creek in the South Manchaca neighborhood into a cultural greenbelt that better connects residents to the creek and surrounding neighborhood amenities. The Williamson Creek Cultural Greenbelt is an arts-based place-making initiative that leverages the power of the arts in bringing communities together to create a shared vision. The initiative grew from neighborhood residents who have long known the creek’s potential as a community asset and have first-hand experience of the challenges of living near its expanding floodplain.


Our annual forum and celebration is open to all and is a free event. RSVP is encouraged. The forum is approved for one hour AIA Learning Units and GBCI CE Hours for LEED professionals. Certificates of Completion are provided for self-reporting.

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