Washington University hosts conference in November on sustainable urban future

 The Washington University Office of Sustainability is hosting its first-ever conference this fall to explore innovative ideas and strategies that advance a sustainable urban future. For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. The conference is FREE and open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.

The conference features a kick-off lecture by Bill McKibben, one of America’s best known environmentalists and a bestselling author who has written books shaping public perception–and public action–on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies.

Friday’s Land Lab Competition builds on public dialogue started by the Open/Closed conferences and the Pruitt Igoe Now and GOOD Ideas for Cities competitions, to seek innovative ideas for St. Louis’s vacant land. Teams will compete for the opportunity to demonstrate their ideas through tangible projects. The kick-off will feature a talk by Ron Sims, the former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The information on the conference is available at: http://sustainablecities.wustl.edu.