Saturday, July 13, 2024
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Making Environmental and Climate Justice Visible: POCACITO Returns!

I am looking forward to again working with the inimitable Max Gruenig to help put together a conference at the end of this month. The one-day event is titled, “A Justice That Sees: Making Environmental and Climate Justice Visible.” POCACITO, the Post Carbon Cities of Tomorrow, is a transatlantic initiative that continues to connect European and American climate praxis through a global community of professionals ranging from community advocates to architects. I participated with a mostly American contingent in the program in 2016 and later hosted European participants in Detroit for an event. The last POCACITO wrapped up, conveniently, in early 2020, and there may well be future contingents, but in the meantime, we’re returning to the scene with an event to talk about climate justice, and we’re soliciting abstracts for presentations!

POCACITO returns to Georgetown University for a climate event on October 27th. This almost looks credibly like Healy Hall. Not quite.

Submissions should be from undergraduate and graduate students at DC area universities, and abstracts should respond to any of the following:

  • What aspect of climate or environmental justice will you make visible?
  • What kind of visual will you create?
  • How is the information or message related to the way it is represented?
  • What is a possible title for your poster? (This can change, but we want you to think how you will relate your concept to a broader audience.)

Please send inquiries and submissions via email to Brendan O’ Donnell at We will see you there!

Nat M. Zorach

Nat M. Zorach, AICP, MBA, is a city planner and energy professional based in Detroit, where he writes about infrastructure, sustainability, tech, and more. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he attended Grinnell College in Iowa, the Kogod School of Business at American University, the POCACITO transatlantic program, the SISE program at the University of Illinois Chicago, and he is also a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow. He enjoys long walks through historic, disinvested Rust Belt neighborhoods at sunset. (Nat's views and opinions are his own and do not represent those of his employer).

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