Greening Greensboro: How the Sustainable Cities Movement Can Make Our City and Region More Liveable

Greening Greensboro: How the Sustainable Cities Movement Can Make Our City and Region More Liveable

January 10, 2018

Our Keynote Speaker

David Owen

David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. Before joiningThe New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and, prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his most recent, “Green Metropolis.” Follow the link above for a more detailed biography.

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Our Panel

Robin Abrams

Robin Abrams is a registered architect specializing in inner city revitalization, housing, and urban design. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a licensed member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She earned a degree in Urban Studies from Northwestern University, a Masters in Community & Regional Planning and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Landscape from the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Abrams has worked in the field of urban design in Austin, Texas, since 1979. During that time, she has produced over thirty master plans. In addition to work in the U.S., Dr. Abrams has consulted on projects in Mexico, Japan, and England.

Simon Atkinson

Simon Atkinson is the Hogg Centennial Professor in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as professor of architecture at NC State. He is active as an urban consultant, currently, as the contracted consultant to Capital Metro Transit Authority in charge of design proposals for a light rail system for Austin, Texas. Professor Atkinson acts as an advisor regarding sustainable forms of new development in developing regions, recently, in the rebuilding of the City of San Salvador in El Salvador. In addition, Atkinson is the North American Editor of the refereed journal, Urban Design International, Chapman and Hall.

Stan Faeth

UNCG Department of Biology

Stanley Faeth is professor in the Biology Department at UNCG, where he also serves as department head. Dr. Faeth’s research focuses on terrestrial and urban ecology. His research group studies how urbanization influences arthropod diversity and how trophic structure of plant-herbivore-natural enemy communities changes in human-dominated environments. They use observational and experimental methods to determine the underlying causes for changing in biological populations and communities in an urbanizing world.

Robbie Perkins

Mayor of Greensboro

Robbie Perkins was elected mayor of Greensboro in November 2011, after serving on the city council for much of the last two decades. He has been a commercial real estate broker in the Triad for over thirty years. Mayor Perkins received his AB and MBA degrees from Duke University.


Departmental Readings

The Department of Geography will select three readings that all students in our 300+ level courses will read during the spring semester in anticipation of the panel and invited talk. We invite you to read along with us.

The first is a book written by our guest speaker, and on which the discussion will be based:

David Owen, Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability (New York, Ny.: Riverhead Books, 2009).

Website: The Atlantic Cities


University News Article

The sustainability challenges that Greensboro faces as a city will be examined on Tuesday, March 20, when UNCG’s Harriet Elliott Lecture Series focuses on “Greening Greensboro: How the Sustainable Cities Movement Can Make Our City and Region More Livable.”

Keynote speaker for the event will be David Owen, author of “Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability.” Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins will serve on the event’s afternoon panel discussion.

Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and, prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s. Owen, who is author of more than a dozen books, will speak and answer questions from 7-9 p.m. in Mead Auditorium (Room 101) of the Sullivan Science Building.

“I am pretty sure that not everyone in the Triad will agree with David Owen, since he’s basically saying that the path to sustainability is living in very dense cities,” said Dr. Corey Johnson, assistant professor of geographyand coordinator of this year’s Elliott Lectures. “He’s also pretty harsh on the modern environmental movement with its focus on open spaces, compost bins, and sourcing everything locally.

“But these are precisely the conversations we need to be having. That’s why we are inviting the panel of experts on urban sustainability to address some of the ideas that David put forward in his book. I think it will be a really thought-provoking set of events at UNCG.”

The panel discussion, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium, is drawing experts from the fields of sustainability science, design, and policy to answer the question:“How do we move towards a ‘greener’ future in Greensboro and beyond?” A reception will follow.

The panel will be moderated by Johnson. Panelists include:

  • Mayor Perkins was elected mayor in November 2011, after serving on the City Council for much of the last two decades. He has been a commercial real estate broker in the Triad for over 30 years.
  • Robin Abrams is a registered architect specializing in inner city revitalization, housing, and urban design. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a licensed member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Abrams has worked in the field of urban design in Austin, Texas, since 1979 and has produced over 30 master plans. In addition to work in the U.S., Abrams has consulted on projects in Mexico, Japan, and England.
  • Simon Atkinson is a professor of architecture at N.C. State University as well as the Hogg Centennial Professor in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an urban consultant, currently working with the Capital Metro Transit Authority on a light rail system for Austin, Texas. Atkinson also is as an advisor for sustainable forms of new development in developing regions, most recently in rebuilding of the city of San Salvador in El Salvador.
  • Stanley Faeth is professor and head in the UNCG Department of Biology. Faeth’s research focuses on terrestrial and urban ecology. His research group studies how urbanization influences arthropod diversity and how trophic structure of plant-herbivore-natural enemy communities changes in human-dominated environments.

The lecture series is named for Harriet Wiseman Elliott, a pioneer in the women’s rights movement and the namesake of Elliott University Center. She taught political science from 1913 until 1935 and served as dean of women from 1935 until her death in 1947. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called her to Washington in 1940 to serve on the National Advisory Defense Commission.

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