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‘Just Sustainabilities’ lecture with Julian Agyeman of Tufts University on April 10

PITTSBURGH: The Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability is hosting a presentation by Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. This event will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Noon in the Mellon Board Room Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. A light luncheon will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lot off of Murray Hill Avenue. RSVP to Hallie Jensen

In his presentation, Agyeman will first outline the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’. He will argue that integrating social needs and welfare, offers us a more ‘just,’ rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face. He will define it as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’ He will then look at examples of just sustainabilities in practice in the real world focusing on ideas about ‘fair shares’ resource distribution globally; planning for intercultural cities; achieving wellbeing and happiness; the potential in the new sharing economy and finally the concept of ‘spatial justice’ and how it complements the more established concept of social justice.

Julian Agyeman is an environmental social scientist whose expertise and current research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by governmental institutions or social movements, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He is co-founder, and Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. With over 150 publications, his recent books include Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press 2011) Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013) and Incomplete Streets: Processes, practices, and possibilities (Routledge 2014). His forthcoming book (December 2015 MIT Press) is called Sharing Cities: The Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities.

About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. Now fully coed, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students in the fields driving tomorrow’s economy—sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences. Visit