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U.S. Engagement with Chinese Climate Politics: Progressive Alternatives to Cold War Posturing
MAY 19, 2021 |  12:00-1:30 pm EDT | REGISTER HERE | Full Event Details |
Perry World House, (SC)2, McHarg Center, Population Studies Center

How should US-based Green New Dealers—and other advocates of ambitious climate policy—understand, respond to, and engage with climate politics in other parts of the world? That question is particularly fraught when it comes to Chinese climate politics, especially in the current moment, where a number of political elites in both of the United States’ leading political parties are casting China’s economic rise as a fundamental threat to U.S. interests. We worry especially about the prospect of a new Cold War. How can progressive forces in the U.S. counter the bellicose Cold War rhetoric and mobilization, without reflexively defending all that China does? After all, there is a lot to oppose. How can U.S. based climate movements push a more cooperative relationship with Chinese climate politics? What is the best way for U.S. progressives to push China to decarbonize more rapidly—at home, and in its world-spanning infrastructure projects? What would progress look like? Register here.


A Pan-American Green New Deal? Green Investment, Extraction Battles, and Reforestation
MAY 11, 2021 |  12:00-1:30 pm EDT | REGISTER HERE | Full Event Details | PERRY WORLD HOUSE, (SC)2, and McHarg Center

Is there a possible Pan-American Green New Deal that centers workers and communities, while deconstructing centuries of American imperialism in the region? Any move toward continental climate justice will require policymakers, social movement, researchers, and others in the United States to face a Big Question: How should US-based Green New Dealers—and other advocates of ambitious climate justice action—understand, respond to, and engage with climate politics in other parts of the world? “A Pan-American Green New Deal? Green Investment, Extraction Battles, Reforestation” considers our Big Question in the broad context of climate politics in the Americas. Register here.

Global Climate Justice against Neo-Colonialism: New Concepts and Priorities for Just Cooperation
MAY 3, 2021 |  12:00-1:30 pm EDT | REGISTER HERE | Full Event Details | PERRY WORLD HOUSE, (SC)2, and McHarg Center

How should US-based Green New Dealers—and other advocates of ambitious climate policy—understand, respond to, and engage with climate politics in other parts of the world? This panel, “Global Climate Justice Against Neo-Colonialism: New Concepts and Priorities for Just Cooperation,” considers our Big Question in the broad context of climate politics across the regions of the planetary economy. The panel is also part of a broader series, called Democratizing Global Green Investment: Aligning Domestic and International Policies around Green New Deal Principles, which will also feature discussions focused on Latin American and Chinese climate politics. Further details TBA. Register here.

Green Social Housing at Scale: Lessons from Vienna’s Social Housing on Project Finance, Housing Immigrants, and Climate-Friendly Urbanism
APRIL 13, 12 pm, 2021| VIRTUAL EVENT | Event Page

Vienna has been building social housing for a hundred years. This housing is known for both its architectural innovation and quality, and for the financial sustainability of the model. Any discussion of building green social housing at scale in the United States must learn from the Vienna model. But to learn all the lessons from Vienna’s social housing model, we must dig beneath the surface to uncover what’s most promising—and what isn’t working. How does Vienna currently fund new social housing, and the maintenance of housing that already exists? How is it incorporating climate and sustainability issues into its projects? And how well is it doing in terms of housing immigrants and refugees, who suffer racism and processes of stigmatization in Austria? Register here.

The American Future of Green Social Housing: Lessons from the Bronx’s Via Verde
MARCH 18, 7-8:30 pm, 2021| Co-Organized by Daniel Aldana Cohen and Karen Kubey | VIRTUAL EVENT | Full Event Details

The future of affordable housing must be climate-friendly, and it must provide a model for community living that’s splendid and racially just. How can the lessons of Via Verde, the lauded South Bronx housing development, help shape the future of green social housing in the United States? Via Verde, completed in 2012, was the result of New Housing New York, the city’s first design competition for sustainable below-market housing. Combining 222 affordable rental and home-ownership units, the award-winning project is a prototype for beautiful, green, healthy, anti-racist, and low-carbon housing. Sponsored by the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2, and the Population Studies Center (UPenn); co-sponsored by the Pratt Institute School of Architecture Desegregation Think-Tank; supported by the Pratt Institute Academic Transdisciplinary Initiatives in the Office of the Provost. Register here.

Ecosocialismo: Envisioning Latin America’s Green New Deal

MARCH 4, 7-9 pm, 2021 | VIRTUAL EVENT | Full Event Details

A radical Green New Deal for the Americas calls for thinking beyond U.S. borders. This event brings together scholars and activists from across the Americas to dig into the underlying idea of a Green New Deal—injecting massive public investment into a rapid, democratic green transition—and to share lessons, insights, and proposals from their research and organizing experiences. Their conversation will tackle pressing questions around mobilizing investment in support of climate justice and the underlying principles of a Green New Deal. Register here.

Land Justice Teach-In: Baltimore and Philadelphia

Co-hosted by Philadelphia City Councilmember Kendra Brooks, Towson University, Philly Rent Control Coalition, and Legal Services of Philadelphia
Baltimore and Philadelphia can be thought of as sister cities in terms of racial and socio-economic demographics, housing stock, and regional characteristics. Long histories of residential and racial segregation have created inequities across race/class, access to land, education, and healthy food access. Both cities also have been hubs of Black power movements that envisioned autonomy and grassroots solutions to city-wide forms of apartheid. Philadelphia’s social movements are learning from Baltimore’s model of building green Community Land Trusts to provide healthy, permanently affordable housing while addressing the climate crisis. Social movements addressing issues of Black land reclamation and food sovereignty are exchanging ideas about political education across geographic space.

Latin American Green New Deal

A panel the political economy of energy and green investment in Latin America, featuring Camila Gramkow (ECLAC-Brazil), Tom Perreault (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affaifrs, Syracuse Univ.), and Ruth Santiago (Attorney, Comite Dialogo Ambiental), moderated by Daniel Aldana Cohen (University of Pennsylvania) And The Riofrancos (Providence College). Sponsored by Latin American and Latinx Studies, Sociology, and (SC)2 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Building Racial Justice through a Green New Deal

In this panel, co-sponsored by Penn’s Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative and McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, we heard from Kaniela Ing, the lead organizer of the grassroots network People’s Action’s Green New Deal campaign; Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, a philosopher who is reconceptualizing the links between demands for reparations and for climate justice; and, J. Mijin Cha, a legal scholar and labor activist who has worked on climate justice policy in New York and California. Nikil Saval, a Green New Deal advocate and the Democratic candidate for State Senate in Pennsylvania’s First District, moderated the discussion. Daniel Aldana Cohen and Billy Fleming introduced the panel.

Labor, Racial Justice, and the Road to a Green New Deal

Shortly after the 2018 Midterm elections, the #GreenNewDeal burst onto the national scene and quickly garnered tremendous public and political support. But within months, the AFL-CIO weighed in with criticism of the process and its vision. Thus, the relation between environmentalists and labor unions was revealed in all its longstanding complexity. While the GND promises large employment gains in clean energy and a “just transition,” there is also real jeopardy to existing jobs in fossil fuel industries. More recently, protests against anti-Black racism and police violence have catalyzed resistance and transformed the climate justice movement. This session, with leading national scholar-activists, will explore these issues.

Designing A Green New Deal

Designing a Green New Deal brings together a broad array of voices, placing economists, historians, and designers in conversation with journalists, organizers, elected officials, and other parties engaged in organizing for climate action. This event served as the launch of a broader, Green New Deal and the built environment research initiative in The McHarg Center and the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative (SC2). Organizers: Daniel Aldana Cohen (Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2), Kate Aronoff (Type Media Center), Billy Fleming (Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism + Ecology). Sponsors: Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, The Architecture Lobby, The McHarg Center, SC2, UPenn Populations Studies Center, PennPraxis, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.


Unsettled Spaces Workshop: New Scholarship on the Social and Spatial Dynamics of Climate Change

At this workshop, scholars presented work and thought through the tasks of researching and communicating the entwinement of climate change with other long-standing socio-environmental processes, from colonial and racialized violence to capitalist patterns of economic development.

Workshop: Carbon, Equity, and Prosperity through the Quantitative Lens

Featuring Narismha D. Rao, Director, Decent Living Energy Project

Dr. Narasimha D. Rao’s research examines the relationship between energy systems, human development and climate change.


Structural Drivers of Carbon Emissions: New Research on Domestic Inequality and Time Use

Featuring Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College
Dr. Schor’s research interests include: Consumer society and consumer culture, working hours and lifestyles, environmental degradation, the emergence of a sustainable consumption and production sector.

Socio-Spatial Carbon Collaborative Workshop at University of Pennsylvania

Workshopping data science for carbon footprint analysis at unprecedented spatial resolution.