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Greening Cities from Plan to Practice

April 6, 2022

When working to make our cities more sustainable and climate resilient, how do we ensure our plans are equitable and engage those who deserve a voice? How do we make sure we're on the right track to achieve our goals? Using Green Worcester as a springboard for conversation, this fishbowl discussion looks at the environmental planning process and what happens when competing ethical interests come into play.


  • John Fernández, professor of architecture and director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative at Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  • Karin Valentine Goins, program director of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School and a public health activist who co-founded WalkBike Worcester and served as a member of the Green Worcester Working Group;
  • John Odell '88, chief sustainability & resilience officer for the City of Worcester and an author of the Green Worcester Plan.

Moderated by Thomas M. Landy, director of the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture. Co-sponsored by the McFarland Center and the Office of Sustainability.