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Sunday, September 14 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Best Practices of Latino Sustainable Communities in the Americas: Built environment examples In Brasil, Colômbia and Chicago - FREE ADMISSION LIMITED

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Carmen Vidal-Hallett:
Our US American cities are finally starting to focus on pedestrian oriented life as the center of attention for sustainable development. Transforming the car oriented city street landscaping of our cities is a great challenge. More than 10 years ago while working for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development I started to look back into sustainability examples to help the Chicago’s Mayor to develop it’s first “green agenda”.  The mail goal in my research was to find simple, inexpensive solutions that could be adopted immediately and within a short time frame. Latin America’s great examples of sustainable development became the focus of my attention. In 2004,  with a Graham Foundation grant my husband, a photojournalist and I decided to move for a month to Curitiba, Brazil with our 2 kids for a month, in order to research and experience first hand the world wide famous sustainable city. From the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), to land use regulations, recycling methods and environmental education programs, we found numerous low-budget solutions that provided at the same time historic preservation, affordable house and public open space preservation as well as environmental protection that could not only help in Chicago but many cities around the world to became more sustainable.

Since them and after our hard work spreading the word about simple practices Chicago has adopted many of Curitiba’s lessons. My presentation will focus about the lessons learned from Curitiba and the Chicago sustainability examples that have been inspired by this city as well as other Chicago sustainability examples specially in the latino communities  including examples of organizations such as The Resurrection Project  in Little Village and Back of the Yards and Interamerican Magnet School with it’s award winning  2008 Sustainable Master Plan. 


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Carmen Vidal-Hallett

EVD Principal Carmen Vidal-Hallett is a LEED AP, International Associate Member of the AIA, with more than 17 years experience in Chicago-area nonprofit, government and private sector projects. Ms. Vidal-Hallett is trilingual and is a licensed architect in Brazil and Spain with projects in both countries. In Chicago, she partners with qualified consultants to carry out innovative sustainable projects. With foundation support she has completed... Read More →


Sunday September 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am
The Dairy Center for the Arts, East Theater 26th & Walnut Street | Boulder, CO 80302

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