'Green Living' Seminar at MCLA to Discuss Smart Development


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The spring 2013 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will continue on Thursday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Sullivan Lounge with a lecture on "The Environmental Argument for Smart Development."

This lecture will be presented by Lee Sobel, a real estate development and finance analyst at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Jon Ford, founding principal at Morris Beacon Design of Providence, R.I.

Sobel will present an overview of the EPA's "Business Case for Smart Growth," including a comparison of design, demographics, marketing, price premiums, and additional factors for Smart Growth verses "conventional" development patterns.

Ford will present the comparative infrastructure cost study completed as part of the EPA's "Business Case," and will outline the connections between smart growth infrastructure efficiencies and watershed health.

The presentation also will include an unveiling of Morris Beacon Design's updated comparative infrastructure study, tailored to New England's current economic development climate.

The public is invited to attend this free series, "Place-Based Prosperity." The aim of the series is to inform both students and community members about creative ways that reducing our environmental impact can be linked with enhancing local financial resilience and the vitality of cities and towns in our region.

The series will continue on Thursdays through April 25th. For more information, go to greenliving or contact Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.  

The 2013 Green Living Seminar series received assistance from Imagining North Adams and is a presentation of MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.