MCLA 'Green Living' Talk to Focus On Urban Development


 NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Spring 2013 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will continue on Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall Room 218, with a lecture titled "Legalizing Main Street."

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be presented by Caleb Racicot, senior principal with the Atlanta, Ga.,  based design firm Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh and Associates (TSW).

Racicot is a native of Pownal, Vt., who moved to Atlanta, Ga., after completing his undergraduate studies at UMASS- Amherst. Since joining TSW in 2001, Racicot has been in charge of public planning efforts ranging from corridor studies to pedestrian and bicycle facilities to area design guidelines. He also has led numerous downtown plans focused on engaging residents, civic leaders, business-owners and other stakeholders to develop realistic, community-based plans and implementation tools.

Racicot is perhaps best known for his work in helping communities shape their future through form-based codes. He has authored almost two dozen such codes, which continue to shape the character of new development in areas as different as downtown Atlanta and the rural crossroads of Blythewood, S.C.

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 25. 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.