MCLA 'Green Living' Seminar to Focus on Downtown Revitalization


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The spring 2013 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will continue on Thursday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 with a lecture titled "Revitalizing Downtown."

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be presented by Russell Preston, design director at Principle Group, and by Cindy Delpapa and Lauren Stevens of Hoosic River Revival (HRR).

Preston has worked as a developer since 1999 on a variety of public and private projects throughout the United States. Through his practice, Preston seeks to understand how design can improve our built and natural environments. He is fascinated by placed that inspire us, possess truly authentic character, and stand the test of time.

Preston is an award-winning designer and is recognized as a national leader in urban real estate development. Most recently, his vision plan for Kennedy Plaza in Providence, R.I., was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant.

The goal of HRR is to reconnect the Hoosic River to the City of North Adams, to make it an attribute for recreation, economic development and community building, while simultaneously maintaining and improving flood control. An engineering firm hired by HRR recently completed an "Options Assessment" with ideas to enhance the two-and-a-half miles of river and the downtown area immediately adjacent to the river. This report will be discussed with the public in HRR's second "Community Conversation" in June.

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 Dr. Elena Traister, (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.