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Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining E/quality, Living Within Limits
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

When: Wednesday, May 21, 7-9 p.m. 
Where: Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center (710 SW Jackson St.)
FREE and open to the public | DINNER WILL BE SERVED

Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, will outline "just sustainabilities," arguing that integrating social needs and welfare offers us a more "just," rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face.

He will define just sustainabilities as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’ He will then look at examples of just sustainabilities in practice in the real world focusing on ideas about ‘fair shares’ resource distribution globally; planning for intercultural cities; achieving well-being and happiness; the potential in the new sharing economy; and finally the concept of ‘spatial justice’ and how it complements the more established concept of social justice.

Hosted by PSU's Planning Club, Graduate Students of Color, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and TREC.

Learn more about Dr. Agyeman at