Spreading the IY2017

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To participate in the UN’s 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, we at California Institute of Environmental Design & Management (CIEDM) have planned and prepared to actively engage educational campaigns for spreading the IY2017 messages in college classes, professional seminars & workshops. The first such a session was taken place at an international training program held by California State University – Long Beach on 9 &10 January 2017. As the program’s faculty member, I’ve given lectures and mobile workshops to a travel-study group made of 5 faculty members & 4 students from School of Civil Engineering, Architecture & Environment, Hubei University of Technology (HBUT) where I’ve been serving as a Visiting Professor for the Chinese university since 2015 and met 3 of the 5 faculty in this tourist group in the past during my visit.
My lecture on Monday January 9 for this tour group is on the subject of “Green Landscape Architecture & Planning Beyond Paris” with a focus on carbon capture design & development of green urban landscaping for sustainable & resilient development. The lecture started with an introduction of the significance and objectives of IY2017 in the era of global efforts to implement the Paris Accords. For the mobile workshops on Tuesday January 10, in the morning session I guided the travel-study group to visit several redevelopment projects in downtown Los Angeles that were developed based on principles of Green Urbanism. They include new and historic buildings, infrastructure, parks & open spaces that I participated in design & development when I served as a project planner for the Downtown Region of Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Los Angeles. In the afternoon session I guided them to visit Arcadia EcoHome, a single family residence in City of Arcadia that I designed, built and have occupied. The property is made of a rated green building and a yard that has been certified as a wildlife habitat, pollinator garden, ocean friendly garden and bee friendly farm. My presentations in the 2-day training were well received by the group, and the HBUT faculty members invite me to visit the school again in 2017. At that time I plan to present the IY2017 again to a much broader audience in the HBUT campus.

By Edward Huang

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