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How Visions of Carbon Neutrality Can Address Equity and (In)Justice

This lecture will focus on participatory research related to building a circular economy in New York State with the Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) network. It will include the presentation of a framework for equity and justice developed for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. The lecture will include work with the Cornell University Research-to-Action Youth organization, which trains youth as researchers to use Photovoice techniques and address policy-makers with various media including the creation of a zine to work toward change in their communities.


Jenni Minner, Ph.D., is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Minner directs the Just Places Lab, a transdisciplinary platform for research and creative action centered on community memory, imagination, and the just care of places. She teaches and conducts research related to land use and spatial planning; methods of planning for more just, sustainable, and circular cities; and historic preservation planning.

Minner serves on the Expert Advisory Committee to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She is one of the founders of the Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) network, which works to promote a sustainable built environment throughout New York State. She is the faculty advisor and an instructor for the Cornell University Research-to-Action Youth organization, a student organization that teaches high school students to conduct research and communicate with policy-makers to enact change in their communities. Minner’s research involves a variety of methods and media: from participatory research and collaborative writing; to mapping, spatial analysis, and scenario planning to understand and envision urban change; to the creation of exhibitions, tours, and curricula related to the built environment; to examining reflections of the city in art and film.

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