Boost Your Community’s Resilience – Karen Lightman, Exec. Director, Metro21 Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon U.

Karen Lightman, Metro 21, Smart Cities Inst., CMU (photo: CMU)

“You have to start with empowering people at the local level…You’ve got to do a combination of bottom up and top down…Everything is interconnected.” Karen Lightman on Green Connections Radio

A community in Pittsburgh was alarmed by the high rate of asthma and related illnesses in their children and cardiovascular diseases in their adults and attributed them to pollutants from the Shenanago Coke Works facility, which baked coal to produce coke used in making steel.  When they were rebuffed by the Allegheny County Health Department and the EPA, they leveraged data to make their case and eventually got the plant shut down. Then? Emergency room visits for asthma and related illnesses decreased 37.6% and those for cardiovascular diseases declined 26.5%

Listen to Joan Michelson’s enlightening interview with Karen Lightman, Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Metro21: Smart Cities Institute. You’ll hear:

And more!

“Build public-private partnerships… (including partnering with universities, because) they are a place of innovation and…diversity…and they often deploy pilot projects using the city as a test bed.” Karen Lightman on Green Connections Radio

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