This event is FREE, but we ask that you register in advance here.

All events will take place at Temple University in the Women’s Studies Lounge (Anderson 821) EXCEPT the keynote, which will take place in 21 Gladfelter Hall (first floor).

Anderson Hall is building #3. Gladfelter Hall is building #26 on this campus map. They are located across from each other.


Research Presentations, Session I: Urbanization in a changing environmental and economic climate

Name Affiliation Title of talk
Leslie Reeder-Myers Temple University, Anthropology Ancient Sites and Modern Cities: Using Archaeology to Plan for Climate Change in Urban Estuaries
Daniel Cohen University of Pennsylvania, Sociology Follow the Carbon: Housing movements and the politics of climate change
Yoonhee Jung Temple University, Geography and Urban Studies Urban sustainability in transformation: A case study of Seoul
Craig Borowiak Haverford College, Political Science Mapping the Fault Lines:
Race and Class in Philadelphias Solidarity Economy and Garden movements
Alan Wiig University of Massachusetts, Boston Urban Planning and Community Development Free zones and the future of urban revitalization across the North Atlantic

Research presentations session II: Social and ecological dimensions of urban greening

Hamil Pearsall & Christina Rosan Temple University, Geography & Urban Studies Growing a sustainable city? The question of urban agriculture
Patrick Hurley Ursinus College, Department of Environmental Studies Foraging in Cities and Suburbs: Harvesting the Culturally and Economically Important Material Benefits of Urban Forests
Jocelyn Behm Temple University,
Center for Biodiversity
Using the currency of ecosystem services to quantify the sustainability of the local food system in Philadelphia, PA
John-Henry Pitas and Mariya Shcheglovitova University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems Sustaining the past: trash burning and tree planting in Baltimore, Maryland
Antonio Raciti University of Massachusetts, Boston Urban Planning and Community Development From ecosystem services to ecological devices: the story of a community-university partnership in the Simeto River Valley (Sicily, Italy)
12:30pm-1:30pm: Keynote 

12:30-12:35: Welcome, Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Chair of the Geography and Urban Studies Department

Isabelle Anguelovski (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), “Urban greening in the global North and South: Green cities for all or enclaves of environmental privilege?”

1:30pm-2pm: Lunch
2pm-3:20pm: Panel discussion: The Future of the Just, Equitable, and Green City

Moderator: Hamil Pearsall (Temple University, Geography and Urban Studies)


  1. Yuki Kato (Georgetown University, Department of Sociology)
  2. Lindsay Naylor (University of Delaware, Department of Geography)
  3. Leah Schinasi (Drexel University, Environmental and Occupational Health and Urban Health Collaborative)
  4. Tina Rosan (Temple University, Geography and Urban Studies)
  5. Jessica Miller (Montclair State University, Department of Earth and Environmental Studies)
  6. Jeremy Mennis (Temple University, Geography & Urban Studies)
  7. Jordan Howell (Rowan University, Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability)

Coffee & open discussion session on future research directions, collaborations, and networks