Sharing a Vision: The Art and Science of Prioritizing Community Engagement to Achieve Improved Environmental Justice

26 Sep 2023
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Sharing a Vision: The Art and Science of Prioritizing Community Engagement to Achieve Improved Environmental Justice

Sharing a Vision: The Art and Science of Prioritizing Community Engagement to Achieve Improved Environmental Justice

26 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Donna Laquidara-Carr
    Donna Laquidara-Carr
    Industry Insights Research Director at Dodge Construction Network
    Donna Laquidara-Carr provides editorial direction to the SmartMarket Report Series, covering such diverse topics as World Green Building Trends, Business Value of BIM, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Design and Construction Industry, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings, Building a Safety Culture and Lean Construction. In her role as Research Director, Donna is actively engaged in all aspects of the research process, from survey development to data analysis to authoring reports based on the data. Her insights on these topics have been published in numerous industry publications, and she regularly conducts webinars and speaks about this research at events for diverse organizations, including the AIA National Conference, Greenbuild, CMAA National Convention, AGC National Convention and the Lean Congress. Previously, Donna was responsible for policy and training for the editorial division of the Dodge Reports. Donna has her Ph.D. from Tulane University, M.A. from Boston University and B.A. from Middlebury College.
  • Frank Giblin
    Frank Giblin
    Director, Center for Urban Development at US GSA
    Frank V. Giblin, AICP is the director of GSA’s Center for Urban Development in the Office of the Chief Architect (Washington DC). In furtherance of Federal law, the Center’s Good Neighbor Program assists regional project teams in meeting GSA responsibilities to design, build, and manage Federal properties in ways that meet client needs while also supporting sustainability, community development, and equitable development goals. The Center provides technical expertise, policy guidance, and best practices to GSA leadership and regional offices around the country on a range of community planning issues, from site analysis to landscape and urban design and public use. Frank was a lead author of GSA’s Site Security Design Guide, Achieving Great Federal Public Spaces, and the Project Planning Guide. Previously, Frank was a historic preservation and environmental planner in GSA's regional office in Philadelphia.
  • Chuck Hardy
    Chuck Hardy
    Chief Architect at US General Services Administration
    Chuck Hardy serves the Chief Architect of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service. He is the agency's lead executive in charge of design and workplace strategy efforts supporting design and construction, real estate services, and procurement. He is responsible for research, innovation, and development in the delivery of innovative workplace solutions for the federal government.
  • Andrea M. O'Neal
    Andrea M. O'Neal
    Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Equity at U.S. General Services Administration
    Andrea M. O'Neal is an appointee of the Biden-Harris Administration, serving as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Equity at the U.S. General Services Administration. In this first-ever position for the agency, O'Neal brings 20 years of experience championing the advancement of historically and socially marginalized communities with expertise in institutional equity, racial and economic justice, organizational behavior, and cultural change management. Andrea is a recognized thought leader in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) field with a career spanning global Wall Street, social impact, and advisory services for C-Suite executive teams. In her position at GSA, Andrea leads the agency’s strategy and implementation of the Biden-Harris Administration’s equity-related policy priorities and serves as GSA’s senior designee to several governmentwide forums, including the White House Gender Policy Council, Domestic Policy Council, Federal Chief Diversity Executive Officers Council, and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council.

Key takeaways

- Benchmark their organization's performance against current industry standard practice for projects that address the equity concerns, well-being and environmental priorities of the communities in which they are built.

- Deploy the framework provided by GSA's Good Neighbor Principles on their own projects from planning through design, construction and operation in order to improve social and environmental equity and/or the health of the surrounding community on your projects.

- Learn about the resources that the GSA's Urban Development/Good Neighbor Program make available to enhance community engagement that allow you to address the social equity and environmental priorities of the communities impacted by your projects.

- Identify the biggest obstacles to instituting more community engagement that will help establish social and environmental outcomes for your projects that most closely align with the community priorities, and be provided with clear, actionable direction on the best ways to tackle those obstacles.