The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Green will take place on April 26th-28th in Denver, Colorado, U.S. It is no secret that Denver and the Front Range in Colorado are experiencing rapid growth and that neighborhoods are gentrifying faster than ever before. While the community is obviously invested in continuing rapid growth of the built environment, USGBC Colorado also recognizes the importance in involving all community members in the development process. At Rocky Mountain Green this year, we are looking forward to addressing gentrification and community development and hearing from an expert on how to incorporate opinions from every level of the community, not just the developers. Building tours and community service opportunities will also be offered at the conference.
USGBC Colorado is thrilled to announce Dr. Antwi Akom as the opening plenary speaker. Akom is an urban technologist with an extensive background in collaborative, community-facing technology projects, designing for the public good and developing new models of urban innovation in the 21st century that make cities and schools smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable.
In addition, he is the founding director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab—the first joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Akom is also co-founder of the Oakland, California-based Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), which builds revolutionary technology platforms that connect everyday people to urban design and planning processes.