Housing and Community Development Fellow
Master’s Candidate, Public and Nonprofit Administration
University of Memphis
Community Development Council of Greater Memphis (CD Council)
A great event that I was able to attend as an HCD Fellow at the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis was Sustainability Day hosted at Baptist College of Health Sciences. I represented on the behalf of Livable Memphis, which is a program of CD Council that supports the development and redevelopment of healthy, vibrant, and economically sustainable communities in Shelby County. A couple of years ago, Baptist College implemented a campus sustainability plan with education as well as action. According to Baptist, the college realizes that sustainability is more than just “going green”, but more so a call to action where goals are accomplished by meeting present needs without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs. Some sustainable related activities that the college has done within the past couple of years are as follows: saved around $30,000 in 2012 through energy and fuel conservation, reduced paper utilization, processing costs for student printing, and refunding and document publishing.
Sustainability Day was hosted at the college on October 24th, 2014. This event presented the opportunity where I could spread the word about Livable Memphis and how the organizations plays a vital role in the Memphis community. This event allowed me to connect with other organizations as well as companies whose purposes and visions align with Livable Memphis. Therefore, this event was a great way to network and learn about other organizations within the community who focus on sustainability. Some of the organizations/companies that were in attendance were BioWorks, Memphis City Beautiful, MLGW, and the Mid- South Regional Greenprint.
This event was not only beneficial to the groups who were there representing their organizations, but also the students. On the one hand, Livable Memphis benefited from this event to inform more people about who we are, what we do, and how to get them involved in the organization. On the other hand, students and faculty were presented with information that should have enhanced their knowledge about sustainability, Livable Memphis and other organizations, as well as the opportunity to be a part of our movement of making the community of Memphis more sustainable.