Site visits of Old Goucher and Broadway East followed by a panel discussion with researchers and community members on climate resilience

Date: Friday, Oct. 6
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Location: Mason Hall, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, and 1615 E North Avenue in the parking lot adjacent to the Blacks in Wax Museum

Note: There will be two pickup spots. One at Mason Hall, 3101 Wyman Park Drive and an additional pickup spot at 1615 E North Ave in the parking lot adjacent to the Blacks in Wax Museum.

Learn about the new Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative (BSEC) research initiative, implementing the most meaningful urban environmental measurement and modeling system in the world in collaboration with communities. You are invited to site visits in two of Baltimore’s Justice 40 neighborhoods: Broadway East and Old Goucher. Both neighborhoods are community partners within the Johns Hopkins/Morgan State-led BSEC. Following the site visits, we will hold a panel discussion consisting of Johns Hopkins and Morgan State BSEC faculty researchers and community members in East Baltimore at the Marriott hotel on the Hopkins medical campus. We will be talking about research being conducted and how it can help improve climate resiliency in the neighborhoods around the JHU campuses.

The 25 minute tour of Old Goucher will highlight community interventions along Maryland Avenue and on 23rd and 24th Streets. JHU faculty will highlight a weather station installed in the neighborhood and explain how BSEC is monitoring an area where substantial greening has occurred over the last decade. An Old Goucher community member will explain how creating a green, walkable neighborhood supports the goals of creating a vibrant economic corridor that is safe, diverse, and inclusive. 

Participants will then board travel less than ten minutes to Broadway and North, where a discussion of the Broadway East Greenprint will commence. This 25 minute tour will highlight flooding and heat stress issues facing the community. A Broadway East community member will discuss the initial outreach to JHU for a study because of the challenges facing youth and seniors. 

Participants will then travel down Broadway to the Marriott hotel near the JHU medical campus. There, in one of the conference rooms, a small panel discussion with members of the JHU and Morgan State BSEC faculty will discuss origins of BSEC, its goals, and the nature of the collaboration between JHU and MSU. This panel will last no longer than 40 minutes, including questions. Light fare and refreshments will be served. 

This event is hosted in accompaniment with the release of the university’s Draft Climate Action and Sustainability Plan, outlining JHU’s vision for a healthy, just, and sustainable future. Visit the JHU Sustainability website to read the Plan and provide your feedback, or learn more about other upcoming events and town halls.

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