Island Press Events


Dana Bourland with Clayton Aldern (livestream): A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crisis

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 6:00pm EDT

American cities are currently faced with a two-pronged challenge: dealing with our climate crisis, and managing the lack of housing that is affordable and healthy. Our housing is not only unhealthy for the planet, green affordable housing expert Dana Bourland believes, but is also putting the physical and financial health of residents at risk, with full time minimum wage workers unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment in any US county. She argues that we need to move away from a so-called gray housing model to a green model, and she joins us in this livestreamed presentation to introduce a primer on what that would look like.

In conversation with Grist’s Clayton Aldern, Bourland endeavors to demonstrate that we do not have to choose between protecting our planet and providing affordable housing to all. Supported by her book Gray to Green Communities: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crisis, she draws from her experience leading the Green Communities Program with a national development organization. With examples from green living communities across the country, she lays out the problems that green housing solves, the challenges in the approach, and recommendations for the future of green affordable housing. Don’t miss this exhilarating discussion that will empower and inspire anyone interested in the future of housing and our planet.

Books are available for purchase from local partner Third Place Books

Coastal Cities: Ground Zero for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

Join the Stimson Center’s Environmental Security Program and Island Press for a roundtable discussion on coastal city resilience and the launch of a new book, A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: United Design, Economics, and Policy. The event will bring together some of the best thinkers and practitioners engaged in building resilient coastal cities both at home and abroad. The conversation will engage the virtual audience and focus on successful approaches to develop comprehensive climate adaptation actions in coastal cities and to direct financial resources to safeguard people, their livelihoods, and to build a more resilient future.

Located at the interface between land and sea, coastal cities are centers of innovation and economic productivity, concentrating large numbers of people and assets. However, they are also at the forefront of climate change. Rising sea levels, increasing storm intensity, and warmer temperatures stress ecosystems upon which millions depend, degrade outdated infrastructure, and upend economic stability.

Climate risks also compound existing pressures. In many cities around the globe, rapid urbanization is outpacing infrastructure development –including housing, waste management, bridges, and roads. These factors also exacerbate social and health inequities. As climate change impacts continue to grow and in a post-COVID environment, governments, businesses, and international financial institutions need to consider climate risk across social, economic and ecological issues to design comprehensive solutions and unlock additional financial resources.

The Pedestrian Safety Crisis in America: Why it's happening and what we can do about it

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

More than 6,000 pedestrians are killed every year on US streets, representing an enormous 50% increase from the first part of the decade. For the Latinx population in particular, walking, biking, and using public transportation are the most affordable mobility options, thus putting the population at a higher risk of pedestrian death. Additionally, there's a lack of Latinx participation in the transportation planning process. The US-Latinx population's unique cultural perspective is needed in community development. Angie Schmitt, author of the new book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Crisis of Pedestrian Deaths in America, will talk about the social trends that are putting people at risk. James Rojas, founder of the Latino Urban Forum, will discuss why it's important to incorporate the Latinx experience into mobility design throughout the built environment.


Book Talk: Food Town, USA

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 7:00pm EDT

Join The American Public Gardens Association as they host a book talk with Mark Winne, author of Food Town, USA. The book looks at local food movements in 7 cities across the US, and how these movements are transforming towns impacted by disappearing industries and decades of inequity. This book reminds us about the power of community and how important food can be in bringing people together. We encourage you to read the book before the talk, but it is not required. 

Members: $15
Non-Members: $30