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Truth To Power | Inclusive Sustainability | Carla Walker, Cassia Herron, Carolyn Finney | 11-15-20

Truth To Power | Inclusive Sustainability | Carla Walker, Cassia Herron, Carolyn Finney | 11-15-20

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On this week's program, we bring you one of the most electrifying conversations from the 11/12/20 Louisville Sustainability Summit: “Climate Crossroads: Exploring the intersection of Climate Change and Social Justice.” Today we share with you the Regional Panel on Building an Inclusive Sustainability Movement in Kentucky, featuring: Carla Walker, Climate Advisor, City of Cincinnati; Cassia Herron, Board Chair KFTC; and Dr. Carolyn Finney, author "Black Faces, White Spaces."

Carla Walker is the Climate Advisor for the City of Cincinnati. She has a 15+ year career developing complex projects for large-scale civic engagement and public policy initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels. She has managed or consulted on 100+ advocacy or political campaigns, held Senior staff posts in three urban Mayoral Administrations, staffed State Legislators, and managed regional operations in three Presidential campaigns. In 2010, she started think BIG strategies, LLC to integrate the typical project silos and accomplish project goals for clients, connecting communications, government & community relations, organizational operations, project development, and team building.

Cassia is a native of Richmond, KY and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and public policy activist with over 15 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment and has a unique perspective on these issues as they relate to West Louisville and Kentucky. She has organized farmers markets in West Louisville with Community Farm Alliance and later served as Board Chair. When she worked in the Economic Development Department for Louisville Metro Government, Cassia was instrumental in establishing the Farm-to-Table initiative. As the President of Louisville Association for Community Economics, she is leading efforts to open the Louisville Community Grocery - a community-owned grocery store in one of Louisville's downtown neighborhoods. As Board Chair of Kentuckians for The Commonwealth, she is engaged in energy reform, voter engagement and racial justice issues. Cassia works as a freelance writer and urban planner with expertise in community engagement, facilitation, grant-writing, policy development and strategic planning. Cassia is a graduate of UofL and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing - she pursed an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Along with public speaking, writing, consulting and teaching (at Wellesley College, UC-Berkeley & UK), she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years which assists the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press).

Truth to Power airs every Sun. 4pm, Mon. 2pm & Tue. 9am on Louisville's grassroots, community radio station, Forward Radio 106.5fm WFMP and http://forwardradio.org
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Truth To Power | Inclusive Sustainability | Carla Walker, Cassia Herron, Carolyn Finney | 11-15-20

Truth To Power | Inclusive Sustainability | Carla Walker, Cassia Herron, Carolyn Finney | 11-15-20

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