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Our guest blogger today is Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Director, Philanthropic Research & Initiatives, Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, Policy Development and Research
On July 18-20th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will host a three-day ‘sustainability learning summit’ at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Front and center will be the finalists and winners of the Sustainable Urban Housing Competition: Collaborating for Inclusive and Livable Cities.
Day one will be devoted to helping these finalists to take their projects to the next level. The second day is a series of public panels and an award ceremony. If you’d like to attend, register here. The final day includes a policy exchange panel at HUD…register here. We hope you can join us for these exciting discussions and to honor the innovations that help us define what sustainability and livability are. Use our Twitter hashtag #sustainableamericas to follow along and ask questions during the various sessions.
HUD partnered closely with Ashoka Changemakers, the Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Planning Association and the Brazilian Ministry of Cities to expose policies, practices and products, making our cities more livable and sustainable. For some of our entries this started and ended with the house, but the innovations ranged across the entire sustainability landscape. We will celebrate these finalists and the other 278 entries from around the globe, the lion’s share of which (187) came from Latin America and the Caribbean. There were 50 entries alone from Brazil and 51 from the United States, with one from each of these countries ending up in the winner’s circle. But imagine how many more are out there, ready for the next phase of growth and outreach, ready for the next competition, ready for you, the reader, to interact with in some way.
Our unique public-private partnership that led to the successful Competition is a victory in and of itself as it pertains to breaking down silos, thinking out of the box and innovating intrapreneurially for the government. So we can celebrate. But only a little. The work has really just begun for us as we research and lift up more of these innovations. We are working on further phases of this effort with our partners and looking to expand those partnerships as we bring lessons home to our communities to make them more sustainable, livable and inclusive. Look for our updates and we will look for you on July 19th and 20th to become part of the conversation. (#sustainableamericas, #hud, @HUDusernews, @HUDnews, @ChangemakersPT, @ChangemakersES, @changemakers, @FoundationRock, @ECPAPlanning, @jcreinhardt, @WHAAsstSecty)