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December Biophilia: Pittsburgh Meeting

The guest speaker this evening will be Eva-Maria Simms, Ph.D., psychology department professor and director of psychology graduate studies at Duquesne University, who will introduce the evening's topic, “The Invisibility of Nature: Garbage and Play-Forts in Urban Nature Spaces.”

The meeting will be held at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plate food and a happy-hour cash bar, a discipline or behavior will be identified and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.

Directions and Parking: This meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.

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  • Phipps C.

    Eva-Maria Simms has generously made her presentation slides available as a PDF. Enjoy!

    January 28, 2014

  • lou


    December 6, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Alan, I salute you! And everyone who cuts back on their car use. I've been car-free since 2010. But I understand it's not feasible for everyone. I live and work in the city. My employer pays for a good bit of my monthly PAT pass, and I'm a member of Zipcar. Those living in the suburbs or farther out, don't have as many options. And as for carpooling, in a word, I think many drive because it's more convenient (usually faster and on your own schedule, not someone else's). Even astronomic gas prices don't change this behavior much. And there's also the entrenched mindset of cars = independence = American way. IMO in addition to cutting way back on our use of fossil fuels, it's probably more beneficial in the long-term to support the development of alternative fuels and technologies (hybrid and electric cars).

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • Alan K.

      Hey Stephanie Thanks for the feedback. Yea the people in the suburbs are totally stuck on their cars. Thank God I was lucky enough to stumble into Pt Breeze where I found a place to live. I can walk to Regent Square, East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, and Shadyside. And take a bus to just about anywhere. I wanted to start putting my bike on the bus bike racks but someone recently stole my bike in Shadyside! I know a guy who has two new electric bikes for sale and I think I will buy one so I can zip around town. Meanwhile I will look for a regular bike so I can get some exercise. PGH has a totally awesome bike trail system - maybe the best in the country.

      1 · December 2, 2013

    • Arlene

      Check out Construction Junction - the back of their building is loaded with bikes and bike parts. You can work on yours there, too, free. They even have free parts and often people there to help you troubleshoot - all volunteer. It's a gem of a place!

      1 · December 4, 2013

  • Alan K.

    Out of respect for the environment and to rattle the chains of the monstrous oil companies I recently stopped driving my car totally. Instead of driving cars why don't more of us take public transportation (the bus)? or at least carpool...

    1 · December 2, 2013

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