Retrofitting Suburbia for Equity and Resilience to Climate Change


With all the talk about the importance of cities in the global climate fight, suburban jurisdictions have received relatively less attention. However, in the US suburban residents are responsible for half of our household carbon footprint due to inefficient land use and the resulting transportation and resource use patterns they produce. This session will explore strategies for shifting drivable suburbs to more walkable urban communities and explain how this change supports goals and policies related to resilience, active transportation, and community building. In addition, the speakers will discuss gentrification pressures and the implications strategies have on communities, with the goal of breaking cycles of disinvestment and preventing displacement.  Join this important conversation with thought leaders who are driving the movement and working on the front lines of suburban change today. 

Hosted by AIA Center for Communities by Design.

Learning objectives

  • Explain key challenges suburbs face in the climate transition
  • Explore key principles and priorities to consider and understand a variety of retrofit opportunities and challenges
  • Apply practical lessons learned from experience implementing suburban retrofit projects and their application to similar suburban contexts elsewhere
  • Identify tools to improve equitable outcomes and a community’s social cohesion

This session was recorded live on August 16, 2022.

This course is part of a series

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  • JoAnne Fiebe headshot

    JoAnne Fiebe

    Senior Revitalization Program Manager | Fairfax County Government, Fairfax, VA


    JoAnne Fiebe is a Revitalization Program Manager and urban designer based in Fairfax County, VA....
  • June Williamson headshot

    June Williamson

    RA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

    Professor | City College of New York, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture 

    June Williamson, RA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is a Professor at the City College of New York’s Bernard...