On the third Thursday of each month, Cristina Herrera hosts a stimulating webinar on a leading workplace topic. Members receive an invitation in advance and a link to recordings following the webinar.
March: Co-Creating Sustainable Villages that Build Systemic Empowerment & Re-Imagine Real Estate
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Hosted by Cristina Herrera
Work, eat, live, learn and play. These are terms we so often hear and talk about when we are developing great workplaces and workplace strategies. Often, we are looking at these elements through the lens of productivity, but what if we are limiting ourselves? What if we looked through the lens of the wider community and of social equity?
The vision of an eco-village came from a personal mission to bridge the gap that exists between rich and poor, the informed and the untaught, the entrepreneur and the everyday citizen. The Bridge is a project that focuses on cooperation, collaboration, and community in everything it does. From the way we build to the way we work, eat, live, learn and play. With inspiration from Milton S. Hershey, Nipsey Hussle, and Charles Mully, Garry Gilliam Founder of The Bridge found a way to better society through the built environment.
Join us for a fireside chat with Garry Gilliam, former NFL athlete and founder of The Bridge, Kristen Fulmer, Founder of Recipric and Chief Sustainability Officer for The Bridge, and Benedict Dubbs, head of Murray Associates Architects and Senior VP of Architecture at The Bridge.
Garry Gilliam, former NFL athlete and founder of The Bridge, a new project of developing “eco-villages” designed to revitalize inner-city communities nationwide. The Bridge acquires abandoned properties such as shopping centers, malls, and schools and is a completely sustainable mixed-use “eco-village” with housing, retail, co-working, urban agriculture, education center, and entertainment. The Bridge just broke ground on its inaugural location in Harrisburg, PA, and has an aggressive national expansion plan to cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, Newark Detroit and Seattle.
Garry prides himself in his hunger for knowledge and love for giving back to his community. Having attended the Milton Hershey School and graduated from Penn State with multiple degrees (Business Development, Advertising and Psychology) he has always shared a love for bettering our society as a whole. His five seasons spent playing in the National Football League with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers allowed him to build strong connections both on and off the field.
Kristen Fulmer is a sustainability expert, focused on maximizing performance and promoting occupant health and wellbeing within the built environment. In 2019, Kristen founded Recipric, a partner to sports organizations seeking support to visualize their sustainability strategy (their largest client is Major League Baseball- working with them to bring their sustainability practices to match the UN’s sustainability goals) develop objectives, and connect with experts to enact positive change. Prior, Kristen led Sustainability Advisory for WeWork’s Global Sustainability Team, where she facilitated sustainability services between WeWork and Fortune 100 Enterprise members.
Kristen holds an MS in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas’ School of Architecture and a BS in Public & Urban Environmental Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture. Kristen is a LEED AP O+M, ID+C, ND; a WELL AP; a Fitwel Ambassador; a TRUE Advisor; and an EcoDistricts AP.
In addition to Recipric, Kristen is also the Chief Sustainability Officer for The Bridge, a sustainable development company founded by NFL athlete, Garry Gilliam. The Bridge seeks to eliminate systematic oppression by revitalizing inner-cities nationwide through sustainable “eco-villages.” The Bridge has an aggressive expansion plan to be in eight cities including Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Birmingham, Phoenix, and Houston by 2025. Kristen also sits as a strategic advisor to EcoAthletes, inspiring athletes to use their voices and platforms to raise awareness on climate change.
Benedict H. Dubbs, AIA, LEED AP leads Murray Associates Architect, P. C. with over 30 years experience. He joined the firm in 1984 and has been a Principal since 2000. Benedict is involved in most project phases, with a particular focus on programming, planning, and sustainable design. Benedict has a varied client base and specializes in the Corporate and Education Sectors. A graduate of Millersville University, with a degree in Industrial Arts, he also received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Benedict has served as an adjunct professor in HACC’s Architecture Department for 9 years; was a former trustee for Harrisburg Academy and a recent member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors. Benedict is currently a member of the Corporate Affiliate Working Group for the Association of Independent College and University Association (AICUP), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Philadelphia Chapter, Green Building United, and Preservation Pennsylvania.
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