Gulf Coast Green 2021 Symposium -Virtual

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August 6, 2021

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Theme: Environmental Equity

This year’s conference looks at the important role that environmental equity holds in both the AEC community and the built environment. As members of the AEC community, we have the capability and responsibility to apply our professional skills towards eradicating existing disparity in efficient, resilient, and healthy buildings and spaces.

How does the build environment engage and enhance the community? Minority and lower socio-economic neighborhoods frequently bear the brunt of the impacts of unhealthy, energy inefficient, and disaster vulnerable buildings, and these communities have been historically underserved and displaced through policy and lack of representation. These chronic stressors are amplified in times of disaster, due to their vulnerable locations and fewer resources for recovery. How do we reduce these disparities and create vibrant equitable places for everyone?

Date: August 5 & 6, 2021

Location: Virtual

Tours: In-person, click here to learn more about the tours

After-Party: In-person networking at ArCH Center, 902 Commerce 


Gulf Coast Green Ticket includes:

  • Live access to one or both days
  • AIA Continuing Education Credits (HSW & LU)
  • In-Person Networking, After-Party

*Tours not included in GCG ticket and can be purchased separately
**After party sold separately for those not attending the virtual conference


Opening Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Father of the environmental justice

Robert Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. He is the former dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University and currently is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Previously, he was founding director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Robert is an award-winning author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, disasters, emergency response, community resilience, smart growth, and regional equity. His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality, is a standard text in the environmental justice field. Recent books include Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina, Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, and The Wrong Complexion for Protection.

In 2013, Robert became the first African American to receive the Sierra Club John Muir Award. In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after him. In 2015, the Iowa State University Alumni Association named him its Alumni Merit Award recipient—an award also given to George Washington Carver in 1937. In 2018, the Global Climate Action Summit named him one of 22 Climate Trailblazers. In 2019, Apolitical named him one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy. In 2020, WebMD gave him its Health Heroes Trailblazer Award, and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) honored him with its Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award, the UN’s highest environmental honor.

Earn up to 10 AIA Continuing Educaiton Credits (HSW & LU) 



Dillon Kyle Architects - 2021 Platinum Sponsor

Kirksey Architecture - 2021 Platinum Sponsor


Gensler - 2021 Gold Sponsor

Perkins & Will - 2021 Gold Sponsor

Walter P Moore - 2021 Gold Sponsor


Dally + Associates - 2021 Silver Sponsor

DBR Engineering Consultants - 2021 Silver Sponsor

ENVI Engineering - 2021 Silver Sponsor