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Join Vivek Shandas, PhD, who will share insights about the sociopolitical factors that matter when managing urban forests for people, wildlife, and a changing climate. By examining the relationship between past planning practices and current day environmental conditions, Dr. Shandas will describe how Portland’s green spaces have changed over time, and the challenging work to re-center disinvested areas and communities in greening efforts.
About Vivek Shandas, PhD:
Vivek Shandas is a Professor of Climate Adaptation at Portland State University, where he founded and directs the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab. As a young immigrant to the United States, he has spent a lifetime comparing the social structures that privilege some and abandon others, and the relationship between landscape quality and community efficacy. His research and teaching interests center on topics of environmental governance, spatial inequalities, and the opportunities to support communities in preparing for a changing climate.