July 31, 2014  

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IMPACT Southern Miss Forum to Focus on Sustainable Communities

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Creating sustainable communities will be the highlighted topic in the first of several upcoming IMPACT Southern Miss forums scheduled at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

On March 24, noted architect, planner and author Ellen Dunham-Jones will discuss a growing trend around Mississippi and the country to redevelop downtowns and under-performing commercial areas into livable, sustainable communities.

Dunham-Jones will present urban design strategies and policies for re-inhabiting, redeveloping and re-greening these properties based on the more than 80 successfully built examples documented in her co-authored book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. The book will be available at the event as well as at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Southern Miss before and after event.

The forum is set for 5 p.m. at the Trent Lott National Center of Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and is co-hosted with the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association (HHDA). Cost for the event is $15 and interested persons may register online at http://www.downtownhattiesburg.com by clicking on the "Registration" tab on the left-hand side of the HHDA homepage. If you cannot attend, please pass along information about the event to persons you know who would be interested.

Other upcoming IMPACT Southern Miss forums are set for the following dates:

·         April 14 – Advanced Materials

·         Sept. 1 – Life Sciences

·         Nov. 29 – Marine Sciences

IMPACT Southern Miss: Turning Knowledge into Innovation Series’ events are held in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Science and Technology and the College of Health at Southern Miss. For more information, see http://www.usm.edu/trentlottcenter/impact.php or call 601.266.5090.