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Naomi Davis to share vision of the emerging green economy at LSTC Earth Year lecture

Posted Sep 8, 2009

Environmental activist, Naomi Davis' vision of the emerging green economy of mixed-income micro-villages in black communities have caught the attention of the City of Chicago and Great Lakes area planning groups, which can help make her vision a reality. Davis has founded Blacks in Green (BIG) to promote that vision of making an oasis right where we live.

On September 30 at 7 p.m., Davis will present her ideas in the lecture "Blacks in Green: The Principles of Village-Green-Building" at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. The free lecture is part of Earth Year at LSTC, a year-long focus on care of creation including sustainability, environmental justice, congregational activism on behalf of the earth, and theological themes related to creation.

"Part of the goal of our Earth Year at LSTC observance is to engage with activists who are applying the principles of sustainability and care for creation to local communities. We are thrilled to have the chance to hear Naomi Davis, who has been a major force in promoting both environmental and economic justice in the same South Side Chicago area that LSTC calls home," said Earth Year coordinator Robert Saler.

BIG promotes ways to reinvent our legacy of stewardship of the land in the age of climate change. BIG teaches communities of color the risks of global warming and the health and wealth opportunities of the new green economy, while it works to foster and sustain green, neighbor-owned businesses in black communities.

BIG's vision is "self-sustaining African diaspora communities" and robust black participation in the new green economy. Its mission is to link, leverage, and lead through a new breed of environmentalists who will invent, invest, manufacture and merchandise their communities into green, self-sustaining, mixed-income villages.

Naomi Davis is founder and president of BIG: Blacks in Green. As an attorney, entrepreneur, activist and granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, she serves as a bridge between communities and developers in the design and construction of neighborhoods that foster business opportunity, civic activism, and healthy lifestyle. Ms. Davis is a Green For All Fellow and serves on the Steering Committee of the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative, GreenFestival Host Committee, City of Chicago Green Task Force, the editorial board for Environmental Justice Magazine, and the board of Climate Justice Chicago. She is the author of "The 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building," and received Lt. Governor Pat Quinn's 2007 Environmental Hero Award, the 2008 Chicago Magazine Green Award, and the 2009 Jewel-Osco Environmental Stewardship Award.

To learn about more Earth Year and other events at LSTC, visit lstc.edu. An events page, Earth Year at LSTC, is posted on Facebook. To find the page, type "Earth Year at LSTC" in the Facebook Search box. Details on events will be posted on Facebook and on LSTC's web site.

Contact:

Rob Saler
Theme Year Coordinator
rsaler@lstc.edu

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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