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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Design Webinar

Join NAACP's Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS) Initiative, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network to learn about Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in design and architecture, in the U.S. Building and sustainability professionals and community activists can sign up to explore a case study on a weatherization kit and education/distribution effort coordinated by Freedom By Design, a student group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The design project was selected through a national 2020 NOMA-NAACP-SEED Awards program that was juried by twelve nationally recognized activists, educators and practitioners of JEDI in design.

A woman tests applying insulation to a window at a weatherization kit training with students.

Weatherization Kit JEDI Case Study

Learn more about the Weatherization Kit Project case study directly from the designers and team members by attending this afternoon SEED training and certification session on Friday, September 24 from 2 - 5:30 PM ET. Each JEDI session is worth 2.5 AIA-CES HSW learning units. The series will continue through September 2021. Register for any individual session or more. Only one SEED session is required for SEED certification. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, contact bbell@ncsu.edu or slee@naacpnet.org.

Four images show people talking and practicing installing insulation on windows.
A row of houses from the view from the street.
Five people stand in a row behind four people seated.
People stand around a work table watching a student demonstrate how to install insulation on a window with a hair dryer.
Five people stand in a row holding carboard boxes and smiling.
Four images show people talking and practicing installing insulation on windows.
A row of houses from the view from the street.
Five people stand in a row behind four people seated.
People stand around a work table watching a student demonstrate how to install insulation on a window with a hair dryer.
Five people stand in a row holding carboard boxes and smiling.
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At distribution events, there are demonstration workshops where students show residents how to install parts of the Kit and answer any questions they may have for their own house.
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The Weatherization Kit primarily addresses the insufficient insulation in Pittsburgh's aging housing stock, which is largely concentrated in these low-income neighborhoods of color in the East End.
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The original community partners - Larimer Consensus Group (shown here), East Liberty Development, and The Kingsley Association - were a liaison between the students and the people that the project aims to serve.
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Students connected with refugee families located in the South Hills neighborhoods through a partnership with the Build A Bridge Foundation.
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Between the materials in the Kit, the booklet, and the event, this project is a holistic effort for student-community engagement, cost effective home insulation, and support for families to gain necessary knowledge to continue these efforts.
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