Global Regenerative Land Economics Initiative

Global thought leaders supporting complete and equitable communities.

On April 6, 2020 Ei Founder Holly Elmore hosted the inaugural Lambda Alpha International (LAI) Global Regenerative Land Economics Initiative (GRLEI) call to announce the initiative formation.

A first task within the formation stage was designating an Executive Team. Focused on guiding the GRLEI segue from a vision into a viable initiative, the team committs to making a difference in global arenas. The GRLEI Executive Team consists of the following individuals:

  • Holly Elmore, GRLEI Chair (Ei Founder)
  • Bernadette Austin, GRLEI Focus Area Lead (Acting Director of the Center for Regional Change at the University of California at Davis)
  • Brad Bass, GRLEI Advisor & Industry Expert (30-year veteran at Environment and Climate Change Canada as well as a Status Professor at the University of Toronto (UT))
  • Ronald Thomas, FAICP, GRLEI Adviser & Industry Expert (Ron Thomas & Co. President)

With the Executive Team in place, the next task was to craft the GRLEI Vision and define the Focus Areas and Commitment as follows:

Vision: to engage the global LAI membership and explore challenges related to stated focus areas from a holistic approach where the community, environment, and local economies benefit from commentary, discussions, and proposed projects.

The GRLEI seeks to be a thought leader in supporting complete and equitable communities.

Focus Areas:

  • Infrastructure – explores the built environment including a city’s water & sewer systems, water treatment plants, public utilities, as well as corporate, government, and educational districts | campuses. Additionally, focus is on the availability of and access to affordable housing within a community.
  • Environmental Resources – explores the impact of existing and proposed projects and infrastructure within urban and rural communities on energy sources, soil health, local greenways, open spaces, waterways, and resident access.
  • Social Equity – explores ways to promote complete communities that include equitable access to housing, transportation and transit, education, employment, human services such as healthcare and safety, and other amenities such as parks. These complete communities balance land uses focused on people, (such as commercial and residential land uses), with natural and working land uses such as open space, waterways, farms, and ranches.

Commitment: the GRLEI is committed to action, whether in the form of drafting educational documentation (articles, white papers, website copy), global webinars, and/or projects designed for community impact. GRLEI members must actively participate.

Ei Advisors: The following Ei Advisors accepted LAI member nominations and agreed to serve as GRLEI Industry Experts & Leadership for designated topics:

  • Brad Bass, PhD – Green Infrastructure
  • Britt Faucette, PhD – Erosion Control, Food-Waste Composting, Soil Health, Regenerative Agriculture, Urban Carbon Sinks
  • Holly Elmore – Food-Waste Collection, Food-Waste Composting, Urban Carbon Sinks
  • Ronald Thomas, FAICP – Broadband Communications Network
  • Stephanie Barger – Circular Economy, Food-Waste Collection, Waste & Recycling Systems, Urban Carbon Sinks
  • Wayne King – Biosolid Management Systems, Food-Waste Collection, Food-Waste Composting, Soil Health, Urban Carbon Sinks

As the Formation Stage segued to completion, the Executive Team shifted focus to the GRLEI Communication Stage. With utmost generosity, Brad offered eight hours of student time from his University of Toronto (UT) research platform to assist with developing the GRLEI communication vehicles. 

Beginning the week of May 25, Jahin Khan, a UT research student within Brad’s COBWEB platform, worked closely with Holly on crafting a GRLEI PPT presentation to support an introductory blog article.

Next on the communications agenda is the GRLEI website launch, complete with blog and newsletter functions. Holly will curate the website content; Bernadette will serve as the website editor to ensure the copy has a consistent, clear voice.

The GRLEI will host quarterly Zoom meetings filled with updates and tales from the action-packed initiative agenda. LAI membership is invited to join the virtual meetings and participate in active dialogue. The second quarterly meeting is slated for late July or early August.

Quarterly newsletters are open to the public and may be used to court new LAI members interested in GRLEI participation.

Activities within Ei’s Urban Carbon Sinks Initiative are in partnership with the GRLEI.

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