MONDAY  |  MAR 20 | 4 PM reception – CAP Gallery | 5 PM lecture – AB 100

Billy Fleming will deliver a lecture in sustainability on campus March 20. “Green Dreams, Or Whatever: Crisis, Contestation, and the Struggle for Climate Justice in the Built Environment” will be the inaugural Ethan Whitehead Guest Lecture in Sustainability in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning.

Ethan Whitehead was studying architecture when he passed away in 2021. In his honor, his parents Julie and Doug Whitehead established the Ethan Whitehead Guest Lecture in Sustainability Fund to develop a lecture series to inform and inspire as many people as possible on a topic that was close to Ethan’s heart.

“It’s a legacy moment—a way to commemorate Ethan, and to establish an ongoing recognition of his importance,” said Dave Ferguson, dean of CAP. “Giving every student and faculty member access to expertise through these great lectures will perpetuate Ethan’s memory and his passion for sustainability.”

Fleming is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design, a senior fellow with Data for Progress, and co-director of the “Climate + Community Project.” He is co-editor of A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy, co-curator of the book and international traveling exhibit Design With Nature Now, and author of Drowning America: The Nature and Politics of Adaptation.

Prior to joining Penn, he worked as a landscape architect, city planner, organizer, and, later, in the Obama Administration’s White House Domestic Policy Council. He holds a bachelor of landscape architecture (University of Arkansas), master of community and regional planning (University of Texas), and a doctorate of city and regional planning (University of Pennsylvania).


LACES and AIA credits are available for this lecture.