Sustainability Café on September 9 will look at GIS and urban planning


Contributed by Marian Brown

The Sustainability Café on Monday, September 9th will feature Shea O’Neill ‘07 from U3 Ventures presenting “The ‘Space’ of Community and Economic Development”.  The Sustainability Café will be held in Center for Natural Sciences Room 112 at 4:00PM, in conjunction with the Environmental Seminar. The Fall 2013 Sustainability Café/Environmental Seminar series is focused on the concept of “Citizens + Community = Healthy Environment.” 

Shea O'Neill began his professional career as an environmental historian, but one zig after another led him toward the world of urban planning, the "great generalist concentration" - a discipline in which environmentalists, economists, and designers could all coexist. O'Neill found both an affinity and a talent for Geographic Information Systems while pursuing a degree in Urban Planning. He currently works as a GIS and Data Analyst for an economic development firm called U3 Ventures, which works with anchor institutions to leverage their assets locally to create economic, real estate, and cultural opportunities within their neighborhoods. O'Neill also teaches two courses in Practical Applications of GIS and Advanced Spatial Modeling at the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia University.

“Teachable edibles” – local, organic and/or seasonal snacks – for the Fall 2013 Sustainability Café series are being sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services whose motto is “Sustainability – Healthy – Fresh.”  Please bring your reusable mug and fill up at the nearest drinking fountain or provide your own beverage of choice.

This event is free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Marian Brown at 607-274-3787 or We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Drink in a new way to think in the Sustainability Café.