Join us for a Zoom presentation with Emily DiSalvo, Peter Harrison, and Kevin Kurian of DesegregateCT who will discuss how restrictive zoning laws, from minimum lot sizes to a lack of multi-family housing, increase emissions and exacerbate global warming. The group’s research into the link between zoning and the environment will be presented. DesegregateCT will also discuss the potential of policies like transit-oriented communities and minimum lot size reform to create a greener, more equitable Connecticut.
The Dinner Disrupted series is a partnership of libraries in Fairfield and New Haven County engaging patrons in collective discussions and actions focused on engaging residents to play a more active role in their food system.Food security is defined as the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foods. What affects food security is policy, zoning, land use, and increasingly, climate change. Together, we can reimagine our landscape and use the library as a test ground for reincorporating food into our everyday environment and add resiliency into our food system.
Registration is required, as for online security reasons only registered attendees will be able to attend this event. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email before the event.The registrant's name as displayed on Zoom must match the name used for registration in order to guarantee admission.
Emily DiSalvo is a graduate journalism student at Quinnipiac University and a lifelong resident of Portland, Connecticut. She has been working with DesegregateCT since September. After graduating in May she hopes to be a reporter covering labor or housing issues. Peter Harrison is the senior policy fellow at DesegregateCT. Previously, he served as the national housing advisor for Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, where he co-authored the Homes for All report and advised on the 2020 presidential campaigns of VP Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. He researched the intersection of the housing and climate crises at the Buell Center at Columbia University and contributed to the upcoming textbook Green Reconstruction. In addition to his academic work, he is also the co-founder of two startup companies and teaches IT Strategy at the business school of the City University of New York. He holds a BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross and an MUP from Columbia University. He grew up in Avon, CT and currently lives in NYC with his wife and mini-dachshund. Kevin Kurian is the Outreach Coordinator at DesegregateCT and a senior at New York University studying Politics and Economics. He has worked as an organizer for racial justice and affordable housing within his hometown of Simsbury, Connecticut. Last summer, he served as a summer intern for Connecticut's Attorney General William Tong. Kevin hopes to return home after graduation to work to make Connecticut a more equal state.