SCA Talks Sustainable Community-Building at SXSW Eco


When the organizers behind the West’s wildest music festival brought over 2000 conservation thought leaders to Austin, Texas this month for the 2nd annual SXSW Eco conference, SCA was there!

The event invited attendees to come ready to discuss their best ideas for taking on the world’s greatest environmental challenges. SCA’s own Miriam Parson heeded that call with a rousing presentation on SCA’s Green Cities Program, which brings together businesses, neighborhoods, local governments, and young sustainability professionals to build strong, sustainable communities. Miriam has spent the last five years growing the program in Pittsburgh, where it’s been at the forefront of a metro-wide environmental Renaissance.

The thrust of Miriam’s presentation, delivered with assistance from Allegheny County representative and Green Cities alum Zach Ambrose, is that this renewed commitment to urban environmental health need not be limited to Pittsburgh. The same components that have succeeded there could be applied to communities all over the U.S. to build a nationwide, locally grown network of sustainability committed towns and cities.

SCA was honored to be able to participate in this Texas-based convergence of the brightest minds in conservation. Overall it was a brilliant opportunity to teach, learn, and be inspired.

Learn more about SXSW Eco here.