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"Environmental Justice and CED: Approaches to Affordable Housing" Webinar Recording

Canadian CED Network - Réseau canadien de DÉC

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM (EST)

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BUILD Inc and PUSH BuffaloThe complex environmental challenges we face today require us to look critically at how we might transform our economies to reduce pollution, use less land, and regrow natural spaces. As a result green jobs are increasingly the centre of economic development conversations. Community economic development (CED) is a strategy that can be used to help ensure that the benefits of a green economy are shared with those that are so often left out of the mainstream economy.

This webinar features two organizations that have taken a CED approach to finding green solutions for affordable housing while also developing local leadership and employment opportunities. Building Urban Industries for Local Development (BUILD) is a social enterprise in Winnipeg providing trades-based training for people with limited formal labour market experience. Work that trainees undertake includes retrofitting homes with insulation and high-efficiency toilets as well as water-and-energy-saving devices. People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) is a local membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side. PUSH Buffalo has been active in reclaiming empty homes for redevelopment as low-income housing and in the process is helping to develop community leaders to maintain local control of the redevelopments.


Aaron BartleyAaron Bartley, Executive Director and co-founder of PUSH Buffalo

Aaron is a Buffalo native and proud product of the Buffalo Public School System. Over the years, Aaron has organized labor and student campaigns for economic justice, including the Harvard Living Wage Campaign and the Boston Justice for Janitors Strike in 2002. Aaron is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and has appeared in major media outlets as an advocate for low-income individuals.

Sean HoganSean Hogan, Executive Director of BUILD

Sean Hogan is the Production Manager at BUILD, an award winning social enterprise and training program in Winnipeg’s North End. Since 2014, he has been leading the social enterprise teams of BUILD, helping navigate the choppy waters of professional contracting, as well as looking for new ways to create training and employment opportunities for individuals with multiple employment barriers. He is also a husband, father, and children’s entertainer.


  • The session begins with presentations by Aaron and Annetta, followed by a question and answer period led by the moderator, CCEDNet member Mike Lewis. 
  • You will need speakers or a headset on your computer to participate.  To ensure your system will be compatible with our webinar platform, try this connection test or look at the Adobe Connect quick start guide prior to the session.


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Our Vision:

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network believes in sustainable and inclusive communities directing their own social, economic and environmental futures.

Our Mission:
We are a member-led organization committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that improve environmental and social conditions.

We bring people and organizations together to share knowledge and build a collective voice for CED action. Our members are part of a movement creating community-based solutions to local and global challenges.

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