W. CECIL STEWARD (Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities)

W. CECIL STEWARD (Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities)

Name : W. Cecil Steward
Organization : Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
PCG : OLDER PERSONS
 
Background :
I am the founding executive of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities (JISC), in Nebraska, USA, in operation since 1996. I serve as the President/CEO of the organization. I am Dean and Professor Emeritus of the College of Architecture, University of Nebraska, former national President of the American Institute of Architects (1991-1992), and national Topaz Distinguished Professor of Architecture, AIA/ACSA (1998). The JISC was a founding partner of the World Urban Campaign, following UN Habitat partnership since 1996, and served as a member of the Steering Committee. I have previously chaired the Older Persons Constituent Group. I have professional and academic experiences in more than 120 global cities and communities. I currently have the distinct pleasure of being an "older person" within this constituent community category.
 
Past role in constituency/WUC :
The current programs of the JISC concentrate on community sustainability, community resiliency, climate change, affordable housing, homelessness, local food systems, and environmental and social justice public policies. We also are engaged in the early stages of a four-year research study of the communities and industries engaged in arctic cruise tourism in the U.S., Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The JISC is developer/owner of a federally registered decision tool for stakeholders in community sustainability, "Sustainometrics" which demands participatory assessment of Five Domains of community indicators: Environment, Socio-Culture, Technologies, Economics, and Public Policies. The welfare, care, and opportunities for elder residents in every sustainable community are of paramount concern in our plans, studies, and action recommendations.
 
Motivations :
I believe the UN WUC is a valuable resource for global demonstration and guidance of community/city transformative plans and actions that will mitigate and respond to the contexts of Climate Change, Public Health Pandemics, Economic Stresses, and Social Inequities, giving local residents, businesses, and governments actionable routes to livability and sustainable communities. The designated Constituent Groups can be prominent leaders in dispensing data, information, case studies and examples of actions, innovations, and best practices to integrate the SDG's into local plans for sustainability.
 
Vision :
Older persons living in communities that, today, strive for community vitality and sustainability face barrier issues of access and services in the areas of transportation, environmental mobility, social interactions, intellectual vitality and mental health, general health care, economic security, affordable housing, and food and nutrition. These are services and accommodations that should be available to every resident and stakeholder of any sustainable community. However, in advanced years of age, the availability, quality, and ease of access becomes ever more problematic for the older generations. I would like to work with a group of international representatives that will be interested in looking at Sustainable Development Goals, beginning at the twilight years of community life, then giving influence to overall community development policies, backwards in a sense, toward birth and regeneration, Perhaps in this manner the WUC could contribute more holistic, equitable, and secure public policies for integrated, equitable community sustainability.