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Jeanne DuBois has been the Executive Director of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation in Dorchester, Boston for 17 years. Their 34 year history of housing development includes 930 units of rental, cooperative, and home owner housing. From 2008-2012 they bought 20 foreclosed three deckers, rehabbed them, and have sold the first 16 to first time home buyers while organizing a whole street. Their current pre-development pipeline is 275 rental units and 4 more foreclosed three-deckers. Their commercial projects total >200,000 sq. ft. in mixed use buildings, a supermarket, cafes, and an 82,000 sf digital printing factory that brought 166 good jobs to Dorchester in 2002. In 2012 they are in pre-development on two old factories, which will become a small business food processing center and an artisans collaborative. Their direct small business loans have totaled over $5.7M and created >700 jobs. Home owner loans and counseling have kept over 480 people in their homes. Their organizing efforts engage over 1400 tenants and other residents annually.

A 2011 HUD CHOICE grant of $20.5M was awarded to the City of Boston and Dorchester Bay & Quincy Geneva CDC's 129 unit Quincy Heights development. It also included funds for additional priority projects as well as organizing and collaborative resident services. Grants from the U.S. Treasury Department's CDFI fund of $1.2M provided increased capital and loss reserves for their growing small business loan fund, which also received $750,000 in loan capital from the SBA this past year. DBay was also recently awarded the SBA 504 Loan Certification, which can provide up to $5M fixed loans to small businesses as 40% of a deal. These loans can help businesses buy their buildings or fixed assets.

Dorchester Bay EDC's leadership on the Fairmount Rail Line corridor has united four important Boston Neighborhoods around transit equity, jobs, affordable housing, and a common greenway strategy. The CDCs now have 800 units of housing under site control., 150,000 sf of commercial space, and 61 priority parcels identified for a corridor Greenway. The Fairmount/Indigo Corridor was adopted in 2010 as a Federal Sustainable Communities Pilot by a HUD, EPA, and US Department of Transportation Partnership. In 2012, Mayor Menino and the BRA launched the "Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative", which will build upon the groundbreaking work of the collaborative and be the largest city planning effort since the Big Dig. In this new phase, all the public, private, and non-profit stakeholders will build a more coordinated and robust economic development strategy.

Dr. Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He is the originator of the concept of "just sustainability" the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as "the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems." He is an environmental social scientist with degrees in botany, geography, conservation policy and environmental education whose expertise and current research interests are in the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. He is co-founder, and editor of the international journal "Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability." With over 150 publications, his books include "Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World" (MIT Press 2003); "Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice" (NYU Press 2005, "Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices" (MIT Press 2011) "Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability" (MIT Press 2011) and "Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice" (Zed Books 2013).

He was founder in 1988 of Britain's Black Environment Network (BEN) and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Diversity and the Environment (2009); the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Audubon Society (2009-) and the is on several journal editorial boards.

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