Upcoming University Club of Albany Foundation Events

The University Club of Albany Foundation has a number of events coming up about sustainability and urban renewal. Check out the events below!

The University Club Foundation is a 501c3 corporation dedicated to recognizing and maintaining the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building.

Wednesday, October 18

12 noon

Sustainability Lunch: Smarter Solutions Found Here

The Nature-Informed Business with Jodi Smits Anderson

Join us for the launch of an occasional lunchtime Sustainability Series:  Smarter Solutions Found Here.  The series will kick off with a talk on Nature Informed Business by Honorary Series Chair Jodi Smits Anderson, Director, Sustainability Programs at DASNY, the Building and Public Finance Authority of the State of New York, on October 18. 

This talk on Nature Informed Business will explore interdependence as strength in design, and look to ways Nature’s lessons can positively inform our business successes, community planning, and personal projects.  Smits Anderson sees nature informed design connecting natural elements in effective,  healing and beautiful ways.  She sees the need, however, to move beyond a “product” approach to a “systems” approach with a long-term view.

Tickets for the event, which will include a hot buffet lunch, are  $20 and reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 17.  Reservations may be made by buying a ticket with the link below or by calling the Club at 518-463-1151.

RSVP /  MORE INFO – Smarter Solutions Found Here – U Club Sustainability Series

Thursday, October 19

6:00 p.m.

A Special Screening of “Lost Rondout” with Lynn Woods

Meet filmmaker Lynn Woods and learn how a federally-funded 1960s urban renewal project devastated the waterfront district of Kingston, New York, and mirrored the urban disruption that occurred all over America.

Urban renewal left lasting scars, but many Americans are unaware of how their city came to be pocked and fragmented by parking lots, expressways, Brutalist buildings, and crime-plagued high-rise public housing projects. A new 69-minute documentary by Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods, titled Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, vividly depicts the vanished streetscape of historic 19th-century buildings, then defined as “blight.” Interviews with former residents describe a once-vibrant integrated community. Nearly 500 buildings were destroyed and thousands of people were displaced, many of them African Americans who had difficulty finding new housing.

Lynn Woods will be on hand at the University Club to chat about the film. In the meantime, find out more about the project at www.lostrondoutproject.com and at the Lost Rondout Facebook page.

Reservations are required for this event. Tickets are $10 pre-paid; $15 at the door. Ala carte food and beverages will be available for purchase during the film.

RSVP / MORE INFO “Lost Rondout” – Special Screening

For more information on upcoming events at the University Club of Albany visit www.universityclubalbany.com.