Author Archives: Clara Fishel

About Clara Fishel

I live in Savannah with my husband and two sons. My time is divided (albeit not always as evenly as I would prefer) between playing with family and friends, work and ongoing involvement with groups like Savannah USGBC, Starland Farmers' Mkt., SDRA and Step-Up. I am a LEED Accredited Professional with a B.S. in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis.

Forsyth Farmers’ Mkt./Health Pavillion

September 12th 2009

Health Pavilion Presentations

Free and open to the public

  • 9:00 am — “WE CAN” — youth nutrition lectureChristina Hanson, Youth Development Coordinator, Coastal Health District

    We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children Activity and Nutrition) – Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers. We Can! Energize Our Families: Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers, is a six-lesson curriculum with dynamic activities for parents to encourage a healthy weight in their family. The core concept explored is “energy balance,” or the long-term balance between ENERGY IN (calories from food) and ENERGY OUT (calories burned through activity). In a fun and hands-on way, the lessons focus on helping participants learn essential skills that can help their families increase access and availability of healthy foods and make healthful food choices, become more physically active, and reduce recreational screen time. At the end of each lesson, participants are encouraged to try new nutrition and physical activity tips with their families over the next week. Participants later share their experiences trying the new behavior with the group.

  • 10:00 am — Starting an exercise program / Exercise for kidsCatie Hawks, Exercise specialist at Candler Wellness Center
    Menzana Blakely, St. Joseph’s/Candler
  • 11:00 am — Jump Start! Jumping rope for youth fitnessPat McKinnon, American Heart Association
  • 12:00 am — Space saving techniques for your gardenAndy Schwartz
  • 9:00 am til 12:00pm — Health Screenings and InformationBlood Pressure Screenings — Grace Badiola, Fitness/Wellness Instructor of St. Joeseph’s/Candler Hospital’s African American Health Information & Resource Center

    Diabetes Information — Alesha Wright, American Diabetes Association

Public Forum – Walkable Communities

Join local mobility leaders and Dan Burden in a discussion about creating walkable communities in Savannah.

Wednesday, September 2nd at 7 p.m.
Armstrong Center – 13040 Abercorn Street

For more information contact the City of Savannah’s Citizen Office 351-6527
Click HERE for more info about Dan Burden & Walkable Communities

Design for Sustainability

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness (SCAD industrial design professor & Laraine Papa Montgomery (SCAD architecture professor) discuss SCAD’s new M.A. in Design for Sustainability at the August meeting of the USGBC – Savannah Chapter.  The event is August 25, 2009 from 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Wild Wing Cafe in City Market.

ReBurbia Design Competition – ENTER IT!


Dwell Magazine and are pleased to announce the first ever Reburbia competition: a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs.

With the current housing crisis, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, and rising energy costs, the future of suburbia looks bleak. Suburban communities in central California, Arizona and Florida are desolate and decaying, with for sale and foreclosure signs dotting many lawns. According to the US Census, about 90% of all metropolitan growth occurred in suburban communities in the last ten years. Urbanites who loathe the freeways, big box stores and bland aesthetics stereotypical of suburbia may secretly root for the end of sprawl, but demographic trends indicate that exurban growth is still on the rise.

In a future where limited natural resources will force us to find better solutions for density and efficiency, what will become of the cul-de-sacs, cookie-cutter tract houses and generic strip malls that have long upheld the diffuse infrastructure of suburbia? How can we redirect these existing spaces to promote sustainability, walkability, and community? It’s a problem that demands a visionary design solution and we want you to create the vision!

Calling all future-forward architects, urban designers, renegade planners and imaginative engineers:
Show us how you would re-invent the suburbs! What would a McMansion become if it weren’t a single-family dwelling? How could a vacant big box store be retrofitted for agriculture? What sort of design solutions can you come up with to facilitate car-free mobility, ‘burb-grown food, and local, renewable energy generation? We want to see how you’d design future-proof spaces and systems using the suburban structures of the present, from small-scale retrofits to large-scale restoration—the wilder the better!



Enter the Inhabitat / Dwell REBURBIA competition, by sending up to 5 images and a statement about your design proposal. You can submit as many entries as you like, but each individual entry should be focused on one singular design problem/solution (i.e. a McMansion farm rehab, a bicycle transportation hub, a piezoelectric, energy-generating freeway paving system). Entries will be judged on clarity of idea, usefulness of design, and visual/aesthetic appeal of renderings.