BOULDER, CO, February 8, 2011—Thirty-one leaders from 27 developing countries will attend a special, one-day training in planning for sustainability to be held on Tuesday, February 8 at the Boulder studio of OZ Architecture. These leaders are participants in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and will come to Colorado from their study programs all over the United States.
Award-winning architect and planner Carl Worthington, OZ Urban Design Director and Steve Brooks, Principal at OZ, will discuss the development of Boulder’s ground-breaking open space planning, the City’s alternative transportation program and downtown redevelopment. The implementation of these progressive plans has earned Boulder international recognition for sustainability. Many of the same planning principles and concepts are now being applied by OZ on a state-of-the-art economic development and creative urban planning program for the country of Rwanda. The Humphrey Fellows will assess Boulder’s progress against Rwanda’s plans and decide whether some of these ideas may be applicable to their own countries.
OZ Architecture has been a top-ranked, award-winning firm in Colorado for over 40 years. With a strong commitment to community and sustainable design, the firm is active in key markets that include Urban Living, Resorts & Hospitality, Community & Culture, Learning Environments, Energy & Technology and Global Development. “Hosting the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, is just another way we can give back to the global community we strive to support,” said Rwanda Team Leader and Principal in Charge Steve Brooks. “We are really looking forward to a very dynamic exchange of ideas on the 8th."
The prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides a year of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study at selected American universities for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Each year, approximately 200 Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. Started in 1978, the program now has a network of over 4,200 alumni in 157 countries around the world working to improve their communities and the lives of those in need. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
The five-day workshop on sustainability is organized and hosted by the Institute of International Education through its Rocky Mountain Center, based in Denver.