As citizens of Pittsburgh, we find our students constantly giving back and engaging themselves in the vibrant city. Dimeji Onafuwa, a PhD candidate in the School of Design, was named one of the two Applied Innovation Fellows as part of GTECH Strategies' Reclaim Pittsburgh program. Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) cultivates the unrealized potential of people and places to improve the economic, social, and environmental health of our communities.
As a fellow, Dimeji will mentor neighborhood Ambassadors who are residents selected to build initiatives to help reclaim vacant land in the Northside area. He will be designing activities to facilitate concepting as well as mentor the execution of those plans. This implementation involves working with policy, design, social enterprise, innovation, landscape architecture, and community organization.
The second part of Dimeji's applied innovation fellowship will allow him to do research on his own project. His current focus is social innovation, sustainability and energy consumption as it specifically speaks to resource-limited communities. With a background in advertising, design, and management, Dimeji ran a brand communications agency for almost a decade and has experience working with organizations that serve those communities.
ReClaim Northside is an initiative one of the three programs under GTECH's efforts, of which include ReClaim, ReEnergize, and ReFuel. ReClaim Northside is the fourth iteration of Ambassadors in the ReClaim program, and one of two happening concurrently in 2014-2015.
For more information, be sure to visit: https://gtechstrategies.org/projects/reclaim-northside-2/