Eric Boria has a B.A. in Biology and Sociology from Indiana University Northwest and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. His dissertation focused on the steel industry (1990-2005), its impact on Northwest Indiana and the community’s response to the dredging of the Indiana harbor. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC with an environmental concentration. Eric is also a professional assistant soccer referee.
Title: Sustainability in old, industrial areas
Northwest Indiana is an industrial region where the steel industry has been deeply embedded in the institutions, the structure of the city and is inscribed in life of the residents themselves. The recent globalization of the steel industry has unraveled the historical relationship between the steel industry, the city and the state, which has in-turn opened the door to new forms of organization. One new form can be seen in Labor and Environmental organizations coming together in Blue-Green alliances that are re-envisioning the region in new and exciting ways.