Comparing (and Perfecting) Models for Sustainability

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

•    Successful state- and regional-level approaches to supporting local sustainability planning, with detailed exploration of specific resources and assistance offered
•    Common challenges to and useful tools for local sustainability and resiliency planning 
•    The variety of partners needed for successful local sustainability projects

Planners at all levels are confronting the challenges of natural resource depletion, pollution, health disparities, water systems, transportation systems, and climate change. Recently four states (New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Hampshire) assumed the challenge of bringing sustainability, resilience, and quality of life into regional and municipal planning. While each one defined the scope differently and employed a unique mix of strategies for providing guidance and resources, common tactics and challenges nonetheless emerged. 

This session explores how these governments have addressed sustainability with a comprehensive, long-term approach and transformed operations, programs, and policies to integrate sustainability in all they do. It features examples of state and regional data sources and planning tools that have helped local governments work toward a more sustainable future. You will learn how your community can adapt these examples and make the most of similar opportunities.

Speakers

Dazzle Ekblad , NYS Dept of Env. Conservation , Albany , NY (see bio)
Alicia Hunt , City of Medford , Medford , MA (see bio)
Randall Solomon , The College of New Jersey , Ewing , NJ (see bio)
Christine Kane , Audubon International , Troy , NY (see bio)