Innovative Tools to Implement Regional Sustainability Plans

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Learn about the most innovative sustainability components of the regional plans and regional transportation plans of the MPOs from San Diego, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities), and New York City;

  • Gain an understanding of the suite of tools, resources, and financial programs provided by these four MPOs to incentivize local implementation of their adopted regional plans; and

  • Analyze whether these or similar tools, resources, and programs could be developed and applied in other local settings.

More than ever before, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional planning agencies throughout the nation are adopting regional plans that integrate land use, transportation, and the environment, and emphasize the key tenets of sustainable development, including interconnected areas such as social equity, smart growth, active transportation, complete streets, affordable housing, transportation demand management, transit oriented development, emerging technologies, economic prosperity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy planning, and livable communities. In this day and age of resource scarcity and multi-cultural interests, the adoption of regional plans that encourage a bottom-up implementation approach is critical. Collaborative implementation efforts in partnership with local member agencies and stakeholders are becoming a key ingredient to the successful implementation of regional plans. Supplementing federal and state resources, MPOs are increasingly providing financial incentives, web-based planning tools, competitive grants, local tool-kits, and planning strategies to assist member agencies to implement their regional plans that provide a vision for greater metropolitan sustainability. Come hear about the tools, resources, and varied approaches that four MPOs across the nation are offering their member agencies to incentivize, leverage, and promote meaningful implementation, at the local level, of the most innovative features of their sustainability-oriented regional plans.


Carolina Ilic , AICP , SANDAG , San Diego , CA (see bio)
Paul Burns , AICP , Metropolitan Council , Saint Paul , MN (see bio)
Brad Calvert , Denver Regional COG , Denver , CO (see bio)
Gerry Bogacz , NY Metropolitan Transportation Council , New York , NY