Using Data and Engagement to Advance Sustainability
You'll learn about:
- Why lack of budget and staff are no longer acceptable reasons not to focus on creating a more sustainable community
- How using data points that already exist can create the foundation for a solid sustainability program
- Ways to engage your community to help reach your goals, not just establish them
- Tools that are available to keep your program moving forward
Local governments face increasing pressure to transition to a more citizen-centric form of service delivery that is transparent, holds the government accountable, and provides an easy pathway for community members to be involved in decision-making. In many ways, this is a shift towards a more sustainable community. But for many local government leaders, limited staff and budgets make it difficult to even think about, let alone take action towards, incorporating “new” tasks into the daily staff routine to create a more sustainable community.
Examine current trends in indicators, transparency, and smart cities, as well as a specific case study from Nashua, N.H., that shows how to develop and tell a community’s sustainability story based on available data. The City of Nashua had neither a sustainability director nor a sustainability plan when it employed a sustainability dashboard to share the data that framed its sustainability profile and engage community members in the effort to improve that data.
, Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerKim Lundgren, ENV SP is the CEO of Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc., a woman-owned, benefits corporation that delivers solutions to create sustainable communities. Kim has nearly 20 years of professional experience, the last 16 of which have been spent working with local governments to design, secure funding for, implement, and evaluate sustainability programs focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. As an early municipal sustainability pioneer, Kim developed the first climate action plan in Massachusetts and one of the first municipal climate adaptation plans in the country. As an experienced facilitator and strategist, Kim promotes a comprehensive approach to sustainability planning that encourages deep stakeholder engagement and the tracking of key sustainability indicators. Previously, Kim was the Director of Sustainability at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. and the U.S. Services Director at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. In both positions, Kim secured millions of dollars to build new teams and offices focused on delivering climate and sustainability programs to hundreds of local governments throughout the country.
, City of Nashua
Confirmed SpeakerSarah Marchant, AICP joined the City of Nashua in June 2014 as the Director of Community Development. In this position, she is responsible for the budget and leadership of the Community Development Division which consists of six departments, including Building Safety, Code Enforcement, Planning and Zoning, Waterways, Transportation, Urban Programs, and various commissions, boards and programs. Prior to Nashua she served in Amherst and Milford, NH. Sarah was elected President of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) representing NH, VT and ME, in the fall of 2015 after serving as the NNECAPA Legislative Liaison for one year. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the New Hampshire Planners Association (NHPA) as Secretary, after serving as President from 2010-2014, and Nashua Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MA from the University of Connecticut.