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 Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc., a woman-owned, benefits corporation that delivers solutions to create sustainable communities. Kim has over 20 years of professional experience, the last 16 of which have been spent designing, securing funding for, and implementing 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 USA, Inc. 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. This experience coupled with her drive, focus on innovation, and strong communication skills make Kim a sought after strategic adviser for local sustainability planning projects. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Kim is a member of the STAR Communities Technical Advisory Group, the American Planning Association, and is the Chair of the American Public Works Association’s Center for Sustainability.
, City of Nashua
Confirmed SpeakerSarah Marchant, AICP is the City of Nashua’s Director of Community Development, where she is responsible for the budget and leadership of the Community Development Division which consists of five 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 has spearheaded a wide-range of projects, including a comprehensive rewriting of Subdivision and Site Plan Regulations, and Public Works Standards; zoning ordinance amendments including Form Based Codes, Wetlands, Sign Ordinances, Small Wind Energy Systems, and Accessory Dwelling Units; developing Stormwater Management Ordinances and code enforcement ticketing process; and facilitating annual Capital Improvements Planning and master plan updates. Sarah is the President of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Hampshire Planners Association (NHPA) as Secretary, after serving as President from 2010-2014, She also serves on the Nashua Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.