Poster: Greening the Silver Tsunami
You'll learn about:
- An economic development context for pairing social concerns and worker retention strategies with "green" business practices
- Methods for incentivizing smaller, rural businesses to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of their operation and workers
- How to develop user-friendly reporting mechanisms that can build the capacity of public and private entities to track economic and environmental impact
Certain demographic shifts and workforce needs have caused a "silver tsunami" and out-migration of the millenial population in small urban and rural communites in Iowa. This poster makes the case that economic sustainability is intrinsically tied to worker retention. It also provides an economic development context for pairing social concerns and worker retention strategies with efforts to revitalize a "green" business certification program in Eastern Iowa.
What began seven years ago as a public-private initiative has lost the interest of the business community and its critical funding sources. The revitalized program includes criteria for businesses and organizations across many industries to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of their operation and workers.
Learn how to incentivize business involvement in sustainability leadership by going beyond eco-friendly fixes to acknowledge the economic and social needs of a specific geographic context. This poster also presents reporting mechanisms, increasing business capacity to track impact, identify cost savings, and establish success indicators from certification.
, Saint Louis Park
Confirmed SpeakerTodd Bagby, Esq. is a Master of Science candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. He works as a Graduate Research Assistant and serves on various university panels, including the Campus Planning Committee, Sustainability Committee, Graduate Council, Graduate Student Senate, and Urban and Regional Planning Student Association. Todd is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and Tulane University and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Colorado.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerSamuel Odeyemi is originally from Chicago,Illinois. He obtained a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2013 and is currently attending the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. His area of concentration(s) in urban planning is land use and environmental planning, and housing and community development. Samuel also has an interest in Alternative energy, Urban agriculture, and the local food movement.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerEmily Seiple is completing her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. She is a commissioner for the Housing and Community Development Commission in Iowa City, as well as an Advocacy Team member for the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition. With a strong writing background, she pursues opportunities to use both narrative and policy to create inclusive communities.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerMartina Wolf is a second-year in the Urban and Regional Planning master's program at the University of Iowa. After graduating from Drake University with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Law, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with an adult literacy center, where she focused on created a workplace skills program with local employers. She is currently a planning intern with the City of Iowa City's Neighborhood and Development Services Department.