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2018 EcoDistricts Summit Program

This October 17-18, urban leaders will convene in Minneapolis-St. Paul, two innovative cities on the cusp of a breakthrough in urban regeneration. Join us to explore how district-scale innovation can help address some of the most critical issues facing city makers today.

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TUESDAY // PRE-SUMMIT

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

EcoDistricts Shoulder Programs + Research Forum

9:00am - 4:00pm

TUESDAY // RESEARCH FORUM

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA + ECODISTRICTS RESEARCH FORUM

Coffman Memorial Union • 300 Washington Ave SE • Minneapolis, MN 55455

The EcoDistricts Research Forum gathers researchers, policymakers and practitioners to engage in a facilitated discussion and interchange of ideas designed to help shape the evolving research on sustainable district-scale development.

View the Research Forum Program

8:00am - 12:00pm

TUESDAY // PROTOCOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

ECODISTRICTS PROTOCOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

McNamara Alumni Center  • 200 SE Oak St • Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Advisory Council launches its work on the EcoDistricts Protocol 2.0. This Council provides strategic guidance and technical support to ensure the maintenance of the Protocol and EcoDistricts Certified is grounded in the best evidence and practice of equitable, sustainable community development. Advisory Council members are deeply-experienced practitioners who bring subject matter expertise and the ability to expand EcoDistricts into new markets.

1:00pm - 5:00pm

TUESDAY // CERTIFIED COHORT

ECODISTRICTS CERTIFIED COHORT WORKSHOP

McNamara Alumni Center • 200 SE Oak St • Minneapolis, MN 55455

This half-day session brings together 15 North American project teams pursuing EcoDistricts Certified — our holistic, rigorous “how to” framework for organizing and achieving important public policy, sustainability, and investment goals. For over a year, EcoDistricts has been providing individual and group guidance to our first cohort of certified projects. At the 2018 Summit, teams will come together to develop work plans to guide their certification process. They’ll also learn how to use existing plans, data, and indicators to develop strategies and implementation goals for their neighborhood. Finally, we’ll learn from three cohort teams on their innovative district projects — from successful Declarations of Collaboration, to community solar installations, to impactful anchor institution models.

WEDNESDAY // PROGRAM

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Opening Plenary + Breakout Sessions + Tours: Unpacking the Twin Cities

McNamara Alumni Center • 200 SE Oak St • Minneapolis, MN 55455

At the stunning McNamara Alumni Center situated on the University of Minnesota’s campus, and located between Minneapolis and St. Paul, we will unpacked the region’s contributions to world-class sustainable urban development with showcases of catalytic placemaking, equitable development, innovative health districts, scaling connectivity, civic innovation and net zero design. Opening plenaries, TED style presentations and interactive workshops will be interspersed with compelling, local stories of citizen activation and urban revitalization.

7:30am - 8:30am

REGISTRATION + BREAKFAST

8:30am - 9:00am

 WELCOME TO THE TWIN CITIES!

On Oct 17, Mayor Jacob Frey, a 36 year old upstart who is staking his career on a bold plan of ending decades of racial segregation and delivering thousands of new units of affordable housing, will open the 2018 Summit at the University of Minnesota’s stunning McNamara Center.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are experiencing an unprecedented urban regeneration boom, with billions of private and public investments being spent on several major district-scale redevelopment projects planned or underway, including downtown Minneapolis’ aptly branded “Big Build.” While the region is recognized nationally for its livability and progressive regional and local policies on tax sharing, growth management, affordable housing, and environmental protection, the region also has some of the deepest racial disparities in the nation.

There is growing recognition that the region’s approach to urban development has to change, requiring a wider and more thoughtful range of solutions to unlock economic growth, sustain environmental health, and more equitably serve communities of color. With new political leadership in both cities looking to tackle these issues head on, including the dynamic Mayor Melvin Carter of St Paul, the region is poised to join EcoDistrict’s vision of making equity and sustainability the fundamental cornerstone of community building.

"I’m focused on engaging every corner of every ward in our city. And I’m going to continue working with all of you to make Minneapolis a city everyone can call home." - Mayor Frey

Join us in the morning for an energizing welcome as Mayor Frey delivers his vision for more just and sustainable neighborhoods.

MAYOR JACOB FREY
City of Minneapolis

9:00am - 10:00am

OPENING PLENARY: REIMAGINING THE TWIN CITIES

The Twin Cites have recently been designated as two of the 25 U.S. cities most affected by climate change. Changemakers in the region are striving to expand greenspace, and to advance next generation energy and water infrastructure. At the same time, vacancy rates in the region are as low as 1 percent, and affordable housing is still desperately needed. Growing refugee populations now interplay with the cities' existing Native American, Latino, and African American communities, as questions about cultural placemaking and access to opportunity continually surface in a region with some of the nation's greatest disparities. All of this is guided by the Met Council's Thrive MSP 2040, which steers growth and development of the region's transportation, water resources, regional parks and housing policy. Learn how the Twin Cities are creating a more sustainable and inclusive way of life by remodeling and augmenting their infrastructure in ways that connect neighborhoods and communities in this inspiring Summit opening plenary.

RUSS ADAMS
Executive Director, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

PATRICK SEEB,
Director, Economic Development and Placemaking Destination Medical Center

LAURA ZABAL
Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

10:00am - 10:30am

WATER BREAKS

Yo Mama's Watering (W)hole - WATER BREAK ft. WATER BAR

Artist and community elder Amoke Kubat will work with Water Bar & Public Studio throughout the Summit to present Yo Mama's Watering (W)hole, a space for serving local water to inform guests about the connections between water, care, community, and wellness in Minnesota, focusing on water issues facing low-income mothers and women of color. Don't worry, coffee and tea will be available also!

Learn More about Water Bar

10:30am - 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY // DEWA TED TALKS

District Energy + Water Rapid Fire Talks

Join us in Memorial Hall for a fantastic lineup of speakers who will unpack key challenges, opportunities, and diverse approaches to building successful district-scale energy and water solutions. Hear from the Department of Energy and NREL on the findings from their Zero Energy District Accelerator initiative. Learn about Small Town District Geothermal and Green Infrastructure. Explore DTE Energy's Vision for a Complete Neighborhood in Detroit and much more.

FINDINGS FROM THE ZERO ENERGY DISTRICT ACCELERATOR

Sarah Zaleski, Senior Advisor, Building Technologies Office at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Zero Energy Districts are designed and built to maximize energy efficiency and use renewable energy at a district scale, making them a critical pathway toward optimizing energy efficiency in new construction to achieve cost savings, environmental, and economic benefits. Accelerator partners have demonstrated the practicality of taking action to cost-effectively meet zero energy goals and commitments. This talk will share the latest findings from the accelerator in creating energy master plans, choosing a governance and business case model, and establishing a development pathway for a Zero Energy District.

Lori SingletonDTE ENERGY'S VISION FOR A COMPLETE NEIGHBORHOOD IN DETROIT

Lori Singleton, Design Director, SmithGroup

Driven by DTE Energy to transform its headquarters from a suburban model dominated by parking to one integrated into its downtown Detroit context, the 35-block neighborhood plan centers around an open space network that connects to the Detroit riverfront and adjacent neighborhoods, manages stormwater, promotes community programming, and links to cultural assets. Energy systems are conceived at a district scale, integrating photovoltaics and geothermal into existing and planned structures. With few existing residents, community and stakeholder engagement still drove the plan, incorporating opportunities for affordable housing, employment, and resources for families.

SMALL TOWN DISTRICT GEOTHERMAL AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Jeff Geerts, Special Projects Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority

This session will describe how a West Union, Iowa, a community of 2,500, was able to establish a downtown district geothermal system, implement extensive green infrastructure throughout the downtown and reinvigorate the hub of social activity for the community. The session will highlight the process, successes and lessons learned.

10:30am - 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY // BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Morning Breakout Sessions

Dive deep into effective models of district energy and water, health institution led development, creative placemaking and more exploring success stories in community engagement and planning. We will host five unique 90-minute sessions, along with a series of rapid-fire TED-style talks while stationed at the McNamara Alumni Center.

COMMUNITY IN THE LEAD: ENGAGEMENT THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

Finding that connecting with diverse populations is tough? Partnering with Community Based Organizations for outreach can be the difference between checking the box and building trust and community capacity. Join representatives of Community Based Organizations and engagement professionals to hear how new models are reshaping public engagement.

KRISTIN HULL
Senior Project Manager and West Transportation Planning Leader, Jacobs

TERRI THAO,
Program Director, Nexus Community Partners

VANAN MURUGESAN
Director of Design and Innovation, Pillsbury United Communities

GRETCHEN NICHOLLS
Program Officer, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation

LEVERAGING AN ANCHOR INSTITUTION'S RESOURCES AND CAPACITY TO CREATE AN ECODISTRICT

Learn how MetroHealth, as a healthcare provider and a significant resource consumer, is planning for health equity, resilience, and future adaptability in the heart of Cleveland through community wellness and health advocacy programs, a system-level environmental sustainability program, targeted economic development activities and an active community park, and energy infrastructure that will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by over 50%.

SARAH O’KEEFFE
Director of Sustainability, The MetroHealth System

PETER DAHL,
Principal, Energy & Infrastructure Group, HGA

GREG ZUCCA,
Director of Economic & Community Transformation, The MetroHealth System

TRANSFORMING VACANT INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES AND STRUCTURES

Vacant industrial landscapes remain a legacy of America’s post-industrial cities. As symbols of the growth and prosperity, followed by eventual disinvestment and depopulation of their urban context, these underutilized sites and structures afford opportunities to envision an innovative and transformative future. As these cities continue to advance recovery from their post-industrial decline, our panelists will explore how existing industrial spaces may be adapted to new purposes to yield positive social, economic, and ecological impacts.

ALICIA ADAMS
Landscape Architect, SmithGroup

DAN KINKEAD,
Principal, Co-Director of the National Urban Design Practice, SmithGroup

ANIKA GOSS-FOSTER,
Executive Director, Detroit Future City

ECODISTRICTS AND SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL PLANNING

EcoDistricts designed to mimic a living system continually self-renew and integrate natural processes to "regenerate" while providing for people's needs. Social needs and ecological constraints cannot be reviewed in isolation. A socio-ecological approach looks and the interconnections between human well-being in relation to their ecosystem. This workshop will present a process template that can be integrated with the EcoDistrict protocol and adapted to specific places to harmonize ecological constraints with social benefits to set goals for design and development. These goals are inherently place based and cannot be substituted with a generic global approach. Participants will learn about the research that connects socio-ecological services to the design process and use the approach on their own projects.

RICHARD GRAVES
Director, Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota

BONNIE KEELER,
Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota

RIGHT 2 ROOT: A COMMUNITY SYSTEM FOR EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT

Authenticity and action are at the heart of Right 2 Root, a five-year initiative spearheaded by Portland, Oregon’s displaced African American community to address exclusion, impoverishment, and displacement from unmitigated gentrification. Affected community members are creating a grassroots system to preserve and increase community assets and resources to tune the form and function of the city to become supportive places for prosperity. This session will lead attendees through the strengths-based Feelings to Action process pioneered by Radix to break down barriers that originate in bias and stereotypes and restrict material progress for people to achieve their full potential.

CHARLES KELLEY
Principal, ZGF Architects

CAT GOUGHNOUR,
Founder/Principal, Radix Consulting Group

GABBY RILEY,
Associate, ZGF Architects

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TRUSTS: HELPING RESIDENTS OWN A PIECE OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD

We are confronted with two futures: 1) Innovation and growth is driving social upheaval and growing wealth disparity; or 2) A necessity of government, business and the civil sector to work towards the participation and benefit for all in that growth. Join us for a session that explores these two futures focusing on the intersection of equity and resilience in place, prosperity, access, and economic development. Learn from the East Portland Community Investment Trust, an effort to provide community members in a local redevelopment project with a financial stake beyond jobs, housing and transportation. Discover a new financial product that fits people’s motivations and needs with low-dollar monthly investments that fit people's budgets, downside risk protection for investors, and provides financial and investing education.

JOHN HAINES
Executive Director, Community Investment Trust

EVOLVING URBAN INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOR EQUITY AND RESILIENCE

Industrial areas in urban neighborhoods play a critical role in a healthy, localized urban economy and should not be lost. Learn how industrial areas in coastal cities can be transformed into green industrial zones, with living infrastructure combined with productive and cleaner industrial uses. This session will share innovative ideas for creative transformation of industrial areas into healthy, productive, resiliency assets. Using case studies from the San Francisco Bay area, we will explore the social equity benefits of green industrial zones and introduce new tools to leverage resilient infrastructure investment to strengthen adjacent under-invested residential neighborhoods without displacement.

SANDY MENDLER
Principal, Mithun

BRY SARTE,
Founder, CEO, Sherwood Design Engineers

ALEXIS ROBERT,
Principal, Climate Change, Hatch

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunchtime Panel • Building Equity Through Empathy: Affordable Housing

This short documentary touches on different housing situations Minneapolis native, Kimberly Williams and her family encountered in the last 20+ years. The video features interviews with Architect Jamil Ford, Ward 5 Council Member, Jeremiah Ellison, Commonbond Housing, and Minneapolis Resident Taneka Redmond who discuss historic Sumner Field housing projects, alternative housing options, Extended Stay America, Affordable Housing, Gentrification, Displacement and Home Ownership. After the film, Kimberly will facilitate a housing panel discussion to open a dialogue about urban development and housing policy in America.

KIMBERLY WILLIAMS
Design + Communications Coordinator, EcoDistricts

GRETCHEN NICHOLLS
Program Officer, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation

1:30pm - 6:00pm

WEDNESDAY // STUDIO SESSIONS

Studio Sessions and Tours

Deepen your Summit experience with tours to some of Minneapolis and St. Paul's most successful districts and neighborhoods, and join compelling conversations with key leaders across the region's sustainable and equitable development movement.

TOWERSIDE INNOVATION DISTRICT

Exploring: Ecological Design & Living Infrastructure, Equitable Development, Creative Placemaking

Towerside is 370 acres of opportunity in the heart of the metro area, extending from the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis east into St. Paul. The district is served by three Green Line LRT Stations, is at the geographic center of the St. Paul/Minneapolis interstate highway system and adjacent to the University’s athletic and bio-discovery facilities. Towerside is the only duly designated innovation district in the Twin Cities with the intent to mix entrepreneurs, residents, researchers, developers and businesses with a new, restorative, healthy and arts-inspired community. Learn more about this national model for developing a thriving equitable urban community.

UPPER HARBOR TERMINAL

Exploring: Health & Wellness, Equitable Development, Creative Placemaking

Located along the Mississippi River, between the Lowry Avenue and Camden bridges, the site is the largest remaining single-owner development opportunity along the River in Minneapolis. The 48+ acre site, just over two miles from downtown in North Minneapolis, overlaps with a Minneapolis Green Zone. The initiative is a place-based policy initiative aimed at improving health and supporting economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution, as well as social, political and economic vulnerability.  Come envision how this site will be transformed from its historic use as a barge shipping terminal to a combination of riverfront park amenities and more.

GETTING ON BOARD: DESIGNING ST. PAUL'S FORD SITE & ALLIANZ FIELD

Exploring: Resilience, District Energy + Water, Creative Placemaking

This studio session features a multi-modal tour that examines the experiences and lessons learned in St. Paul while engaging community around three catalytic projects. We will take the Green Line (complete) to Allianz Field (in construction) and the Ford Site (in design). As the soccer stadium is completed nearby, and Ford's former Twin Cities Assembly Plant is redeveloped in the coming years, a 21st Century Community will emerge on the 135 acres of land situated along the Mississippi River. The vision for the site is a connected, livable, mixed-use neighborhood that looks to the future with clean technologies and high quality design for energy, buildings and infrastructure. Bring your ideas to this studio session to help project leaders shape how these sites will be woven into the existing community and are reshaping their city.

SCOPING THE DISTRICT: ENERGY AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BEYOND THE BUILDING

Exploring: District Energy + Water

Working at the district scale provides opportunities to think beyond the building, especially when it comes to looking at energy and water infrastructure. Learn from experienced practitioners as they share case studies of world-class systems, financing and ownership models, system design, and methods to build critical cross-sector partnerships and help you understand if district systems are right for your project.. In the afternoon, an emerging EcoDistrict Certified project will present on their neighborhood, and the group will dig into design, scoping and feasibility for a real world scenario. This studio is delivered in partnership with Biohabitats and Evergreen Energy.

PETE MUÑOZ
Senior Engineer, Biohabitats

NINA AXELSON
Vice President, Public Relations, Ever-Green Energy

RECONNECTING RONDO

Exploring: Resilience, Equitable Development, Creative Placemaking

ReConnectRondo is pursing the realization of a Rondo Land Bridge (RLB) to advance opportunity in and to reconnect the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul torn apart by the construction of Interstate 94. Join us for an interactive workshop with community members featuring hands on asset mapping, and development of a roadmap to create opportunities that uplift the public health, economic, housing and social conditions of these communities and ensure a higher quality of life.

GLENWOOD/PLYMOUTH CORRIDOR

Exploring: Equitable Development, Creative Placemaking, Resilience

What happens when a resident takes the redevelopment of their community into their own hands? Join us for this inspiring studio session in Minneapolis's Glenwood and Plymouth corridors, formerly heavily polluted industrial districts near downtown that are experiencing a development boom thanks to public and private investments in real estate and transit. This session will explore the challenge associated with redeveloping a neighborhood with multiple property owners into one with a cohesive vision that provides community members with workforce development opportunities, clean energy, and affordable housing.

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WEDNESDAY // BLOCK PARTY

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

EcoDistricts Block Party

La Doña Cervecería • 241 Fremont Ave N • Minneapolis, MN 55405 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

We will take the Summit outdoors and to La Doña for an evening of music, food, Minnesota libations, great conversation, and soccer! La Doña, a taproom and entertainment space fusing Latin culture and The North, just opened its doors this summer in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis--a neighborhood we'll explore during a studio session earlier in the day. One of the region's emerging breweries, we are proud to have them as a host for this year’s Block Party.

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THURSDAY // PROGRAM

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Breakout Sessions + Plenaries: Reimagining Your Toolbox

McNamara Alumni Center • 200 SE Oak St. • Minneapolis, MN 55455

Day two features carefully curated conversations on how to form, launch and accelerate district scale sustainability. We will explore innovative district financing, public policy and setting your course to meaningful district outcomes. Also hear how a diverse mix of districts have achieved compelling results in equity, resilience and climate protection across the U.S. and internationally.

7:30am - 8:30am

BREAKFAST + REGISTRATION

8:30am - 9:15am

Rob BennettMORNING INSPIRATION: THE MOVEMENT TO REIMAGINE CITIES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD UP

Rob Bennett, CEO, EcoDistricts

McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

9:15am - 10:15am

MORNING PLENARY: EQUITABLE, SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS AT A REGIONAL SCALE

In an era when community leaders are trying to do more with less, we need new models for collaboration and measurable outcomes. The EcoDistricts Protocol has now informed hundreds of projects around the world. Nationally, there are several regions with established EcoDistricts that are now inspiring and growing a cohort of like-minded communities, ready to take ownership over their future. Hear from a diverse set of cross sector leaders who are building place-based movements for equitable, sustainable neighborhood development in their home towns. While there is still significant work to be done, the Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Seattle regions demonstrate exciting progress towards community governance and leadership towards equitable, sustainable outcomes.

CLAIRE BONHAM-CARTER
Principal, AECOM

JOEL SISOLAK
Senior Director of Sustainability & Planning, Capitol Hill Housing

CHRISTINE MONDOR
Principal, evolveEA

IRWIN LOWENSTEIN
President, ReThink Advisors, Inc.

ERIN FLYNN
Founding Board Chair, Interim Executive Director, Portland Innovation Quadrant

10:15am - 10:45am

WATER BREAKS

Yo Mama's Watering (W)hole - WATER BREAK ft. WATER BAR

Artist and community elder Amoke Kubat will work with Water Bar & Public Studio throughout the Summit to present Yo Mama's Watering (W)hole, a space for serving local water to inform guests about the connections between water, care, community, and wellness in Minnesota, focusing on water issues facing low-income mothers and women of color. Don't worry, coffee and tea will be available also!

Learn More about Water Bar

10:45am - 12:15pm

THURSDAY // RESILIENCE TED TALKS

Resilience Rapid Fire Talks

Get inspired by innovative approaches, big and small, to addressing resilience as a core facet of neighborhood- and district-scale redevelopment projects. A series of high-powered speakers will share their experiences pursing development with a broad lens that prepares for social, economic and environmental shocks and stresses.

BUILDING URBAN RESILIENCE: LESSONS IN INNOVATION

Lisa Prime, Principal, Prime Strategy & Planning

This session will focus on key strategies to success in collaboration and partnerships to advance innovation at community scale. Explore strategies and practices to advance policy, programs and development driven solutions for urban resiliency and low-carbon development. Learn from the best leadership examples from projects that are approaching collaboration, and leave with specific actions for change.

TRANSITION TOWNS: BRINGING COMMUNITY TO THE TABLE

Leslie MacKenzie, Organizer, Transition Twin Cities

For projects requiring community in-reach, program developers typically work with established nonprofits to bring participants to the table. In the sphere of climate mitigation and climate adaptation, few nonprofits exist and those that do operate on a policy level. The exception is Transition Towns: grassroots social networks with a solutions focus. Transition is a global movement operating with hyper-local chapters that share information, and build skills and community while taking action on carbon reduction and food and climate resilience. By partnering with these (mostly informal) organizations, program developers can bring the power of social norms and networks to their project.

INTERCONNECTED RELATIONSHIPS: DISTRICT SCALE RESILIENCE

Mike Hill, Associate/Design Resilience Leader, Gensler

This session will dive into how resilient communities and districts are formed and developed. Learn how to interconnect relationships to create a more robust resilient network through case studies and examples. Participants will then engage in hands-on resilience connection mapping around the districts which they are representing. This will include identifying key assets and staging of these assets, public support and outreach, rapid ready response, performing SWOT analysis, performing rapid visual screening surveys, and identifying and mitigating potential hazards.

ENVISIONING EQUITABLE AND RESILIENT URBAN VILLAGES

Tom Llewellyn, Strategic Partnerships Director, Shareable

A quick web search for "urban village" will refer you to an urban planning concept of residences clustered near shops and offices. But villages, both urban and rural, are traditionally much more than just a physical space. They’re a network of relationships; a community of interrelated people. In this “World Cafe” style workshop you’ll participate in a series of iterative conversations to envision a place-based urban community where people cooperate to meet one another’s many needs, be they residential, economic, governmental, or social. Moreover, we’ll explore the necessary steps to get there.

WHAT ECODISTRICTS CAN LEARN FROM INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS

Dan Slone, Partner/Founder, Vertical Vision

Many of the conservation of resource themes of ecodistricts were explored in detail decades ago as part of the eco industrial or industrial symbiosis movement and still have relevance and applicability today.
Eco industrial parks were developed all over the world, and industrial symbiosis was utilized by many manufacturers, creating beneficial relationships through the use of waste products as inputs in other industrial processes. Some of these parks used governance approaches to require environmental and social equity performance by tenants. This session will extract some of the many lessons on the opportunities and risks of beneficial relationships which are sought in projects pursuing EcoDistricts Certified today.

10:45am - 12:15pm

THURSDAY // MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Morning Breakout Sessions

ACCELERATING FUNDING FOR PROJECTS TO ADVANCE PROTOCOL GOALS

This session will identify pre-development planning processes that communities can use to identify financing and funding sources to accelerate implementation of projects will provide important benefits in urban neighborhoods including equity, resilience, and climate protection. The session will include speakers engaged in assembling capital to finance important Protocol-priority infrastructure such as affordable housing, development that provides employment opportunities in neighborhoods with limited opportunities, and green infrastructure for stormwater management.

MICHAEL MATICHICH
Practice Lead, Financial Services Consulting, Jacobs

DENA BELZER
President, Strategic Economics

NATALLIE KEISER,
Senior Associate, Community Economic Development and Neighborhood Transformation, Annie E Casey Foundation

GAMES & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community engagement is an essential part of EcoDistrict planning because it enhances the community’s long-term ability to shape their own environment. Communities need to understand roles, rules, and anticipate future outcomes in order to make informed decisions. Games and simulations are ideally suited for community engagement because they allow citizens to adopt different roles, understand the rules that organize phenomena in their community, and provide a low risk means of testing different scenarios and understand the results.
Attendees will learn how to effectively use and create games and simulations to advance community understanding. The session will demonstrate different types of games and simulations and discuss methods for constructing a game.

ANNA ROSENBLUM
Senior Project Manager, EvolveEA

THE POWER OF CREATIVE PLACEMAKING

Across the country, communities of all sizes have adopted “creative placemaking” to bring new life to underused public spaces, spark economic growth, drive community engagement and enhance overall quality of life. From free concerts in public parks to mural projects in vacant lots to interactive art in downtown squares, the benefits of creative placemaking projects are numerous—activating underused public spaces equals foot traffic which often drives economic activity, reduces crime, amplifies community pride and builds social cohesion. Join three national creative placemaking leaders for an engaging panel exploring case studies and lessons learned in revitalizing urban spaces through placemaking.

SHARON YAZOWSKI
Executive Director, Levitt Foundation

LAURA ZABEL
Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

JIM WALKER
CEO, Co-founder, & Lead Artist, Big Car Collaborative

REBUILDING A COMMUNITY FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE

‘Rebuild Green’ is a dominant theme echoing throughout California communities devastated by recent natural disasters. This is a call to create districts and communities that are more sustainable and resilient in the face of these increasingly frequent climate-driven catastrophes. This session, presented by ‘Rebuild Green’ leaders in California’s North Bay Area, will cover a broad range of sustainability and resiliency initiatives that have sprung up in response to this call, including a Rebuild Green Expo, ‘advanced energy’ utility incentives, a community microgrid project, participatory public planning workshops, and workforce green building training programs – and all using replicable models.

ANN EDMINSTER
Founder/principal, Design AVEnues LLC

GREG THOMSON
Director, Community Microgrid Initiative, Clean Coalition

OREN WOOL
Executive Director, Sustainable North Bay

BALANCING FUTURE CLIMATE ADAPTATION & URGENT COMMUNITY NEEDS

San Leandro Bay, one of the Bay Area Resilient Bay Design Challenge sites faces a mix of affordability, inequity, air quality, sea level rise and ground water flooding issues. The team worked with stakeholders to design the ABC Toolkit, made up of our In-It-Together Game (a game that explores adaptation strategies to achieve greater local resilience), and the Community Resilience Investment Decision-Making Tool (a framework to evaluate co-benefits of different investment choices). The session, led by team and community representatives, will describe the toolkit, and the longer term design ideas to adapt the landscape to rising groundwater and sea level rise, and to stitch back together an urban fabric divided by highways.

CLAIRE BONHAM-CARTER
Principal, AECOM

MARQUITA PRICE
Urban and Regional Planning Officer, East Oakland Collective

PAUL PENINGER
Principal, AECOM

A Comparative Approach to City and Community Scale Metrics: Choosing the Framework that Fits Best

There are an increasing number of frameworks designed to support sustainable, healthy and equitable community development including EcoDistricts, LEED for Cities, WELL Community Standard, and Living Community Challenge. We will address how they compare, when each should be used, and objective metrics such as baseline requirements and cost.

ALAN SCOTT
Senior Associate, WSP

JOHN MLADE
Senior Project Manager, Sustainable & Healthy Environments, Wight & Company

NELS NELSON
Senior Planner, Stantec's Urban Places

Health Equity at Scale: The Ultimate Measure of Success

EcoDistricts are uniquely positioned to combat chronic disease root causes and improve resilience through the power of design and community development. Learn how health research and inclusive engagement can translate into responsive, evidence-based actions for communities, developers, and designers to improve every day human experience. This session will focus on 10+ years of experience implementing the Healthy Living Initiative (HLI) holistic approach and how health promotion practice is evolving to address equity and the loneliness epidemic. Using the Sun Valley EcoDistrict as a case study, we will introduce the HLI framework for how the district, infrastructure, buildings, programs, and operations can all improve healthy living and resilience. We will share how methods and partnerships have changed -- to include health equity analysis, integrated design and health analytics, and social cohesion strategies -- to create systems level change and maximize impact.

ERIN CHRISTENSEN ISHIZAKI
Partner, Mithun

12:15pm - 1:45pm

THURSDAY // LUNCH

Lunch: EcoDistricts in Action

Across the nation, projects are embracing EcoDistricts Certified as a powerful way to move projects from vision to reality. As you grab a bite on Thursday afternoon, experience this series of motivating talks on the various ways in which EcoDistricts Certified projects are 1) committing to equity, resilience and climate protection at the heart of every decision; 2) forming collaborative governance; 3) creating implementation roadmaps; and 4) measuring impact over time.

EAST HARBOUR: CONNECTING ART, COMMERCE AND HEALTHY LIVING

Nadia Yen, Director, Green Development (East Harbour), First Gulf

Located on a 60-acre site next to Toronto’s downtown core, East Harbour is the largest commercial development currently planned in Canada. Once complete, this 12.5 million square foot development will employ more than 50,000 people, with a multi-modal transit hub connecting five major transit lines. East Harbour will be at the cutting edge of sustainability, deploy leading-edge technology, and will have a highly walk-able and bike-able public realm. East Harbour will be a catalyst for critical infrastructure projects, and will transform a previously inaccessible, industrial site into a world-class centre for art, commerce, and healthy living.

TEACHING AN ECODISTRICT TO “FISH”

Sarah Heinicke, Executive Director, Lloyd EcoDistrict

Lloyd EcoDistrict is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing together a whole community to advance sustainability in the Lloyd neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. In 2014, they started working with building owners and managers to explore how they could collaborate to reduce energy consumption in Lloyd. To advance toward an ambitious district goal of “no net increase in energy consumption through 2035,” they developed a set of 15 actions the district would implement over the next five years. This discussion examines how Lloyd EcoDistrict has successfully harnessed the power of collaboration with neighborhood businesses, owners, managers, nonprofits and community partners to create community partners and stakeholders who are leading and developing sustainability projects on their own.

PREVENTING CLIMATE GENTRIFICATION IN LITTLE HAITI

Serge Rodriguez, Co-Founder, First Haitian Heritage Museum and the Greater Miami Eco-districts Corp.

Less than five miles north of the bustling downtown Miami development scene and nestled adjacent to world renowned Miami Design District, the vibrant Little Haiti neighborhood stands out as an authentic reflection of the diversity of Miami’s cultural heritage. Approximately 3.5 square miles in size, this historic revitalization initiative will identify and prioritize key aspects of the re-emerging Little Haiti neighborhood that can collectively serve as a portfolio of assets that will help cultivate the community’s long-term socioeconomic and cultural vitality. As the first of its kind in Miami and in the broader South Florida region, the Little Haiti Ecodistrict can become a model for legacy protocols that will facilitate responsible neighborhood development in other underserved communities.

LOCAL ENGAGEMENT AND STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION IN BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC BEACH

Matthew Winter, President, beautifulPB

This presentation covers the formation and registration of the Pacific Beach EcoDistrict, one of the few all nonprofit EcoDistricts. The discussion focuses on organizational strategies with both local non-profit, for-profit, and agency stakeholders for a true overall community collaboration to advance community scale and community identity projects, such as murals, artwork, rain barrels, bike paths, education programs, workshops, and more.

1:45pm - 3:15pm

THURSDAY // INTERNATIONAL TED TALKS

International Rapid Fire Talks

Beyond the U.S. the concept of ensuring the best outcomes in sustainability and equity through neighborhood- and district-scale development is spreading. With this series of rapid fire talks, learn how projects are approaching this work across the globe.

BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT: DISTRICT-SCALE WORK AROUND THE WORLD

Tom Osdoba, Senior Cities Advisor, Climate-KIC

The past decade has seen the emergence of community-scale work, a deepening of meaning around urban regeneration, and some assembly of tools and resources to support the work. This session provides an international perspective. While EcoDistricts and the Protocol have gained global reach, other organizations share our goal of building the movement. See how this growing global community of practice and support organizations relate to each and fit together.

WHEN GREEN IS A SYNONYM OF HAPPINESS: A GLOBAL APPLICATION OF A ZERO NET ENERGY COMMUNITY IN DUBAI

Nermin Dessouky, Graduate Researcher, University of California Davis

A Sustainable community might only attract likeminded individuals with similar values, but regardless of our values, everyone wants to live in a happy community. The session will showcase ‘The Sustainable City’ a 50-hectare sustainable neighborhood located in Dubai UAE. The session will determine the lessons learned through promoting a culture of sustainability in the community while dealing with the unique social and climatic conditions of the region. The session will discuss concepts of localizing sustainability concepts, place branding and sustainable lifestyle in nonwestern contexts.

HOW THE SOCIAL VALUE AGENDA IS DRIVING BETTER DEVELOPMENT IN THE UK

Sophia Cox, Sustainability Advisor, UKGBC

Measuring and quantifying the value that new development brings to the local community is a vital part of making the case for better places. In the UK the social value agenda is being using by progressive parts of the real estate industry and the public sector as a lever and a framework for driving better outcomes from new development. This includes adopting the use of financial values to non-financial outcomes. This session will look at some case studies of UK-based projects which are leading the way and discuss how the agenda is changing the thinking in the industry to be more outcomes-focused, before reflecting on the power that quantifying the social benefits of new development could have around t

COMMUNITY CHARTERED DEVELOPMENT IN VIÑA DEL MAR, CHILE

Tim Murphy, Principal, Regenesis Group

Too often, developers and the communities that surround them regard one another other as enemies to be defeated. But what if the process of development could be a force for enabling a community to upgrade its own vision for itself? This question is being explored through an ongoing project in Viña del Mar, Chile where a developer, facing opposition from two dozen independent community and neighborhood groups, made a radical shift in their approach, engaging stakeholders in a process of discovering their own unspoken aspirations for community-wide health, wealth, and resilience.

1:45pm - 3:15pm

THURSDAY // AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Google Bay View - Innovative Geo-Energy Piles

Google’s new campus at Bay View is utilizing an innovative method to heat and cool our new office buildings by using the thermal capacity of the ground to absorb or reject heat. The project team has developed an innovative “next generation” campus energy solution that has stellar environmental performance utilizing the building’s structural pile foundation system as low-grade thermal energy source and sink. This integrated system reduces both carbon and water use, meets project budgets by utilizing structural elements for heating and cooling, and enables high quality indoor environmental performance goals for the quality of space inside the buildings. This “Geo-Energy Pile” system will be one of the largest in the world.

ERIC SOLRAIN
US West Engineering Design Leader, Integral Group

VLAD MIKLER
Principal, Innovation Director, Integral Group

ASIM TAHIR
Project Executive - Building Systems and Energy, Google

THOMAS KLEIN
Project Manager, Whiting-Turner

ACHIEVING EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT: IS BETTER CAPITAL AN ANSWER

Our cities face a deepening crisis of land cost. Rents - both retail and housing - are on the rise as is the price of buying a home or building. These trends are drastically changing the faces and spaces that call our cities home. But what causes this and what can be done? Spoiler - it isn’t just about the old economic supply and demand ratios. We want to present a radical idea of changing the way we look at and finance development in our cities. This talk will take attendees through a journey on some of the main drivers of high development prices as well as explore integrated capital alternatives: How does current capital shape inequitable cities? Extractive vs integrated capital: what is it? What are tangible ways integrated capital can help your city?

NIKISHKA IYENGAR
Founder & CEO, The Guild

MELONIE THARPE
Chief Operating Officer, The Guild

NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DAYS: CULTIVATING SUSTAINABLE CHANGE

Want to magnify your community’s progress towards its equity, resilience, and climate goals? Still learning who your community members are? Wherever your community is in terms of building social capital and working towards a more sustainable future, the National Neighborhoods Days movement can help you accelerate progress! National Neighborhoods Days is a national initiative to accelerate sustainability at the neighborhood scale by convening two neighborhood events per year: a spring meeting and a fall party. Join this workshop to learn everything you need to bring National Neighborhoods Days to your community in 2019! Bring your ideas, leave with a plan!

Doug Farr
Founding Principal, Farr Associates

CULTURAL RESILIENCE: MORE-THAN-SURVIVAL GUIDE

Learn how community development groups are applying Cultural Resilience Principles generated from research on climate resilience, creative placemaking, and public health. Give feedback on a tool being developed to guide others in building cultural resilience in their projects and communities.

NELLA YOUNG
Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners

MEGHAN VENABLE-THOMAS
Cultural Resilience Fellow, Enterprise Community Partners

PROACTIVELY IMPLEMENTING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN PROGRAM EXECUTION

Commitment to the values embedded in the EcoDistricts protocols is important but not sufficient to ensure that progress will occur. This session will show how specific protocol social justice goals, such as engagement, inclusion and access to opportunity as jobs and workforce training programs are created, can be translated into specific measurable tactics that can be embedded within contract documents and tracked for progress as capital programs are implemented. It will show how large-scale infrastructure programs can be connected with neighborhood, district-level efforts and organizations to amplify and target the community benefits to locations where they are most needed.

VICTORIA JOHNSON
Water Equity Program Consultant, Jacobs

JOSEPH DANKO
Managing Director, City Solutions, Jacobs

TONY PARROTT
Executive Director, Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District

HARLAN KELLY
General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

JULIET ELLIS
Chief Strategy Officer and Assistant General Manager for External Affairs, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

REGENERATIVE SAN FRANCISCO

This panel will focus on San Francisco’s recent exploration of regenerative urbanism in its Central SoMa neighborhood and explore the promise regenerative urbanism holds for quickly shifting from a net-negative to a net-positive urban system performance via cross-scale innovations in urban form, land-use planning, new technologies and utilities, and associated governance models.

CHARLES KELLEY
Principal, ZGF Architects

MELANIE NUTTER
Founder, Nutter Consulting

JOSHUA FOSS
Founder & CEO, Regencia

SCOTT EDMONDSON
Strategic Sustainability Planner-Economist, City of San Francisco Planning Department

3:15pm - 3:45pm

WATER BREAKS

Yo Mama's Watering (W)hole - WATER BREAK ft. WATER BAR

Artist and community elder Amoke Kubat will work with Water Bar & Public Studio throughout the Summit to present Yo Mama's Watering (W)hole, a space for serving local water to inform guests about the connections between water, care, community, and wellness in Minnesota, focusing on water issues facing low-income mothers and women of color. Don't worry, coffee and tea will be available also!

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3:45pm - 5:00pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE: REIMAGINING CITIES FROM THE LOCAL TO THE GLOBAL

6:30pm - 9:30pm

SPONSORED NETWORKING DINNERS

FRIDAY // BOARD MEETING

Friday, October 19, 2018

EcoDistricts Board Meeting

McNamara Alumni Center

Our Board Members believe that within every neighborhood and district lies the opportunity to design truly innovative, scalable solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing city makers today: income, education and health disparities; blight and ecological degradation; the growing threat of climate change; and rapid urban growth. The Board will convene after the summit for their annual in person meeting.