2018 Program – District Energy & Water

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District Energy + Water Track

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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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 Cities 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

SHAUEN PEARCE
Economic Development and Inclusion Policy Director to Mayor Jacob Frey, City of Minneapolis

LAURA ZABEL
Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

RUSS STARK
Chief Resilience Officer, City of St. Paul

MONTE HILLEMAN
Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, St. Paul Port Authority

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

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.

ENABLING RESILIENT AND CLEAN POWER SOLUTIONS – SOLAR + ENERGY STORAGE

Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, downing roughly 80 percent of the island’s power transmission lines and leaving millions of citizens without power for months. The loss of critical facilities, such as hospitals, shelters, grocery stores, water treatment plants, and communication and financial services can be as devastating as the initial disaster. Municipal officials and corporate service providers have a responsibility to minimize these threats to public health and safety. In this rapid fire talk, we discuss the power behind resilient solar + energy storage systems, and how to move your project from idea to business case development, project structuring, and procurement to promote a more resilient energy future for all.

CHRIS FARR
Project Manager, Energy & Power Solutions Group

ANDY SOLBERG
Global Technology Leader, Facility Modeling and Analytics, Jacobs

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunchtime Panel • Building Equity Through Empathy: Affordable Housing

Sisters Kimberly and Taneka embark on a journey across Minneapolis to reflect on the different housing situations their family encountered in the last 20+ years. On the journey they touch on 6 different housing arrangements and scenarios many individuals in Minneapolis currently live with. The session facilitates open a dialogue about how urban development, housing policy and overall human experience play a role in the outcomes of housing situations 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.

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

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WEDNESDAY // BLOCK PARTY

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

EcoDistricts Block Party

La Doña Cervecería • 241 Fremont Ave N • Minneapolis, MN 55405 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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 // MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Morning Breakout Sessions

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

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 // 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

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!

Learn More about Water Bar

3:45pm - 5:00pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE: REIMAGINING CITIES FROM THE LOCAL TO THE GLOBAL

6:30pm - 9:30pm

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