2018 Program – Health & Wellness

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Health & Wellness 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 health & wellness issues facing city makers today.

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 // 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.

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

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.

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.

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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 // MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Morning Breakout Sessions

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.

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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