2018 Program – Resilience

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Resilience 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 resilience issues facing city makers today.

TUESDAY // PRE-SUMMIT

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

EcoDistricts Shoulder Programs + Research Forum

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.

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.

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.

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. They're a key ingredient to the resilient cities we have no choice but to create. And, when disaster strikes, they might just make the difference between communities falling apart or rallying together to meet the challenge at hand.

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

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

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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