2016 Program

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Conference Program

This September 13-15, urban leaders worldwide will convene in Denver CO to explore how district-scale innovation can help address some of most critical issues facing city makers today.

 

PROGRAM // TUESDAY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall • 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy • Denver, CO 80204

 

Cracking Open Denver's Vibrancy Story

On day one of the Summit, we will unpack Denver’s unique contributions to world-class sustainable urban development by showcasing main stage plenary examples of catalytic place making, health districts, scaling connectivity, civic innovation and net zero design. Keynotes, TED talk style presentations and rapid-fire interview panels will be interspersed with compelling, international stories of citizen activation and urban revitalization.

8:00am - 9:00am

REGISTRATION + BREAKFAST

9:00am - 9:15am

Morning Inspiration: The Case for Urban Vibrancy

The Summit kicks off with a dose of inspiring stories from the neighborhoods and leaders building vibrancy across North America.

9:15am - 9:45am

Opening Keynote: Ryan Gravel - Where We Want to Live

After decades of sprawl, many American city and suburban residents struggle with issues related to traffic (and its accompanying challenges for our health and productivity), divided neighborhoods, and a non-walkable life. Urban designer Ryan Gravel makes a case for how we can change this in his new book "Where We Want to Live." Cities have the capacity to create a healthier, more satisfying way of life by remodeling and augmenting their infrastructure in ways that connect neighborhoods and communities. Gravel came up with a way to do just that in his hometown with the Atlanta Beltline project. Learn about his approach to catalytic neighborhood development projects in this inspiring Summit opening keynote.

9:45am - 10:45am

Master Speaker Series: Catalytic Placemaking

Denver has successfully overcome its history as a fragmented downtown disconnected from its highly suburbanized neighborhoods. It is now a city transformed — attracting a new generation of vibrant and diverse residents who want to live and work in the heart of the city. In this session, cross sector contributors explore Denver’s placemaking efforts across Union Station, LoDo District, Santa Fe Arts District, RiNo District and more. Hear first hand how a robust group of practitioners, city leaders and community engagement advocates collectively contributed to Denver’s rise to successful urban regeneration.

10:45am - 11:15am

NETWORKING BREAK

Exhibitor Hall Open

11:15am - 12:15pm

Master Speaker Series: Connectivity

Denver is a leader in shared mobility and public transit infrastructure design that has had a positive impact on the connectivity of the city and quality of life for its residents. We’ll explore public, private and civic perspectives on Denver’s connectivity success story.

12:15pm - 1:30pm

 75-MINUTE LUNCH • EXHIBITOR HALL OPEN

A showcase of Denver's culinary and entrepreneurial diversity is waiting to be explored just outside the Denver Art Museum. Dine from one of 30 of the best food trucks from the Denver region in Civic Center park with cuisines that include Asian, Cajun & Creole, Latin, Mediterranean, and Italian. Enjoy live music amongst the tree-covered seating or at the outdoor amphitheater.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Master Speaker Series: Civic Innovation

The face of economic prosperity in cities throughout North America is rapidly changing. Here we tap into the Denver's transformation into one of the most dynamic economies in the country. We'll explore multiple partnerships and initatives that are driving an evolved economy that has attracted a surge of technology startups, produced significant job growth gains, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

NETWORKING BREAK, EXHIBITOR HALL OPEN

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Master Speaker Series: Health

In this compelling session, we speak with cross sector leaders to unpack Denver’s progress in achieving respectable rankings in city walkability, bike-friendly infrastructure and public park design. We’ll ask big questions about how to overcome key financing barriers while addressing equity gaps in food security and environmental justice across diverse neighborhoods.

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Master Speaker Series: Moving Toward Net Zero

Since publication of its original Climate Action Plan in 2007, Denver has continued to lead in municipal climate planning and the prioritization of green infrastructure development. With its 2013 release of 2020 Sustainability Goals and 2015 Climate Action Plan, Denver has become a model city in net zero infrastructure, water conservation and energy efficiency. A international panel of energy, water and climate mitigation experts will identify what Denver’s climate mitigation story can offer cities worldwide.

7:00pm - 10:30pm

ECODISTRICTS BLOCK PARTY

Join a unique outdoor networking experience and celebration of urban vibrancy with appetizers, New Belgium Brewing craft brews, and local wine.

PROGRAM // WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall • 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy • Denver, CO 80204
History Colorado Center • 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

 

Expanding Your Vibrancy Toolbox: Studio Sessions

Get ready to take action. Our day two Studio Sessions boast 12 carefully curated conversations on how to form, launch, and accelerate district scale sustainability. Dive deeply into effective models of district Formation including success stories in community engagement, governance and community assessment. Explore innovative district financing, public policy, and setting your course to meaningful district outcomes. And, finally, hear how a diverse mix of districts have achieved compelling results in equity, resilience and climate protection.

8:00am - 9:00am

BREAKFAST

Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Keynote:  The Vibrant(Cities) Movement Launch

We'll kick off day two with an exciting presentation from EcoDistricts, CEO, Rob Bennett, who will reveal the global launch of EcoDistricts' Certification and Accreditation.

10:00am - 10:30am

 NETWORKING BREAK

10:30am - 12:00pm

Studio Sessions:  Formation Track

Dive deeply into effective models of district Formation, exploring success stories in community engagement, governance, and community assessment. Choose from four unique 75-minute sessions stationed at the History Colorado Center of Denver Art Museum.

Right to Root Recipe: Overcoming the Push/Pull Factors of Displacement through Equitable Development
  • Cat Goughnour, Founder and Principal, Radix Consulting Group, LLC
  • Nwamaka Agbo, New Economy Innovation Fellow, Movement Strategy Center
  • Antwi Akom, Executive Director, I-SEEED/ Associate Professor, San Francisco State University
Resilience Planning at the District Scale
  • Jeb Brugmann, Managing Partner, The Next Practice Ltd
  • Saharnaz Mirzazad, Urban Policy Program Officer, ICLEI USA
Bottom Up Community Activation for District-Scale Success
  • Anna Rosenblum, Project Manager, evolveEA
  • Christine Mondor, Principal, evolveEA
  • Zaheen Hussain, Millvale Sustainability Coordinator, Millvale Community Library
Beyond TIF: a Finance Model for the Phoenix Gateway and Beyond
  • Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers, LLC
  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Curt Upton, Senior City Planner, City of Denver, Community Planning and Development

12:00pm - 1:30pm

90-MINUTE LUNCH

Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Studio Sessions:  Roadmap Track

Explore the keys to effective district financing, public policy, and setting your course to meaningful district outcomes. Choose from four unique 75-minute sessions stationed at the History Colorado Center of Denver Art Museum.

Healthy Communities, Designed
  • Neil Sullivan, Sr. Master Planner, Gensler
  • Matthew Raimi, Principal, Raimi + Associates
  • Claudia Carol, Senior Associate, Gensler
  • Evelyn Kasongo, Ward 8 Neighborhood Planner, DC Office of Planning
A Just Transition to Clean Energy and Climate Resilience
  • Laureen Boles, Civil Engineer and Environmental Planner, E4Progress Planning and Engineering
  • Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director, Center for the Urban Environment, Thomas Edison State College
  • Jacqueline Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
Water Infrastructure: Triumphs and Tears
  • Pete Munoz, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats
  • Josh Radoff, Principal, YR&G
  • Scott Bevan, Principal, PAE
Leading Energy System Transformations in the Mile High City and Beyond

3:00pm - 3:30pm

 
NETWORKING BREAK + TRANSITION TO DENVER ART MUSEUM, PONTI HALL

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Studio Sessions:  Performance Track

Enhance your toolbox with case studies and world-class examples of continually raising the bar in district performance across equity, resilience and climate protection. Choose from four unique 75-minute sessions stationed at the History Colorado Center of Denver Art Museum.

Finding a Common Language: Performance Metrics for District-Scale Success
  • Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • Debra Guenther, Partner + Landscape Architect, Mithun
  • Katharine Burgess, Director, Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute
  • Anna Cawrse, Associate, Design Workshop
EcoDistricts Live and Learn / Try and Tell
  • Lisa J. Fisher, Urban Planner, Sustainable City Team, San Francisco Planning Department
  • Lisa Chen, Urban Planner / Sustainable City Team, San Francisco Planning Department
  • Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director, SPUR
Tales from Across the Pond: Successful Urban Regeneration in Amsterdam and Sweden
  • Paul Crane, Principal Landscape Architect, Atelier Crane
  • Matthijs Bouw, Principal, One Architecture
  • Travis Bunt, New York Director, One Architecture and Urbanism
Austin’s Steampunk District Comes Clean

6:00pm - 9:00pm

SPONSORED NETWORKING DINNERS

PROGRAM // THURSDAY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 

Various Greater Denver Locations

 

Vibrancy in Action: Mobile Tours

Cap off your Summit experience by kicking the tires with some of Denver’s most successful districts and neighborhoods. Our robust mobile walking tours give you first hand access to key leaders and sites across Denver’s sustainable development movement. 

8:00am - 9:00am

BREAKFAST + TOUR REGISTRATION

History Colorado Center

9:00am - 12:00pm

URBANLAB MOBILE TOURS

Cap off your Summit experience by kicking the tires with tours to some of Denver’s most successful district and neighborhoods. Join compelling conversations with key leaders across Denver’s sustainable development movement.

CHERRY CREEK TRAIL & SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BIKE TOUR 

Exploring: Catalytic Projects, Connectivity, & Net ZED 

Join us for an interactive bicycle tour of the Cherry Creek Trail to explore some of Denver’s best examples of open space, placemaking, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure... LEARN MORE

RINO AND FIVE POINTS

Exploring: Catalytic Projects, Civic Innovation, & Equity

This tour will highlight the challenges and opportunities of development in the up-and-coming RiNo Arts District and the historic Five Points neighborhood... LEARN MORE

MARIPOSA, SUN VALLEY AND THE BIG WONDERFUL

Exploring: Connectivity, Catalytic Projects, & Equity

This tour will on the comprehensive affordable housing and development initiatives in the Mariposa and Sun Valley neighborhoods... LEARN MORE

UNION STATION & LOWER DOWNTOWN (LODO)

Exploring: Civic Innovation & Catalytic Projects

On this tour, participants will learn about the restoration of historic Union Station, its role as the transportation hub for the city, and Lower Downtown (LoDo), an historic downtown neighborhood that has been completely restored and renovated to make it one of the liveliest areas in the city... LEARN MORE

12:00pm - 12:30pm

30-MINUTE BOXED LUNCH + CONCLUSION OF SUMMIT

EcoDistricts Research Forum

SHOULDER EVENT (NO ADDITIONAL FEE TO PARTICIPATE)

9:00am - 5:00pm

The Research Symposium will gather 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 full Research Forum program

EcoDistricts Accredited Practitioner Training

SHOULDER EVENT

9:00am - 5:00pm

EcoDistricts Accreditation launches with a bang at the EcoDistricts Summit. Join your colleagues for this full day of education designed to prepare practitioners to sit for the EcoDistricts Accreditation exam. 

Our complete Accreditation Training program is currently under development. Please check back soon.