This event was held Nov. 2-3.
ABOUT THE FORUM The Forum will highlight emerging outcomes of sustainability research and cutting edge trends in sustainability practice and policy. Presentations by leading national and international speakers will address:
- Connecting urban ecosystem science with social and economic sustainability
- Federal and state-level sustainability policy
- Overcoming disconnects between sustainability research and practice
Insightful panels and networking opportunities will inform a translational research agenda – to ensure a closer connection between re-search priorities and urban sustainability practice.
- Keynotes by Carol Howe, former manager of UNESCO’s SWITCH (Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities’ Health) program; and Cam Gorden (Minneapolis City Council)
- Research presentations by leading national academic sustainability experts – Anu Ramaswami (University of Colorado), John Randolph (Virginia Tech), and Michael Boswell (California Polytechnic State University) with a follow-on response panel including Gayle Prest (City of Minneapolis Sustainability Director) and Jim Erkel (Director of MCEA’s Land Use and Transportation Program)
- Panel discussion on the Federal Sustainability Partnership, with representatives from HUD (Mariia Zimmerman), EPA (John Frece), and FHWA ( Derrell Turner); followed by panel perspectives from Minnesota state agencies – MDH (Linda Bruemmer), Met Council (Guy Peterson) and MNDOT (Nick Thompson).
- Panel discussion on U of M centers on translational research – Laurie McGinnis (CTS), Ed Goetz (CURA), John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Research), and Tim Smith (IonE’s Northstar Initiative)
- Presentations on sustainability research by U of M researchers (Yingling Fan, Larry Baker, and Julian Marshall).
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Planners, water and natural resource managers, engineers, urban ecologists, and others interested in urban sustainability practice or research.
For more information: Contact co-organizers Lawrence A. Baker, Dept. of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering (email@example.com) and Carissa Schively Slotterback, Urban & Regional Planning Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The event is funded by the McKnight Foundation, National Science Foundation, U of M Center for Transportation Studies, and U of M Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.