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Sustainability



Building Community Resilience to Environmental Hazards

Monday, October 21 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Communities are counting on local governments to ensure that they are resilient to slow-moving hazards as well as acute shocks and stressors. Hear from Environmental Protection Agency staff about available resources, measurement tools, and approaches that can help local governments navigate community resilience strategies. 3, 6, 7, 14

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Jeff Cook, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
Speaker: Emily Eisenhauer, ORISE Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Washington, DC
Moderator: Andrew Geller, Deputy National Program Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Washington, DC
Speaker: Simon Markham, Manager Strategy & Engagement, Waimakariri District Council, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Speaker: Craig Middleton, City Manager, City of Belvedere, Belvedere, CA


Best Practices to Bring Solar to Low- and Middle-Income Communities

Monday, October 21 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Learn from the winners of the Department of Energy-sponsored Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition aimed at incentivizing innovation in developing new, scalable business models to expand solar particularly in low- and middle-income communities and for nonprofit entities.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Jeff Cook, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
Speaker: Ramsey Cripe, Consultant, Schneider Engineering, Ltd., College Station, TX
Speaker: Shubha Jaishankar, Technical Management Analyst, Department of Energy, Washington, DC
Speaker: Chris Jedd, Senior Development and Energy Manager, Denver City and County Housing Authority, Denver, CO


Recycling Is Broken: An Update on the Crisis

Monday, October 21 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Join this session to hear an update on the ongoing recycling crisis facing programs and municipalities across the United States. Republic Services will offer a view into current conditions as a complement to its highly attended webinars offered with ICMA. Presented by Republic Services.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Richard Coupland, Vice President, Municipal Sales, Republic Services, Inc., Phoenix, AZ


The Growing Fragility of Cities

Monday, October 21 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Resiliency, cybersecurity, and creating more sustainable places are all topics being discussed by local government practitioners and scholars. Could it be that as local governments are increasing reliance on technology that they are becoming more fragile in the absence of considering some of the socio-economic consequences? Join this roundtable to offer your thoughts and opinions.



Planning for Aging: Promising Practices

Monday, October 21 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Rapid population aging worldwide challenges local government infrastructures and services, yet the largest talent pool of experience in human history is also a community asset.AARP will share global, city-led innovations that support planning including equitable transportation, for all ages. 7, 8, 9, 10

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council, Mission, KS
Moderator: Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP, Washington, DC
Speaker: Jana Lynott, AARP, Washington, DC
Speaker: Per Røner, Chief Executive/City Manager, Municipality of Stevns, Store Heddinge, 85, DENMARK


Ennis, TX is First Texas City to Deploy Underground Solid Waste Containment and Collection Technology

Monday, October 21 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Come learn how Ennis Texas chose to Deploy the Cleaner, space saving automated Underground Solid Waste Containment and collection system. Ennis and Underground Refuse Systems Inc. are at the start of a public private partnership (P3) for this smarter, and better technology for the Southwestern United States.  

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Scott Dixon, Ennis, TX
Speaker: Benjamin Nibarger, Assistant City Manager, City of Ennis, Ennis, TX
Speaker: Jay Wheeler, Underground Refuse Systems, Kissimmee, FL


Building a Culture of Conservation with Smarter Energy Management

Tuesday, October 22 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Energy is vital for building thriving communities—creating comfortable facilities, fostering community development and growth, and empowering residents. It’s hard to know all the ways your energy is wasted, but one thing is certain: energy is expensive. Opportunities to conserve energy and be a better steward of resources are everywhere. Imagine if you could manage your entire energy and utilities ecosystem from a single, unified dashboard. How much could your jurisdiction save? And what could you do with those savings? Presented by Dude Solutions.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Luke Anderson, Applications Engineer, Dude Solutions , Cary, NC


Environmental Restoration, Ecosystems Services, and Community Revitalization

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Nature-based amenities are key contributors to community resilience and sense of place. Learn more about how communities around the Great Lakes have been able to measure the value of environmental restoration in a way that helped managers to optimize investments for social and economic good.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Andrew Geller, Deputy National Program Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Washington, DC
Speaker: Anne Neale, EnviroAtlas Project Lead , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Research Triangle Park, NC
Speaker: Christina Pastoria, Economic Analyst , Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, Lansing, MI


Integrating Hazard Mitigation Plans with Water Quality and Nature-Based Approaches

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Integrating proactive nature-based solutions into water resource management and hazard mitigation plans empowers communities to balance competing priorities and limited resources to reduce risk associated with increased urban development and the growing threat of natural disasters. Hear how The City of Denton, TX, has collaborated with EPA and FEMA to achieve the co-benefits of hazard mitigation and water quality planning in the rapidly developing Denton County and Lewisville Lake Watershed.


MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: David Hunter, Watershed Protection Manager, City of Denton, Denton, TX
Speaker: David Reazin, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 6PD-O, Dallas, TX


Calculating the Value of Parks: An Innovative Approach

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


One of the signatures of a vibrant, healthy community is a thriving parks and recreation system. Hear the story of Florida Recreation & Park Association’s work to a comprehensive tool for valuing the economic and health impacts of local parks and recreation assets.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Felicia Donnelly, Assistant City Manager , City of Oldsmar, Oldsmar, FL
Speaker: Evan Eleff, Executive Vice President, The Sports Facilities Advisory|The Sports Facilities Management, Clearwater, FL


Making Sustainable Finance Sustainable

Tuesday, October 22 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


How can local governments integrate capital finance into their sustainability plans? Discuss how capital finance strategies can be structured and utilized to contribute to sustainability all the while improving overall stewardship and efficiency.



The Next Resilience Frontier: Small and Mid-Sized Cities

Tuesday, October 22 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Small and mid-sized communities are ripe with opportunities to address climate, economic, and social resilience. Discuss strategies across public and private sectors that can help smaller communities access tools, identify risks, develop plans, and implement programs that contribute to community resilience.



Lessons from Flint

Tuesday, October 22 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Gain insights from those who lived through the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, firsthand. This session will provide background on the challenges the city faced as well as how the city is moving the community forward after the disaster. 6, 9, 10

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Michelle De Haan, City of Park City, Park City, UT
Speaker: David Ready, Esq., Ph.D., City Manager, City of Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
Moderator: Chris Wilson, Village Manager, Village of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, MI
Speaker: William Wolfson, Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer, Great Lakes Water Authority, Detroit, MI


The True Cost of Sustainability: Indirect Cost Maximization for Your Agency

Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


How does indirect cost impact your organization? How do you calculate your indirect cost to assure your maximum reimbursement? eCivis will discuss a case study on indirect costs, different methods of calculating it, and what it means to grants.

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Nicolie Lettini, Vice President of Indirect Cost Services, eCivis Inc., Sacramento, CA


Cities and Towns As Classrooms: Leveraging University Partnerships

Tuesday, October 22 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Do you ever feel that your community has untapped resources in nearby academic institutions? Hear how several local governments have leveraged university partnerships to further their sustainability goals while also building the capacity of universities as service providers and educators of the next generation of local government leaders. 2, 9, 10, 13

MODERATORS & SPEAKERS
Speaker: Laura Allen, Berlin, MD
Speaker: Jessica Barlow, Vice President, Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities - Network, San Diego, CA
Speaker: Julia Glanz, City Administrator, City of Salisbury, Salisbury, MD
Speaker: Marc Schlossberg, President, Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities - Network, Madison, WI


Redevelopment Ready Communities

Wednesday, October 23 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Over the last 25 years, communities have revitalized and redeveloped former commercial, industrial, and transportation sites for productive new uses. Local governments in partnership with the private sector, nonprofit groups, state and federal agencies, philanthropic entities and other stakeholders have transformed neighborhoods and jurisdictions through effective policies and programs. During this roundtable we’ll discuss the factors that can lead to redevelopment ready communities as well as the many challenges that more than a few places face in trying to redevelop their brownfield, vacant, or mothballed properties.