Are you concerned that current efforts to make our communities more sustainable are falling short?

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop about establishing grassroots green organizations that promote local sustainable practices and also have positive economic impacts in the community.  The workshop was a product of theLivability Project and led by its founder Dave Feldman.  Dave is a seasoned organizer and environmental professional.  He is also the founder and first Executive Director ofBethesda Green (Maryland), one of the country’s most successful green community organizations.

My workshop experience was so educational and on point that I told Dave that if he developed an online greening program for communities, I would endorse it and promote it to the SSF community.  He did.  

I invite you to take Dave’s online program of two 90-minute webinars where you will learn how to accelerate your community’s transition to a sustainable and prosperous economy, making it more adaptable, resilient, and durable from all angles — financial, social and environmental.

 

Growing Livable Communities Webinars

Two Part, Webinar Event

Dec. 9th and Dec. 16th

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

 

Standard Price: $99

Student Price: $59

Previously offered only as in-person workshops costing hundreds, Dave is introducing this inaugural online webinar series for only $99. However, the SSF community gets a 20% discount off the standard price.  Use code –  SSF – at registration.  

Learn Dave’s proven strategies to create, organize, coordinate, incubate, and grow a sustainable community. Additionally, he will provide all registered attendees with a “toolkit” to help prepare you to tackle green projects in your community. 

Communities can make fast green shifts that have dramatic impacts. This is why I am recommending this live event to introduce Dave’s proven process to everyone in my network.

Presenter, Dave Feldman, is Founding Director of Bethesda Green and CEO of Livability Project.  He is a coalition builder, strategic thinker, entrepreneur, and sustainability thought-leader furthering the goals of regional, sustainable, and economic development. He brings together knowledge and experience from business, government, and the not-for-profit sectors to create applicable solutions that create livable communities for the longterm. Watch the video for more.

 

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Some are heralding the recent agreement between U.S. President Barack Obama and China President Xi Jinping on climate change as an historic step in the right direction for climate security, and others doubt the agreement is a game changer. While the agreement between the presidents of the world’s largest economies could set an important example to other national leaders at the 2015 Paris Convention, it is in the very least raising questions.

Join The Security and Sustainability Forum next Tuesday as we convene global experts to discuss the agreement, its historical and its potential significance in light of existing and expected U.S. and China policy. Sponsored by Willdan Energy Solutions.

 

The Speakers

Peter Saundry

Session moderator Peter Saundry, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a non-partisan organization of scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers working to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. Dr. Saundry is an experienced leader in building coalitions of individuals and organizations to promote environmental science and its utility in addressing societal concerns.

Robert Perciasepe
Robert Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and former deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Bob, has spent more than 30 years as an environmental policy leader in and outside government. In addition to holding several senior posts at EPA, Perciasepe served as Maryland’s Secretary of the Environment and was the chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society.

Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson founded the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) in 2004 to help governments and stakeholders understand and formulate responses to climate change. Over the past decade this included developing and implementing a widely recognized template for comprehensive, multi objective, consensus based planning and analysis that led to the development of 22 US state plans, national scale up and integration of subnational climate action plans in the US, the Low Emissions Development System for the six Border States of Mexico, and the Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis System for the Provinces of China.

William Schulte

William Schulte is a Fellow at the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law (PEL) at Vermont Law School. The PEL program supports a broad range of capacity-building activities in environmental and energy law through partnerships involving U.S. and Chinese universities, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Prior to PEL, he practiced environmental law in the public interest in Newark, New Jersey where he represented environmental and community groups on matters related to environmental permit reviews, environmental justice, air pollution reduction, watershed protection, and energy infrastructure proposals, among others.

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Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities, presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 and Region 2.

PresenterMichael Simpson, MS, MA, Co-Director, AUNE Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies

 

 

ModeratorIrene Boland Nielson, MPA, Climate Change Coordinator at U.S. EPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This webinar presented results from NOAA and U.S. EPA funded research from 2007 through 2013, in the context of rural, the peri-urban, and urban watersheds in New England and the upper Midwest. This research examined the hydrologic impact of climate change and land use scenarios on existing water conveyance infrastructure. The built infrastructure in the watersheds were assessed and mapped in order to generate multiple build-out analyses for the watersheds using current land use regulations. Vulnerable infrastructure was identified and a marginal cost analysis was completed for alternative actions of response. Participants learned how these studies informed community resilience that increased stakeholder capacity at the local level in adapting to change.

 

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Presenter: Dr. Rob Roseen, Associate at Geosyntec Consultants in Portsmouth, NH

This webinar addresses assessment, planning, and adaptation to not only better prepare for the next emergency, but to sustainably manage flooding, and stormwater to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy. Participants will leave this webinar with knowledge about the latest innovative approaches to understand the effects of inland flooding and apply low-impact development (LID), site design, and smart growth practices at different scales of implementation. There will be reference to pioneering hydrology-based, sub-watershed approaches that have shown mitigation potential not only for storm water and flooding, but to the loss and degradation in water quality.

This webinar is part of the series, Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities, presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For more information on this webinar series, visit our website: http://www.antiochne.edu/community/center-climate-preparedness-community-resilience/.

Contact Christa Daniels, AICP for questions at cdaniels1@antioch.edu

[AICP Credit Pending]

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Special thanks go to the sponsor for this webinar and many other SSF webinars,  Island Press.

The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little awareness of the adverse effects of what we have constructed-or the positive benefits of well designed built environments.

A conversation was held between three thought leaders in public health and urban planning and design — UCLA Professor Richard Jackson, co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health and co-editor of Making Healthy Places; and Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia and author of Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism plus several other books on urban and environmental planning.

Urban greening efforts often focus on everything except nature, emphasizing public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of urban living, they are not enough, said Beatley. “We must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis)”. Any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms.”

Beatley and Jackson discussed creating cities that that are compelling and healthy places to live, work, and play.

Speakers

Georges Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

 

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Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a faculty member in the departments of Pediatrics, Urban Planning, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. A pediatrician and public health leader, he has served as State Health Officer for California and in many other leadership positions in both the environmental health and infectious disease fields. For nine years he was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, for which he received the Presidential Distinguished Service award

Beatley-photo-2007Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, biodiversity conservation and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places.

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October 16 – Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment

October 6, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT Georges Benjamin ( American Public Health Association Executive Director ) and Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute, provided context for why we need to be considering resilience in looking at the built environment during the coming decades. Alex gave an overview of practical measures that [...]

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New Climate Metrics: The Case for New Climate Change Metrics

October 6, 2014

Often overlooked in the dialogue about how to combat climate change, yet vital to this discussion, are the metrics used for climate accounting. These climate metrics lie at the heart of treaty negotiations, government policies, carbon registries, and corporate goal-setting, and are the basis for evaluating how billions of dollars are invested for carbon offsets [...]

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Transforming Communities Through Urban Architecture: A Conversation with Jaime Lerner and Hillary Brown

September 28, 2014

Can individuals and small-scale initiatives really have an impact on global sustainability? In this webinar we discovered why changes to a community don’t need to be large-scale and expensive to have a transformative impact. The Security and Sustainability Forum  and Island Press had a special conversation with visionary architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner and City College Professor, architect [...]

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Connecting Oceans and Cities: Rethinking a Crucial Relationship to Drive Innovative and Sustainable Urban Development

September 28, 2014

Modern society is dependent upon ocean resources in more ways than people realize – from oil and gas extraction and wind energy, to global fisheries production, to medicinal compounds derived from sea creatures. As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, renowned author (Blue Urbanism) and architecture professor Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for [...]

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Renewable Energy Series – Developing the RFP

September 19, 2014

The last in SSF’s 8 part series on Renewable Energy on Institutional Property, this session focused on Energy efficiency and renewable energy contracting, which is a new art for many government and institutional entities. Whether a direct purchase or in a third-party owned and operated public private partnership, procuring these highly valuable cost reduction systems [...]

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