Conference promotes ways cities can become more sustainable

Model policies, ordinances and strategies devoted to making local governments and communities sustainable will be the focus of the Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference scheduled for March 19 in Saint Paul. Several hundred local government staff and members from block clubs, neighborhoods, schools, faith-based organizations and other associations will gather to listen to subject experts, share outreach tips, and learn how to develop community-wide sustainability plans.

2009 Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference
Keynote address: Mayor Ken Melamed, Whistler, British Columbia
How Whistler, used the Natural Step Framework to Create their City's Sustainable Vision and Action Plan

Thursday, March 19, noon to 9:30 p.m.
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community
179 Robie St. E., Saint Paul

Local Government Sustainability Workshop ($25 registration fee) Noon to 6 p.m.
Neighborhood Sustainability Conference (free, registration required)

The afternoon session will be devoted to local government initiatives and the evening session will focus on neighborhood sustainability. Conference participants will participate in breakout sessions and learn about community engagement tools, expanded energy efficiency methods, renewable energy initiatives, green jobs, active living, walking, biking, transit use, zero waste and storm water management.

To register, visit the Alliance for Sustainability website or call (612) 331-1099, extension 1. Participants can also register to attend the four regional metro roundtables that will follow in Oakdale, New Brighton, Edina and Eagan.

Regional Roundtables (free, registration required)
March 26 (Oakdale), April 16 (New Brighton), May 4 (Edina) and May 7 (Eagan)

The conference is presented by the Alliance for Sustainability and sponsored by several organizations, including the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Hennepin County, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Organizations are encouraged to contact conference sponsors to set up exhibits promoting sustainability efforts.

Program(s) for the 2009 Sustainability Conference and Metro Roundtables (pdf)

March 03, 2009

Published Mar. 3, 2009