You'll learn about:
• Successful state- and regional-level approaches to supporting local sustainability planning, with detailed exploration of specific resources and assistance offered
• Common challenges to and useful tools for local sustainability and resiliency planning
• The variety of partners needed for successful local sustainability projects
Planners at all levels are confronting the challenges of natural resource depletion, pollution, health disparities, water systems, transportation systems, and climate change. Recently four states (New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Hampshire) assumed the challenge of bringing sustainability, resilience, and quality of life into regional and municipal planning. While each one defined the scope differently and employed a unique mix of strategies for providing guidance and resources, common tactics and challenges nonetheless emerged.
This session explores how these governments have addressed sustainability with a comprehensive, long-term approach and transformed operations, programs, and policies to integrate sustainability in all they do. It features examples of state and regional data sources and planning tools that have helped local governments work toward a more sustainable future. You will learn how your community can adapt these examples and make the most of similar opportunities.
About the Speakers
Dazzle Ekblad is a Climate Policy Analyst for the Office of Climate Change at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Originally from Minnesota, Dazzle works out of the DEC’s central office in Albany. She holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources Policy from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. In her current role at the DEC, Dazzle is focused on management of the Climate Smart Communities program and implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act. She has a background in both financial management and environmental science, and a passion for gardening and birds of prey.
Alicia Hunt is the Director of Energy & Environment for the City of Medford, MA. Her office functions as the Sustainability Office and she collaborates with other departments, committees and the schools to enhance Medford’s sustainability. Alicia is responsible for Medford's 2010 designation as one of the first Green Communities in Massachusetts and has been an active participant of the program ever since. Over the past 2 years Alicia has led Medford's efforts in the areas of Adaptation and Climate Change planning and is currently working on a climate vulnerability assessment for the City of Medford. Alicia holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies, both from MIT.
Mr. Solomon is one of the principals that founded and directs Sustainable Jersey certification program for municipalities and schools. Prior this he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon's policy experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. Other jobs include a stint as a national Park Ranger and serving in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps volunteers. He has participated on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and has advised major corporations. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, energy, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues. He has a BS in Biology from Stockton College, an MS in Public Policy from Rutgers.
Christine Kane, CFRE is Executive Director at Audubon International, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work and play. To achieve this mission AI is currently working with public and private communities, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, hotels/resorts, businesses and schools in 34 countries around the world. Christine has served at the senior management level in the nonprofit sector for the majority of her career and is skilled in all areas of nonprofit management, fund development and communications. She holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University, a B.S. in Forestry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential, the only internationally recognized, professional credential for fundraising professionals.