Forging University-Municipality Partnerships Toward Urban Sustainability

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Forging University-Municipality Partnerships Toward Urban Sustainability

October 13, 2017

Recorded Event

About the Conference

Conference Proceedings 

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The conference was co-convened by Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Yale Office of Sustainability, and the City of New Haven.  The goal of the conference was to inspire progress by sharing successful examples of university-municipality collaboration on sustainability efforts. Three sessions were organized around individual thematic panels, each of which included four cities with paired speakers representing universities and municipalities describing a collaborative project. The event attracted an audience of students, faculty, community members, and sustainability professionals.

Location: Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511. This event was open to the public.  

The conference’s thematic panels with speakers representing universities and municipalities include:

Leading in Partnership with New Haven Mayor Harp, Yale University President Salovey, Madison Mayor Soglin, and University of Wisconsin Vice Chancellor Hoslet

Transportation (Mass Transit and Bicycling) with Madison, Davis, Providence, and Minneapolis

Stormwater and Resilience with Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, and Baltimore

Climate Action with South Bend, Vancouver, Boulder, and Ann Arbor

Schedule of Events

9:00am to 9:30am

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Ingrid C. "Indy" Burke, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean; Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
Moderator
9:30am to 10:30am

Leading in Partnership

Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven

Peter Salovey, President of Yale University

Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison

Charles Hoslet, Vice Chancellor for University Relations, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dr. Ingrid C. "Indy" Burke, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean; Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
Moderator
10:45am to 12:15pm

Transportation Panel

MADISON, WI + UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Rob Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Senior Transportation Planner

Charles Kamp, Madison Metro Transit

General Manager

DAVIS, CA + UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS

Jeff Flynn, UC Davis

General Manager

Brian Abbanat, City of Davis

Senior Transportation Planner

PROVIDENCE, RI + BROWN UNIVERSITY

Al Dahlberg, Brown University

Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Martina Haggerty, City of Providence

Special Projects Director, Department of Planning and Development

MINNEAPOLIS, MN + UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Steve Sanders, University of Minnesota

Alternative Transportation Manager

Simon Blenski, City of Minneapolis

Planner, Transportation Planning and Programming Division

Doug Hausladen, City of New Haven

Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking
12:15pm to 1:15pm

Lunch (provided)

1:15pm to 2:45pm

Stormwater, Flood Management and Resilience Panel

CAMBRIDGE, MA + MIT

Brian Goldberg '03 MEM, MIT

Project Manager, Office of Sustainability

John Bolduc, City of Cambridge

Environmental Planner

BIRMINGHAM, AL + UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Brian Pillay, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Direcus Cooper, City of Birmingham

Stormwater Specialist

BALTIMORE, MD + UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE

Nancy Jones, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute

Data Manager

Kim Grove, Baltimore City

Chief for the Office of Compliance and Laboratories

PITTSBURGH, PA + CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh

Chief Resilience Officer

Anna Siefken, Carnegie Mellon University Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Associate Director for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships

Gaboury Benoit, Ph.D., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Grinstein Class of 1954 Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Professor of Environmental Engineering
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Climate Action Panel

ANN ARBOR, MI + UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jenna Jorns, Ph.D., The University of Michigan

Program Manager, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA)

Matthew Naud, City of Ann Arbor

Environmental Coordinator

BOULDER, CO + UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

David Kang, University of Colorado Boulder

Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety and the Chief Facilities Officer

Jonathan Koehn, City of Boulder

Regional Sustainability Coordinator

VANCOUVER, BC + UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria Smith, University of British Columbia

Director Communications and Engagement, UBC Sustainability Initiative

Brad Badelt, City of Vancouver

Assistant Director of Sustainability

SOUTH BEND, IN

Therese Dorau, South Bend

Director, Office of Sustainability

Ginger Chapman, Yale University

Director, Office of Sustainability
Moderator
4:45pm to 5:15pm

Closing Remarks

Murali Chandrashekaran, Ph.D., Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Vice Provost
5:15pm to 6:00pm

Action Social hosted by TsaiCITY (Center of Innovative Thinking at Yale)

Building on the energy and ideas generated in the conference panels and discussions throughout the day, there will be time to chat and network with fellow delegates and speakers to talk about what could happen next! All event attendees and their colleagues welcome.