Local communities can commit to a higher quality of life by focusing on air and water quality, pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and resident equity and engagement.
United through the Regional Indicators Initiative (RII), 27 cities in Minnesota are tracking their annual energy, water, travel, and waste performance, and using these indicators to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions. With seven years of data publically available, these cities are leveraging lessons they've learned from their past — and from their neighbors — to create strategic plans for the future.
This ongoing initiative helps connect the state's sustainability framework and position individual cities within the context of the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals. It helps quantify the effects of implementing best practices, such as those defined in Minnesota's GreenStep Cities program.
This panel will discuss the key findings and demonstrate tools that assist city energy planning, such as an interactive 'wedge' diagram. St. Louis Park's sustainability coordinator will describe how they're using the data to influence change through sustainability planning, policy and outreach.
The team will also discuss USGBC's newest rating system LEED for Cities and Communities and describe the synergies between the LEED for Cities platform and the RII program. This program qualifies for 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour.
Lunch is included with registration.
- Becky Alexander - LHB
- Rick Carter - LHB
- Shannon Pinc - City of St. Louis Park
- Describe the Regional Indicators Initiative and its key energy, water, travel, waste, and green house gas emissions findings.
- Apply the lessons learned from the Regional Indicators Initiative and the City of St. Louis Park to suggest best practices at the scale of the citizen, business, and neighborhood in your city.
- Leverage data collection and wedge diagramming to develop a strategic plan for greenhouse gas reductions at an individual, organization, commuinty or regional scale.
- Understand the synergies between the Regional Indicators Initiative and LEED for Cities.
Sponsors: HGA Architects and Engineers
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Email Brent Suski for more information.