Two-day workshop puts focus on sustainable communities

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Posted Feb. 19

Sustainable communities will be in the spotlight during a two-day workshop next month at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha.

Community and business leaders, labor leaders and union members, elected officials, citizen activists and others are invited to attend the Sustainable Communities Public Policy Forum on March 25-26. Attendees will be able to connect with sustainability experts, share ideas from their own communities and contribute policy recommendations to help Wisconsin create strong, equitable and sustainable communities.

March 25 will feature case studies of sustainable communities including La Crosse, Neenah and Chequamegon Bay in Wisconsin; Duluth and Northfield in Minnesota; and Greensburg, Kansas. In addition, David Morris, vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Minneapolis, will discuss the importance of designing local rules to promote sustainability, in particular for energy production and consumption locally.

March 26 will be roll-up-the-sleeves time through a hands-on, half-day session that includes a keynote address by Michael Dombeck, professor of global Conservation at UW-Stevens Point. He will talk about the role of public policy in creating a healthy environment, offer an overview of significant achievements to date and share his perspective on how citizens can influence the policy making process.

After Dombeck’s presentation, breakout sessions will provide participants the opportunity to develop policy recommendations to support community sustainability, with those recommendations later compiled – and credited – in a document for local and state leaders.

The forum is the third in a series of Wisconsin Idea Forums focusing University of Wisconsin System resources on Wisconsin's most vexing economic, environmental and social challenges.

The cost to attend is $100 per person or $50 for one day. For more information or to register, click here.

–By MaryBeth Matzek